Korn's Davis, Limp's Durst, Others Line Up Studio Time For Snot Tribute

Korn vocalist Jonathan Davis will become the latest artist to lend his talents to the upcoming tribute to late Snot singer Lynn Strait, and Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst, Coal Chamber's Dez Fafara, and Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath are all lined up to do the same within the coming week.

Davis will meet up with Snot bassist John "Tumor" Fahnestock at Santa Monica, California's 4th Street Recording Studios to lay down vocals for his contribution to "Strait Up." As we reported last year, the collection will feature a rotating cast of frontmen singing songs that were written for the sophomore album that Snot never got the chance to record.

When last we checked in with the project, the band had recorded tracks with Soulfly's Max Cavalera and Marcello D. Rapp, System Of A Down's Serj Tankian and Shavo Odadjian, (hed) pe's M.C.U.D., and RKL's Jason Sears (see "Korn's Davis, Sugar Ray's McGrath, Limp's Durst, Others To Salute Snot Singer").

At the time, the band also received verbal commitments from Korn's Davis, Sugar Ray's McGrath, Limp Bizkit's Durst, and Coal Chamber's Fafara, but had not yet lined up studio time with the singers. However, Fahnestock now says that Davis, Fafara, Durst, and McGrath have all locked in studio time. After Davis lays down his vocals on Tuesday, Fafara will hit the studio on Wednesday, Durst will head in on Friday, and McGrath will do his part next week.

"We knew that with some of the bigger acts, this time of year is when you have your only downtime," Fahnestock told MTV News of the sudden flurry of activity on the project.

Deftones singer Chino Moreno is also planning to record a track for the album, though he is currently busy working on his band's new album.

Fahnestock (who is producing the album with fellow Snot member Mikey Doling) said that they hope to be finished with recording on "Strait Up" by the end of February and hope to have the album in stores this summer.

After releasing a major label debut on Geffen Records in 1997 and touring with the 1998 edition of Ozzfest, Strait was killed in a six-car accident while driving from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles on December 12 of 1998.

"He was one of the best frontmen out there," Fafara recalled of Strait. "He had a style that was undeniably unforgettable."

When Strait passed away, the band had already written nine songs for its next album, and Fahnestock and fellow Snot members Doling and Jamie Miller decided to record the instrumentals and bring in various friends of Lynn to provide lyrics and vocals for the tracks.

"Jonathan and a good friend of Lynn's collaborated on the lyrics," Snot bassist John "Tumor" Fahnestock told MTV News of Davis' contribution.

So far, Fahnestock and Doling have finished five tracks: Soulfly's Max and Marcello join System Of A Down's Shavo on "Catch A Spirit," System's Serj has recorded "Starlit Eyes," RKL's Sears finished "'Til Next Time," (hed) pe's

M.C.U.D. recorded "I Know Where You're At," and Incubus' Brandon Boyd polished off "Divided (An Argument for the Soul)." Fafara is working with the tentative title "Illumination" for his track, and admits that the project is highly emotional one for him.

"I tried to start writing, and I put the music on and tears just came out of me," Fafara said. "I told my girlfriend, 'I can't write this now.'

"We were friends on a personal level," Fafara explained. "He was a wild man, and people really appreciated that."

Fahnestock conceded that taking the music of "Strait Up" (and all responsible for it) out on the road would be virtually impossible, but noted that he may try to put together a one-off tribute show. For now, though, he's just pleased with the outpouring of support that he and Doling have found for the project.

"So far, everything has fallen into place exactly the way we hoped it would," Fahnestock.

"It's going to be a great tribute," Fafara said. "It's a

wonderful way to pay tribute to Lynn."

-- Robert Mancini

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