Cody McDevitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently conducted an interview with KORN guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
On why the new album is untitled:
"We did come up with a few names for it, but it started to feel forced. Who says we have to title the album? So we decided to not do it. That's just kind of how it happened."
On the "MTV Unplugged" performance:
"I think for me it was kind of cool because we did the 'Unplugged' thing and I was never a really big CURE fan. After we did the song with them, we went back and listened to some of their records. I kind of really liked their stuff. There's some really dark and sad songwriting. I think that had some influence on the record as well."
On problems with temporary drummer Terry Bozzio:
"There were certain demands that he made. We weren't ready to meet those demands. We just brought him in to write. It's like some chick that you hang out with and all of a sudden they want to move in. What do you say to that? 'You were supposed to stay for the weekend, but you moved in all your (stuff).' It was kind of like that.
"He was a great guy and a phenomenal drummer. But the demands that he made were offensive. He wanted to be a member of the band, and that included ownership. We were like, 'What? You want to have 25 percent of everything?' We can't just sign away the right to music on a whim. Then all of a sudden he slaps us with this."