"Korn to boycott BP on summer tour. Will Rob Zombie, Hatebreed and Five Finger Death Punch follow suit?"

Heavy metal/rock band Korn decided to take a stand against BP after the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. They will be boycotting BP gasoline this summer while out on Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Korn is strongly encouraging the other artists on the tour including Rob Zombie, Lamb of God, Hatebreed, Atreyu, Five Finger Death Punch, Shadows Fall among others, to avoid using BP Gasoline as well.

The band’s hometown is a little town outside of Bakersfield, California called Oildale. The first single off of Korn’s new album “III, Remember Who You Are,” is called “Oildale (Leave Me Alone).” You can check out the video here: http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=140938.

The video reveals a poor area amongst rich oil fields. The video is about a young boy who is dying to escape, similar to the band’s desire to get out of Bakersfield when they were first coming up. “It was one thing for us to grow up near such poverty, but the situation in the Gulf takes things to a whole new level,” said front man Jonathan Davis.

It’s a coincidence, but the artwork for the band’s new album features a girl with a hood on, looking kind of frail, the landscape behind her covered with oil rigs (you can check out the cover of Korn’s new album at www.korn.com). Davis went on to say, “The daily images are hard to watch. We need to do our part to let BP know there are consequences for causing something like this. We want to send a message to corporations like BP so that they will take more preventative measures in the future. The more costly their punishment, the more money they will spend to make sure disasters like this don't happen again. It's plain and simple capitalism.”

So far the only other group (as far as I’ve seen) to join Korn on their boycott is The Backstreet Boys, which answers the question, do The Backstreet Boys still exist? I understand the need to boycott and I’m all for Korn hopefully bringing a lot of attention to this. I guess what sucks is that this whole disaster hurts the average every day human being that either lives down there and relies on the resources that the Gulf provides or the average employee at BP who has nothing to do with this spill. This whole thing is just sickening. Greedy government, greedy corporations’ taking short cuts to save a few bucks. One of these days our government and employers will give a shit about us, right?

On a brighter note, Zoiks! Online will be covering the Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival in Chicago, IL, so if you’re going, look for us, and either way be sure to check www.zoiksonline.com for more details.


Bob Zerull is the Managing Editor of Zoiks! Online. He writes pop culture commentary, does interviews with bands, and reviews music and stand-up concerts. He also administers Zoiks! Online's Facebook page. Follow Bob on twitter at bzerull. Email Bob at bob@zoiksonline.com.

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