Korn Singer Discusses Guitarist Beatdown And More
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The Pulse of Radio reports: KORN guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer got into a scuffle with an unnamed member of the band DROID last week at a stop in Little Rock, Arkansas on KORN's Bitch! We Have A Problem tour. According to several reports, Shaffer was apparently drunk when the incident occurred and has taken "total responsibility" for the fight. KORN singer Jonathan Davis told The Pulse of Radio that Shaffer spoke about it himself the next night on stage. "That's how it all came out," he said. "He's all, 'Last night I got really drunk and one of my best friends kicked my ass and I deserved it, and that's why they're not here tonight, and that's that.' [DROID initially exited the tour but has since rejoined — Ed.] He just wanted to get it, so...everything's cool now."
Contrary to published reports, Shaffer did not require stitches. A photo of him passed out on the floor after the fight briefly surfaced online, but has since disappeared.
DROID is signed to Shaffer's label, Emotional Syphon Recordings, and released its self-titled debut album earlier this year. Shaffer recently said that he and DROID guitarist Jamie Teissere have been "friends for a long time."
Meanwhile, Davis plans to hit the road for his first-ever solo tour shortly after KORN's current trek ends on October 28. Davis revealed that he'll have a keyboard player, percussionist, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist on the road with him. He told The Pulse of Radio that fans should expect a mix of KORN tunes and rare material, like the songs he did for the movie "Queen of the Damned". "It's all acoustic, and I'm gonna be playing a couple of KORN hits, and the rest of the KORN songs I'll be playing are gonna be, like, 'Kick The P.A.', which is off the 'Spawn' soundtrack, playing 'Last Legal Drug', which is a B-side off (KORN's 2005 album) 'See You on the Other Side'. And then I've got all the 'Queen of the Damned' material I'm gonna be playing, and I'm also gonna be playing some covers. I'm doing 'Love on the Rocks', which I did for 'Wonderland', and stuff like that. So it's gonna be a real good show."
Davis will begin his solo tour on November 9 in Hartford, Connecticut.
KORN will head out on a European tour in January of 2008.
In other news, KORN touring guitarist Clint Lowery abruptly left the band's tour over the weekend due to what was described as a "family emergency." Lowery wrote online, "Everything's fine — just had to get home. Hated to leave. Love all the KORN guys and had a blast with them." Lowery, who also plays in DARK NEW DAY, was replaced on the trek by Shane Gibson, who will accompany Davis on his solo run.
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