Korn, in the band’s salad days, was to nu metal what Velvet Underground was to college rock and the Sex Pistols were to punk. Korn created the nu metal template that other acts would borrow and bludgeon to death. The band triumphed in 1998, when Korn’s Follow the Leader debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s album chart. It captured the zeitgeist of late-’90s heavy music and now arguably qualifies for inclusion in the canon of classic hard rock albums.

It’s no surprise that Korn pays tribute to Follow the Leader live this year in observance of the album’s 20th anniversary. What makes the shows special is there are only three, with An Evening With KORN: Follow The Leader 20th Anniversary scheduled for Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Only the Vegas date offers a chance to get a room that’s an elevator ride from the venue, offering a responsible alternative to driving after celebrating songs such as “Got the Life” and “Freak on a Leash” with requisite abandon.

The Pearl at Palms, 8 p.m. Sept. 15, starting at $49 plus tax and fee. 702.944.3200