Grammy Award-Winning Hard Rock Innovators Korn to be Inducted into Guitar Center's Historic RockWalk
Guitar Center is proud to announce the upcoming induction of Grammy Award-winning hard rock innovators Korn, into the retailer's historic RockWalk. The private, invite only induction ceremony is set to take place on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Noon at Guitar Center's Hollywood location on Sunset Boulevard. After two Grammy Awards, eleven MTV Video Music Award nominations, and millions of records sold, the members of Korn will take their place amongst fellow rock idols in Guitar Center's RockWalk. Adding to the celebratory nature of the day, Korn will also be releasing their hotly anticipated eleventh studio album, The Paradigm Shift on Oct. 8, 2013.
"When you look at the names of the other people inducted here all you can say is 'wow!' What an honor!" says JoNathan Davis of Korn.
Adds Munky, "When we started out we were five guys in a garage with a dream. I'd like to think we tried our best to create some great music and an innovative sound but to be honest we are truly humbled to be included here."
"Korn is about as innovative and influential as they come," said Dave Weiderman, Chairman of Guitar Center's RockWalk. "They have been purveyors of metal's progression since their formation, and are even credited with creating the Nu Metal subgenre. For these reasons, and many more, Korn is exactly the type of band the RockWalk is here to honor."
Guitar Center's RockWalk is dedicated to honoring those artists who have made a significant impact and lasting contribution to the growth and evolution of Rock 'n' Roll, Blues and R&B. As the newest RockWalk inductees, Korn's handprints will reside alongside the handprints, signatures, and faces of other equally accomplished musicians and innovators such as Eric Clapton, George Martin, Jimmy Page, Iron Maiden, Carlos Santana, Johnny Cash, Van Halen, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Marvin Gaye, JAmes Brown, B.B. King, Stevie Wonder, Run-D.M.C. and Queen, among numerous others.
Purveyors of heavy music's progression since forming inBakersfield,CAin1993,Korn has become one of the most influential entities that the genre has ever seen. Their legendary self-titled debut album took the world by storm with its schizophrenic metallic catharsis. Immediately, they earned a place in the hearts of fans across the globe. Their third offering,1998'sFollow the Leader, bridged the gap between hip hop and heavy metal seamlessly and solidified them as inspirational innovators. Numerous acts "followed the leader," and heavy metal underwent a renaissance in the early2000's withKornat the forefront. Slipknot,Staind,Disturbedand countless others nodded to the group as an inspiration. In addition, they've garneredGrammy Awards forBest Short Form Videofor "Freak on a Leash" and forBest Metal Performancefor "Here to Stay."They are now gearing up for their new album, The Paradigm Shift,which marks the emotional return of co-founding guitaristBrian "Head" Welch. The album also serves as the follow-up to the band's2011 critically acclaimed trend-setting dubstep metal hybrid,The Path of Totality. The Paradigm Shift is set to be released on Oct. 8, 2013.