For the first time in nearly two decades, Korn performed their track “Daddy” live as the rockers kicked off the 20th anniversary of Korn tour March 13th at Las Vegas’ Brooklyn Bowl. The band last performed the devastating track, which recounts singer Jonathan Davis being molested as a child, back in April 1995. As the group is performing their entire self-titled LP onstage this trek, Davis was once again forced to confront “Daddy” in front of an audience (via Blabbermouth).
The Korn version of “Daddy” ends with four minutes of Davis sobbing in the vocal booth, and as he told Rolling Stone in our oral history of their debut album, the singer had no idea producer Ross Robinson was still recording. “It was just a special moment that I did not know was being recorded, for one, because Ross is a prick and kept the fuckin’ tape running.” Brian “Head” Welch added, “It was one of the most intense things I ever witnessed in my life. It was so crazy; I thought he was joking at first ’cause he was really bawling and everything. But it was very, very intense.”
Davis didn’t try to replicate that emotional moment as Korn performed the album-closing track, but considering how long it’s been since the band had played the track, the rendition showed no signs of rust. The 20th anniversary trek – which does not feature drummer David Silveria – also featured Korn busting out “Shoots and Ladders” for the first time since 1997.
“I’ll be playing ‘Daddy,’ but that song is just so old news to me,” Davis told Rolling Stone. “It’s not going to affect me like it did back then. There was abuse there, I dealt with it, and the person who abused me is dead now. Karma took them [laughs]. And, y’know, I’ve buried that. I’m just going to play the song for the people that need it, you know what I mean?”