For the first time since Korn formed almost 15 years ago, Jonathan Davis is hitting the road without his core band.
Instead, the Davis tour launching in February will feature the singer performing alongside the four musicians who backed Korn on tour this year (see “Korn Rock Hometown, Have Street Named After Them On ’Official Korn Day’ “ ). The backing musicians performed guitar, piano, backup vocals and percussion.
“I’m gonna do it more in the style of a lounge thing,” Davis said Monday. “I’ll be playing Korn songs, the ’Queen of the Damned’ [soundtrack] stuff I did and a lot of different covers. When I was growing up, my dad played in a couple of bands where they just went around different clubs and played covers. It’s just going to be fun.”
Although he’s venturing outside of Korn for the tour, Davis says he has no plans for a solo album.
“The closest thing [I’ve done to a solo album] was the ’Queen of the Damned’ stuff and if I were to [record something solo] again, it’d be something like that,” Davis said. “Maybe some day when it’s right, but I don’t want to distract from Korn. I don’t want people to think there’s problems with the band. I’m just trying to have fun while the other guys are relaxing or working on their own records or whatever.”
Things are so good with Korn, in fact, the band is already jumping back in the studio to work on its eighth proper album.
“We start today,” Davis said. “We’re just going to be riffing out and compiling ideas. Whenever we came off the road, we went right into the studio, so we have six or seven songs done and we’re going to work on some more.”
Once enough songs are written, Korn will take them to the Matrix or Atticus Ross, the producers behind last year’s See You on the Other Side.
“It’s really aggressive, just weird sounds,” Davis said of the songs that have been worked on so far. “It’s hard to tell right now ’cause they’re in demo form, but the overall vibe is it’s a lot heavier. It’s not See You on the Other Side Part 2.”
In the meantime, Korn just released Chopped, Screwed, Live & Unglued, a collection of See You on the Other Side, featuring tracks chopped and screwed by Michael “5000” Watts as well as some live and acoustic material.
“We had the whole album chopped and screwed, but I picked some key songs because it was too much,” Davis said.
As Davis’ health — he was hospitalized this summer with a rare immune disease (see “Jonathan Davis’ Near-Death Experience Has Him Talking God, Politics” ) — the singer says he’s doing great.
“[In] my last test, my platelets were sustained, leveling out to normal, so it’s looking like the disease I had is acute, which means it happens only once. If it comes back, the worst-case scenario is they take my spleen out. It’s not like a death sentence or nothing, so I’m happy.”