As Spinal Tap's manager famously said, just because a metal band that used to play arenas is now playing clubs doesn't mean the group is less popular, but rather that ''their appeal is becoming more selective.'' That line comes to mind with the announcement that once-mighty metal monsters Korn and Limp Bizkit, who rocked arenas together on the Family Values Tour in 1999, will be co-headlining ''Back 2 Basics,'' a mini-tour of 12 club dates in November.
''We're very excited about it because it's about us going back to the day when we were doing little halls and Bizkit were opening for us,'' Korn singer Jonathan Davis told MTV News on Monday. ''Those were the good ol' days, and so we're trying to recreate that again. We always do something different when we have a new album coming out and we decided this bill would be really, really cool.''
The ''Back 2 Basics'' tour starts Nov. 10 in Las Vegas, then heads to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Denver, Minneapolis, Chicago, St. Louis, New York, Boston, and Detroit, wrapping in Toronto on Nov. 28. Venues and ticket information will be announced on local radio stations before each date.
Korn, whose CD ''Take a Look in the Mirror'' comes out Nov. 25, first toured with the then-little-known Bizkit in 1995 and helped the band get signed. Bizkit's latest, ''Results May Vary,'' has fallen out of the Billboard Top 20 in its fifth week in stores and has sold about 610,000 copies to date, according to SoundScan.