Korn last week rolled through DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston on the seventh annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, performing alongside Avenged Sevenfold, Trivium, Asking Alexandria and more.
A few hours before the band's set, Korn guitarist "Munky" spoke with the Lansing State Journal about why the group, who would pretty much play any tour at this point, wanted to be a part of Mayhem.
"We did it about four years ago, in 2010, and we had a really good time and it was a really positive experience," Munky said. "I think we reached and gained some new fans, so, it's always good to play festivals because you’re playing in front of the fans that wouldn't normally come see your band. I think that was the opportunity here."
Korn recently reunited with its original guitarist, Brian Head Welch, for the new album, 2013’s "The Paradigm Shift." Welch had left the band and started to pursue a Christian music career, but now does double duty between Korn and his Christian metal group, Love and Death.
Munky said having Welch back with Korn is akin to seeing a family member again.
"You know, a lot of fans have said, 'It's so great to have him back,' and every time I say that, I always think, 'It's not as great as it is for me,' because he's my brother," Munky said. "So, having him back… it's a family member. It's like you haven't seen your brother in so long, and now he's back with the family, and I think the band really needed him for a long time. So, now, to create that powerhouse Korn is supposed to sound like a wall of guitars is so pleasing to not only the fans but us when we’re in the studio coming up and riffing and creatively, so it's a lot of fun. It's fun again!"