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American metal band Korn gave an overwhelming performance to an underwhelming crowd.
The first thing one noticed on the tramp to Gurgaon's Leisure Valley Grounds was a distinct paucity in humanity. Where were the screaming masses and reverent fans? Where were the 'Children of the Korn'? The tangible excitement in the air was missing.
But seeing the concert set-up drove out all such thoughts from the mind. The metal and canvas super structure, the flashing iridescent lights and the thumping speakers made up for the scarcity of the audience. Korn owned the stage as soon as it strode on to it. The members of the band started with songs from their latest album The Path of Totality — including Get up and Chaos lives in everything — which the crowd ate up. Midway through the first set, there was a sudden rumble as the organisers took down the barricades between the Premium (in front of the stage) and the General (far away from the stage) sections and finally, hordes of roaring fans charged forward to get up, close and personal with the band.
During their nearly two-hour performance, Korn also performed many of its old favourites such as Falling away from me and the Grammy-winning track Freak on a leash. Highlights of the performance included lead singer Jonathan Davis coming on stage playing bagpipes — which marked the opening of Shoots and ladders — and drummer Ray Luzier's solo towards the end. The favourite moment, however, was Korn's rendition of Pink Floyd's Another brick in the wall, which had the crowd almost weeping in joy. As the concert ended with Blind, the night got as perfect as it could.
The acoustics were brilliant, and the music as well as the vocals were nigh-studio quality. The security was quite impeccable, which is not surprising given that the cop-to-audience ratio was roughly one to 10. The organisers, Mooz Entertainment, had done a stellar job on the event. Only if there were more people to appreciate it.