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Summer concert: Korn, Stone Sour — and, yes, BABYMETAL! — to rock outdoors

Yui Mizuno of Japanese group Babymetal, which will perform at the Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater this summer.
Yui Mizuno of Japanese group Babymetal, which will perform at the Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater this summer. Invision/AP

Summer is taking shape for Boise headbangers.

In the first big news of 2017 for heavy metal fans, the Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater has announced an outdoor concert on Sunday, June 25: Korn, Stone Sour, Babymetal, Yelawolf and Islander.

Tickets to this skull-crushing marathon — music starts at 5 p.m. — go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at ICTickets. There’s an early-bird special: $29.50 for the first 500 tickets sold, $35 for second 500, $39.50 for third 500. Tickets are $45 in advance after that, and $49.50 day of show.

This will be a major concert. Korn, a veteran group with a diehard fan base, drew about 8,500 fans to Nampa’s amphitheater last summer in a co-headling show with Rob Zombie.

And metal idol act Babymetal adds an adrenaline shot of curiosity to the bill. The Japanese trio, which released its debut album in 2014, blends J-pop with technical, death and power metal. The vocals come from three teenage girls. The metal is provided by their jaw-droppingly tight backing musicians, the Kami Band. Babymetal’s bizarre cultural mish mash is strangely addictive. Naturally, uptight heshers can’t stand it. And Rob Zombie will slap these humorless curmudgeons down.

If I were Korn or Stone Sour, I'd actually be concerned about having to follow this.

Oh, and check out the sheer weirdness of this live video for the lil’ ditty “Babymetal Death” ... if you’re not easily offended by religious imagery.

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