Korn reschedules Scranton concert to Sept. 25 after Jonathan Davis tests positive for COVID-19
From a press release:
As fans lined up outside The Pavilion at Montage Mountain to see Korn and Staind on Saturday, Aug. 14, they were informed just before the show was scheduled to start that someone in the Korn camp tested positive for COVID-19.
While the news was disappointing to those who were already on the mountain, it turns out that person is lead vocalist Jonathan Davis, as a statement from the Grammy Award-winning metal band revealed today.
“We really appreciate your patience as we work out the next steps for our tour. On Saturday, we received the unfortunate news that Jonathan tested positive for COVID, and needless to say, we had to postpone the show last-minute. As a result of his positive test, we also need to reschedule the next handful of shows. As always, our primary goal is to ensure the safety of everyone involved, so this is something that has to be done,” the statement read.
“Jonathan’s spirits are high, and he’s resting and recovering now. We’re as disappointed as you are about the circumstances, but we’ll get through it though, and we can’t wait to see you once we’re back, firing on all cylinders once again. We thank you all for your love and support!”
Most of Korn’s shows upcoming have been rescheduled, while a few had to be canceled due to scheduling conflicts. The Scranton concert, which is presented by Hazleton active rock radio station 97.9X, will now be held on Saturday, Sept. 25 at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain (1000 Montage Mountain Rd., Scranton).
All previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new date. Seats as well as lawn tickets are still available at livenation.com.
Korn was originally scheduled to perform a co-headlining concert with Faith No More on Aug. 27, 2020, but their entire tour was canceled due to COVID-19.
Korn changed music with the release of their self-titled debut album. It was a record that would pioneer a movement and blur genres, while the band’s enduring success points to a larger cultural moment. The Fader noted, “There was an unexpected opening in the pop landscape, and Korn articulated a generational coming-of-angst for a claustrophobic, self-surveilled consciousness. Korn became the soundtrack for a generation’s arrival as a snarling, thrashing, systemically-restrained freak show.”
Since forming, Korn has sold 40 million albums worldwide, collected two Grammys, toured the world countless times, and set many records in the process that may never be surpassed. Vocalist Jonathan Davis, guitarists James “Munky” Shaffer and Brian “Head” Welch, bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu, and drummer Ray Luzier have continued to push the limits of the rock, alternative, and metal genres, while remaining a pillar of influence for legions of fans and generations of artists around the globe. The level of Korn’s reach transcends accolades and platinum certifications. They are “a genuine movement in a way bands cannot be now,” The Ringer attested. They represent a new archetype and radical innovation; their ability to transcend genre makes barriers seem irrelevant.
A stunning paean to loss and darkness, Korn’s 2019 album “The Nothing” proved to be another historic release for the band. It marked their 14th Top 10 entry on the Billboard 200 and lifted them into rarified air, giving them the fifth-most Top 10 debuts of any rock band in the history of the chart. Led by singles “You’ll Never Find Me,” “Can You Hear Me,” and “Cold,” Noisey declared “The Nothing” “continues Korn’s mission of probing the hidden corners and harsh realities of life within a shroud discordant darkness.” Revolver crowned it “Korn’s best album in over 10 years,” while Metal Hammer affirmed the album “recaptures the genuine darkness of their earlier works” in a glowing 4.5-out-of-5 star review. The Fader added, “Korn have never shied away from innovation… the icons have always looked forward,” and Los Angeles Times applauded the “deep and potent performances from the band, evoking their ever-present rage but also feelings of loss and isolation.” NME affirmed, “This urgent and important record will ensure the veterans don’t get lost in the shuffle.” Once again, Korn redefines, revitalizes, and reimagines the scope of rock music as perennial outliers and enduring iconoclasts.
Staind is comprised of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Aaron Lewis, lead guitarist Mike Mushok, bassist and backing vocalist Johnny April, and drummer Sal Giancarelli. Formed in 1995, the band released seven studio albums and eight Top 10 singles, selling over 15 million records worldwide. The album “Break the Cycle,” released in 2001 and certified five-times platinum by the RIAA, featured the smash single “It’s Been Awhile,” one of the most played songs in modern rock history, spending 20 weeks at No. 1. In 2019, after a five-year hiatus, Staind reunited for some unforgettable festival performances and a hometown reunion show at Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut where their new album “Live: It’s Been Awhile” was recorded.
This post was compiled by the staff of NEPA Scene.