Independent Staff Report
HOLLYWOOD — Guitar Center added the Grammy Award-winning hard rock band Korn into its historic RockWalk Tuesday in a private, invitation-only ceremony.
After two Grammy Awards, eleven MTV Video Music Award nominations, and millions of records sold, the members of Korn took their place among the other rock stars on the RockWalk. The event occurred the same day the band’s 11th studio album, “The Paradigm Shift,” was released.
“When you look at the names of the other people inducted here all you can say is ‘wow! What an honor!’” Jonathan Davis of Korn said.
“When we started out we were five guys in a garage with a dream,” band mate Munky added. “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 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 in Bakersfield in 1993, Korn has become one of the most influential entities in 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, 1998s “Follow the Leader,” bridged the gap between hip hop and heavy metal seamlessly and solidified them as innovators.
Numerous acts “followed the leader,” and heavy metal underwent a renaissance in the early 2000s with Korn at the forefront. Slipknot, Staind, Disturbed and countless others nodded to the group as an inspiration.
Guitar Center’s RockWalk became a reality in November 1985 with inaugural inductions including Stevie Wonder, Eddie Van Halen, the creator of the Gibson Les Paul guitar Ted McCarty, Martin Guitar founder C.F. Martin III and Marshall Amplifier creator Jim Marshall.