There must be something liberating about going solo, because lately, everybody and their mother seems to be doing it. The name Eddie Vedder is extremely synonymous with Pearl Jam, so he’s the last person I ever expected to catch the solo-bug. Yet he did, and it’s turned out extremely well for him. And while the latest news that Korn front man Jonathan Davis will be embarking on a two month solo tour isn’t necessarily surprising, I don’t think I can muster the same sort of optimism I had for Vedder’s disc.

But don’t listen to me (as I’m sure Korn fans won’t), listen to the enthusiastic words of the man himself. "I have wanted to do this forever. Ever since I did the Queen of the Damned and more recently the MTV Unplugged I have wanted to be able to play those songs live," Davis said in a statement. "It's going to be acoustic, but still heavy and very intimate."

That’s all well and good, Jonathan, but have you heard your voice lately? It’s not even in the same league as Eddie Vedder’s. I like Korn and I’d certainly call myself a fan of most of their work, but I just don’t see how this idea is any good. Let’s be serious, most of Korn’s success stems from the chaotic noise they make, not from their lead singer’s voice. In addition, Davis’ work on Queen of the Damned seemed pretty uninspired, and while I wouldn’t call the unplugged session bad, I can’t say I enjoyed it very much (with the exception of “Got the Life”, which was amazing) – most of it just sounded wrong. The word “Korn” doesn’t belong in the same sentence as “acoustic” or “unplugged”.

Nevertheless, Davis will start the trek in Hartford on Nov. 9 and wrap up Dec. 11 at the House of Blues in Las Vegas. I seriously wish him and all of you ticket buyers the best of luck.

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