The choice of Portland, Oregon as the kickoff for his spring solo tour was a sensible move for Korn frontman Jonathan Davis. While the Rose City is capable of pulling in arena-filling artists (like Judas Priest and Post Malone, who'll headline their own Portland shows in the coming weeks), it’s still considered by some to be nothing more than a place to fuel up on the long drive from San Francisco to Seattle.
So by picking Portland to start off this two month journey through the U.S. in advance of the release of his debut solo album, Black Labyrinth, Davis might have considered this first show as a kind of dress rehearsal. This isn’t a knock on the singer nor his performance on Friday night (April 6) at the Crystal Ballroom. When he finally addressed the crowd directly after about an hour of impressive new material and intense renditions of songs he wrote for the soundtrack to 2002's Aaliyah-starring Queen of the Damned, he mentioned that the show was the culmination of an 11-year odyssey of writing on his own during his rare free time between Korn tours and recording sessions.
“But now I’m here,” Davis said, his voice rising in volume and fervor. “I love you! I love you! I love you!!”