KoRn built their large fan base through touring. Their debut album initially sold over 700,000 copies just from their tours with more established artists like Ozzy Osbourne and Megadeth. That album eventually went platinum.
They formed in Bakersfield, California.
They had their nicknames since they were young. Arvizu had big chubby cheeks when he was a kid so they called him Garfield... later on it became Fieldy. Shaffer is able to spread his toes out to where they look like monkey hands, which is where the name Munky came from. Welch has a big head ("Go get me any hat and it won't fit"), so he earned the name Head. Davis and Silveria don't use nicknames though Jon is often called HIV, he also has a tattoo of this. (thanks, Chad - oakland, MD)
David, Fieldy, and Munky all first played together under the name LAPD and recorded an album. When they brought along Head, they changed their name to Creep. The addition of Davis brought the name Korn. The band LAPD initially stood for Laughing As People Die, but later it was changed to Love And Peace Dude. (thanks, Aby - Ajman, United Arab Emirates)
Davis had been in bands before (like Sex Art), but was on his way to becoming a mortician when the band called on him to join. His time as a mortician helped develop his fear of automobiles.
A spot on the 1997 Lollapalooza tour helped cement their entrance in the mainstream. This tour was cut short, though, when Munky came down with viral meningitis.
They founded and headed up the Family Values Tour in 1998, which helped introduce the world to Limp Bizkit and Orgy, among others.
In 1998, a boy at a high school in Zeeland, Michigan was suspended for wearing a Korn T-shirt to school when the principal claimed their music was obscene. The band members responded by handing out free T-shirts in front of the school.
Both guitarists use seven-string guitars (the seventh is a low B-string). The bassist has a five-string bass. All of them tune their instruments lower than normal.
Davis co-scored the 2002 movie The Queen of the Damned, starring Aaliyah.
In 1996, Korn became the first band to have an interactive Internet radio broadcast.
KoRn never tell anyone the lyrics to their songs based on their belief that their music is a very personal thing. Anytime you see lyrics to a KoRn song (even transcribed inside the official tablature books to their albums), it is a "best guess." (thanks, Nick - Paramus, NJ)
Davis used to practice the bagpipes for up to 6 hours a day when he was in High School. (thanks, Denise - tulsa, OK)
In 2005, Welch left the band to focus on his Christian faith. He left after discovering his daughter was reciting obscene Korn lyrics at school. Welch reunited with the band on stage at the Carolina Rebellion on May 5, 2012 for the first time in 7 years and on May 2, 2013, officially announced rejoining Korn. (thanks, Kenny - Semmes, AL)
Shaffer started playing the guitar when he accidentally got the top his left index finger cut off in a bike accident. (thanks, Julia - plainville, CT)
If it was not for David Silveria, Jonathan Davis would not have played the bagpipes in KoRn's music. David simply told him to pick them up and start playing them during band practice, and later the song "Shoots And Ladders
" was born.
Arvizu is left handed but he plays the bass right handed.
Upon completing their record deal with Sony Records, Korn partnered with EMI and signed to Virgin Records. EMI paid Korn $25 million upfront in exchange for a share in the profits of their next two albums, including tours and merchandising. (thanks, Chad - oakland, MD, for above 3)
Korn were featured on a Halloween episode of South Park where they did a concert for the people of South Park which lasted about 20 seconds and ended the episode. (thanks, ben - adelaide, Australia)
Davis and Fieldy have known each other all their lives because their fathers were in a band together. (thanks, Carlos - Manassas, VA)
In 2006, Davis started wearing what rappers call a "Grill," which are silver caps that are put on your top row of teeth. Davis did this because he wanted to make fun of the trend. (thanks, Jay - Avondale, AZ)
Their 2000 tour rider contains a request for a "Rock Friendly" lawyer, medical doctor, dentist, masseuse and/or chiropractor.
Founding member David Silveria left Korn in 2006 and was replaced by Ray Luzier. Having attempted to end the break in 2013, the drummer was told he would not be allowed to return.