After a few years of quiet, metal band Korn is turning up the volume again with a new album and a headlining spot on the Jagermeister Music Tour. The touring festival launches its 16th season (and ninth overall year) on May 2 at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach, SC, and stays on the road through June 8 at Roseland Theatre in Portland, OR.
The current Jagermeister itinerary features 18 confirmed dates, including performances on May 10 at Roseland Ballroom in New York, NY; May 15 at Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee, WI; and May 30 at the Verizon Wireless Theater in Houston, TX.
A bulk of the one-month tour’s onsales started over the March 19-20 weekend, while a handful of the remaining public ticket sales are slated for March 26-27. More onsale details for announced dates are available on Korn’s official Web site.
However, some date confirmations and ticketing details are still pending for the spring trek. At least five additional cities are expected on the routing: Waterloo, IA; Minneapolis, MN; Omaha, NE; Kansas City, MO; and Wichita, KS.
Korn has been quick to put its own mark on the Jagermeister Music Tour, nicknaming this year’s outing the “Ballroom Blitz Tour” because of the planned standing-room only admission format.
“There is no sitting down on this one!” said Korn frontman Jonathan Davis in a tour statement, adding that the Ballroom Blitz title refers to “what we want to see out there — the die-hard Korn fans going nuts on the floor.”
The general admission scheme is “meant to recapture [Korn’s] early days,” which has also been the goal of the band’s forthcoming record. Korn is currently awaiting the release of its ninth studio album, “Korn III: Remember Who You Are,” which is due sometime this summer.
The band returned to its metal roots, sans production tools, for the new album, and decided to do the same for its tours.
“On ‘Korn III: Remember Who You Are’ it was the first time we’ve worked with Ross [Robinson] since our second album and these were the types of gigs we played back then,” Davis said of the general admission ticketing plan. “Those early tours were some of the best times of our lives. Now we are looking to bring that vibe back in a big way.”
This spring’s Jagermeister Music Tour will feature support from hard rock crew 2Cents, with local acts stepping in as openers along the way. Comedian Big Jay Oakerson will serve as the traveling festival’s emcee.
In past years, the Jagermeister Music Tour has run twice a year — one in spring and again in fall. However, for the first time since its opening year, 2009’s outing featured only a spring leg, headlined by Pennywise and Pepper.
Jagermeister Music Tour itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)
|May 2||North Myrtle Beach, SC||House of Blues|
|May 3||Charlotte, NC||Fillmore Charlotte|
|May 6||Clifton Park, NY||Northern Lights|
|May 7||Hampton Beach, NH||Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom|
|May 8||Lewiston, ME||Androscoggin Bank Colisee|
|May 10||New York, NY||Roseland Ballroom|
|May 12||Scranton, PA||Scranton Cultural Center|
|May 15||Milwaukee, WI||Eagles Ballroom|
|May 18||Fargo, ND||The Venue|
|May 20||Rochester, MN||Mayo Civic Center Auditorium|
|May 21||Bismarck, ND||Bismarck Civic Center|
|May 22||Rapid City, SD||Rushmore Theatre|
|May 26||Grand Island, NE||Heartland Events Center|
|May 29||San Antonio, TX||Sunken Garden Amphitheatre|
|May 30||Houston, TX||Verizon Wireless Theater|
|June 1||Laredo, TX||Laredo Entertainment Center|
|June 2||Lubbock, TX||The Pavilion @ Lone Star Event Center|
|June 8||Portland, OR||Roseland Theatre|