Puddle Of Mudd, Deadsy Tapped For Korn Tour

Bands set to prime domestic crowds for their first dose of live Korn in nearly two years.

Puddle of Mudd and Deadsy will open the first leg of Korn's U.S. tour.

The bands are set to prime the ears of domestic crowds for their first dose of live Korn in nearly two years beginning June 20 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, according to Korn's publicist. The nü-metal quintet, whose last trek was in 2000 to support its fourth album, Issues, is set to release its new LP, Untouchables, on June 11.

While most of the dates and cities on the tour's itinerary have been confirmed for a month (see "Korn Plot Summer Tour"), only a handful of venues have been booked, among them the First Union Arena for the tour's kickoff, New York's Madison Square Garden on June 23 and the Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky, on July 9.

Dates through August 1 are expected to be added to the first leg of what's being called the Tour With No Name. A second leg, lasting roughly six weeks, is being assembled.

Puddle of Mudd will join the tour upon the completion of their headlining jaunt May 1 in Carbondale, Illinois, and following the handful of radio festivals they have scheduled until May 18.

Deadsy — the arty, goth quartet fronted by P. Exeter Blue I (a.k.a. Elijah Blue), who is the son of Cher and Gregg Allman — will use the trek to promote their much-delayed Commencement, due May 14. Korn's Jonathan Davis contributes vocals to the album's first single, "The Key to Gramercy Park" (see "Korn's Jonathan Davis Sings on Deadsy Track").

Deadsy had recorded an earlier version of the album in 1999, though it — along with a nine-song, self-titled debut from 1996 — never saw the light of day.

Fred Durst is the common thread woven through the tour, as the frontman for Limp Bizkit — a band which got its big break with help from Korn — recently directed the videos for both openers' latest singles (see "Deadsy Hold Their Breath For Durst-Directed Video").

In other Korn news, the film score to "Queen of the Damned," which was composed by Jonathan Davis, will be released as an LP this summer.