PHOTOS: Korn relives 1998’s ‘Follow the Leader’ at the Masonic

Korn, Jonathan Davis

Korn performs at The Masonic in San Francisco on Sept. 12, 2018. Photos: Alessio Neri

SAN FRANCISCO — Korn, one of the leading bands of the late ’90s nu-metal movement, brought its Follow The Leader 20th anniversary tour to the Masonic Wednesday night.

The show was separated into three acts, with the majority of 1998’s Follow the Leader coming first, followed by a smaller section of hits and a four-song encore.

Korn kicked things off with “It’s On,” “Freak on a Leash” and “Got The Life.” The last two songs of the movement, “B.B.K.” and “Justin,” were very possibly the most anticipated, because the former had not been played since 1999, and the latter was getting its live debut as a complete song.

The hits section included fan favorites like “Blind,” “Clown” and “Somebody Someone.”

Frontman Jonathan Davis’ wife died only a few weeks ago, and Davis and his bandmates were obviously still dealing with grief. During the encore, Davis dedicated “4 U” to her.

“This was my wife’s favorite song,” he screamed.

Korn concluded with “My Gift To You,” which the band performed for the first time in 15 years.

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