WANT TO GO?
Korn and Rob Zombie
WHERE: Big Sandy Superstore Arena, Huntington
WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday
INFO: Call 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com_____
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The path to joining Korn was a long one for drummer Ray Luzier.
The 43-year-old, who performs Saturday with the nu-metal band in Huntington, already had an established music career before he took the seat behind the drums for Korn seven years ago.
"It's been a rocky, rough career," he said. "But I don't regret any of it."
Luzier was a typical small town boy. He grew up on an 86-acre farm about 45 miles south of Pittsburgh.
"In the middle of nowhere," he said.
Luzier spent hours and hours playing the drums. He played at the local high school and was part of a teenage rock band.
"I knew if I wanted to make a living playing drums, I had to get out of there."
So, in 1988, at barely 18 years old, he and a friend decided to try to become rock stars in Los Angeles. They packed up a Dodge Maxiwagon and drove 2,600 miles.
Big name rock bands like Metallica, Poison and Guns N' Roses were regularly coming out the L.A. music scene, and Luzier's prospects seemed hopeful.
He attended the Musicians Institute in Hollywood and continued playing, but catching a break eluded him. And then, suddenly, L.A. wasn't in the spotlight anymore. Everyone was paying attention to the grunge rock bands coming out of Seattle like Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam.
"It kind of crushed a lot of my dreams at the time."
Luzier's friend left L.A., but the drummer stayed, piecing together a living doing session work, teaching and playing in different bands before landing an eight-year gig with former and now-current Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth.
That job, he said, taught him patience.
"A lot of people don't last more than a year with David," Luzier said.
Guitarist Steve Vai told him he deserved a parade and a medal for putting in eight.
Working with Roth was a rock and roll fantasy. Luzier was a huge Van Halen fan and said he'd had the singer's poster on his bedroom door when he was teen.