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In 2007, Korn front man Jonathan Davis put together a band the Simply (bleeping) Amazings and went on a solo tour playing Korn songs and songs he wrote for the "Queen of the Damned" soundtracks. Members of the band include Berklee College of Music alum Shane Gibson (Korn, stOrk) on guitar, Michael Jochum (Zuma II, Korn) on drums and percussion, and Miles Mosley on upright bass. Zac Baird (Evanescence, Korn) provided backup vocals and played the keyboards and Shenkar also provided backup vocals and played violin. Jonathan Davis and SFA's show at Union Chapel in London on June 16, 2008, was recorded by ABC Productions and has been released through Sellaband, a German-based company. Songs were rearranged for this special occasion by Richard Gibbs (Oingo Boingo), who was Davis' right-hand man when they scored "Queen of the Damned." Fans "became a believer" for five different parts - an MP3 download, a DVD, a CD/DVD digipack, a numbered box set including a signed thank-you card and poster, and a Blu-ray edition that also has a signed thank-you card and poster. The more than $35,000 needed to complete production and release the show was met in mid-April and was finally available for MP3 download in mid-May. (Jorge Bannister)

On a personal note ...

Sunday, wearing my metaphoric poet cap, I was one of the writers participating in the "Knocking at the Door" poetry anthology release party for the Poets Asylum at the WCUW Frontroom. My poem "My Life as Rosencrantz or Guildenstern" appears in the book, which is edited by my wife, Lea C. Deschenes, and her friend from grad school, New Jersey poet Lisa Sisler. As is obvious, there are so many conflicts of interest here that I really shouldn't be writing about the event, but a couple oddities merit a mention. First off, in the normal course of affairs at the Asylum, there will usually be about 10 to 15 readers on the open mic, and a feature who performs for about a half hour. This can get even tighter, when there's a packed house, which there was Sunday, but is usually well-managed by the snarky and stylish host, Sarah Sapienza. But there were only four people on the open reading list, and twelve in the feature, which means most of those people in the audience were solely there to listen. Which is actually rather nice. It was a good night to be listening, too, with an eclectic mix of poets from all over the Northeast, including a number of Worcester poets who don't read in public as much as I'd prefer. All in all, a great night, made better by a stop at Nick's Bar and Restaurant to drink Manhattans, eat pretzels and listen to Andy Cummings absolutely own classics such as "Teenage Wedding," "Norwegian Wood," "The Day the Music Died" and most impressively, "I Walk the Line." It was an evening overflowing with poetry and music. Who can ask for more from a Sunday night in Worcester? (Victor D. Infante)

This one goes to 11

Worcester chanteuse Niki Luparelli drew our attention on Facebook to a movement to have the upcoming 11/11/11 dubbed "Nigel Tufnel Day," which, if you're a fan of the movie "This is Spinal Tap," is absolutely hysterical. Will there be local festivities to celebrate? Will Luparelli's band, the Gold Diggers, be saddled with a series of exploding drummers? Only time will tell, but if you are looking for a Luparelli fix, she'll be producing a David Bowie tribute June 25 at Ralph's Chadwick Square Diner in Worcester. In case things weren't retro enough. (VDI)

Romney, by the book

Of all the questions voters may have regarding presidential contender and former Mass. Governor Mitt Romney, whether he's "Team Edward or Team Jacob" wasn't one of them. Until now. Talking Points Memo makes note of an interview Romney did with NBC News reporter Jamie Gangel, who noted that one of the books he's read and enjoyed recently was the vampire romance "Twilight," written by Stephenie Meyer. "I don't like vampires personally - I don't know any," jokes Romney to the surprised reporter. "But you know, my granddaughter was reading it. And I thought, well this looks like fun. So I read that." The report also makes note of one of Romney's previous literary discussions, where he confessed a love of L. Ron Hubbard's "Battlefield Earth." (VDI)

Get involved

Local songbird and arts activist Helen Sheldon Beaumont dropped us a line to let us know that The Worcester Arts Council is seeking to fill two vacancies on its board. According to the WAC's website, "Applicants should possess a strong interest in supporting arts and culture in the City of Worcester and be available to attend regular monthly meetings, as well as be able to actively participate in a number of subcommittees to support a variety of activities throughout the year. Additionally, WAC is responsible for accepting and reviewing grant applications from the community for disbursement of funds received annually from the Massachusetts Cultural Council." Visit the WAC's website for applications and more information. (VDI)

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CUTLINE: Jonathan Davis of Korn performs "Somebody Someone" at the Comcast Center during Mayhem Festival in July 2010.

PHOTOG: T&G Staff/JORGE BANNISTER
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