Jonathan Davis, the frontman of the nu-metal band Korn, has reminisced about the time they released their fourth studio album, ‘Issues,’ and confessed that he was going insane mentally and physically as they tried to imitate one of the most successful rock bands of all time, Led Zeppelin in that period.
During the latest interview he gave to the Kerrang, Jonathan Davis has revealed some little-known details about the production process of the album, ‘Issues,’ which is one of Korn’s top-selling records ever.
Within the conversation, Davis recalled his memories from the years, 1998 and 1999, when the album came out. The great frontman unveiled the fact that, as a band, they wanted to be like Led Zeppelin putting a record out every year, which is what they did back then.
Jonathan said they’d tour, do a cycle, and do another record. In such a crazy time, ‘Issues,’ which the musician called his first record sober, was released. Looking back to those days, Davis realized that he was detoxing, but at the time, he said, he thought he was really going mad.
‘Issues’ by Korn was released on November 16, 1999, through Immortal Records. The album was promoted throughout 2000 by the band’s highly successful Sick and Twisted Tour. The record sold almost 575,000 copies in its first six days of being released and went to number 1 on the Billboard 200, preventing both Dr. Dre’s ‘2001’ and Celine Dion’s ‘All the Way… A Decade of Song’ from going to number 1.
To celebrate the release of ‘Issues,’ Korn performed the entire album in its running order at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater. On December 22, 1999, one month after the album’s release date, ‘Issues’ was certified 3x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Here’s what Jonathan Davis said about the album, referring to Led Zeppelin:
“‘Issues’ was 1999 and ‘Follow the Leader’ was 1998. We wanted to be like Led Zeppelin putting a record out every year, which is what they did back then.
We’d tour, do a cycle, and do another record… Untouchables was the longest we took to make a record. ‘Issues‘ was crazy – that was my first record sober.
I did it cold turkey, no rehab, no nothing – I didn’t know what was going on, I was going insane. Now I look back, I realize I was detoxing, but at the time I thought I was really going mad.”
“That whole record is about that – the interludes in between were the weird thoughts in my head.
That album was fun to make; we did it really quickly with Brendan O’Brien. We did it at A&M Studios in Hollywood then went to Atlanta to finish it up and then boom, back out.”
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