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KORN - Frontman: New Touring Guitarist Will Not Appear On Stage
KORN frontman Jonathan Davis has confirmed that the band have hired former
OTEP guitarist Rob Patterson to play guitar for the band on their upcoming
European tour. In a posting on his ButtSexCrips.com web site, Davis writes,
"We hired Rob Patterson to play guitar for the European dates but he will
not be on stage. We don't want to use samples or tape, 'cause that would
suck. We are not ready to have a new guy on stage with us. This is for the
first Europe run only. We have some new exciting ideas on how we are gonna
play live in the future and I am sure it will blow your mind."
KORN are currently mixing their new album with producer Terry Date (DEFTONES,
PANTERA, SOULFLY) for a tentative October release. "Mixing is going great,"
Davis writes. "13 songs done and they sound fucking amazing." Matrix (AVRIL
LAVIGNE, THE MOONEY SUZUKI) and Atticus Ross (BAD RELIGION, PINK) were responsible
for most of the production duties on the follow-up to 2003's "Take a Look
in the Mirror", with only one track from the band's sessions with Dallas
Austin slated to appear on the effort. Songtitles set to appear on the CD
include "Liar", "Politix", "Last Legal Drug", "Le Petit Mort", "It's Me
Again", "Coming Undone", "I've Seen It All" and "Souvenir of Sadness".
As previously reported, KORN are close to inking a new record deal with
EMI/Virgin, according to Hits Daily Double, the companion web site of music
industry tip sheet HITS. The proposed deal is said to be for two albums
and a one-third interest in the band's publishing, merchandising and ticket
sales as part of a new contractual model, a la Robbie Williams. The fine
points are being hammered out by attorney Gary Stiffelman and manager Jeff
Kwatinetz on the band's side of the table, and by EMI North America head
David Munns in tandem with Virgin topper Matt Serletic.