While lots of bands are touring green this year,rockers Korn are going the extra mile.
Not only are they saving 50 tons of carbon dioxide by converting sixteen tour buses to rock their upcoming “Family Values Tour” around the country via biodiesel, they’re also marketing their own biofuel brand (composed of soy, corn and other vegetable oils) called Korntastic.
Katchy name. I wonder if it will inspire other kars to go korntastic as well. Korn’s Jonathan Davis was quoted on AutoblogGreen as saying they’re doing their part to “set the wheels in motion” to end our dependence on oil. “We all have children,” he said, “and I just worry about my kids’ kids.”
October 10, 2007 will go down in music history. It’s the date Radiohead releases its seventh studio album, “In Rainbows”, as a digital download available only on their website. What’s more, they’re going to let fans choose how much they pay for it – if anything at all. Really.
Oh, for $82 you can buy a special edition physical box set containing two vinyl albums, two CDs plus artwork and photographs – but that won’t be available until December 3.
By offering the digital download exclusively at their site, the British five-piece are sticking it to the music industry’s traditional business model. How are they getting away with this? Simple. They’re not attached to any record label. The only catch is, you must get the entire album. For creative reasons, Radiohead (like the Beatles) has resisted the iTunes model of offering individual tracks for sale.
I’m always leery of bands trying to save the world through music or ideas. But when Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz and more than 67,000 activists took to the streets to show support for the people displaced by the Ugandan government, the effort was impressive. “We decided to put our money where our mouth is,” said Wentz, about his band’s commitment to help impoverished children.
The evident, organized by the California nonprofit group Invisible Children, was called Displace Me, in reference to the two decades’ worth of children displaced by Uganda’s bloody civil war. But evidently, sleeping in cardboard boxes and eating only crackers and water wasn’t enough for Fall Out Boy, who then traveled to the Central African nation to film a music video and help raise awareness of the conditions there.
For those of you who’ve been too engrossed in Britney’s custody battle to follow other celebrity news (she lost and was ordered to hand the kids over to K-Fed on Wednesday), Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie auctioned off her barely-driven Hummer on eBay and donated the money to Global Green USA. After 964,468 bids, the small penis compensator (with only 7,341 miles on it) sold for $64,199.91.
Not a bad sum for a used vehicle that guzzles gas and is too big to park anywhere. What’s gotten more coverage than the vehicle itself, however, are the vicious message board jibes at Fergie’s “generosity”:
“umm, i don’t quite get why global green usa is participating on this. last time i checked, hummers do nothing to help global warming…” said one posting on the dark side of eBay.
As promised, the rockers came back to G Living today to show off their Veggie RV. At first glance, I wondered, “is it going to make it?” I was told the beauty lies not on the outside (nor apparently on the inside with its post Milli-Vanilli/pre-Nirvana decor) — the real attraction is underneath the Ford Diesel engine, which was recently converted to run on vegetable oil.
On the Road Again
For the next 30 days, the band’s five members, along with the sound man and Merc Girl (in charge of hocking CDs and shirts at the shows) will share this 10-year-old home on wheels. The group has had it for four years and has logged two non-Veggie Oil tours under its belt. When asked whether or not they use the kitchen (I found a few pantry items under the bed and the fridge was all rocker with two cans of beer, three bottles of wine and a bottle of champagne), Woven claimed to eat better on the road than at home in L.A., adding that the tour’s Northern California leg will set the pace with a farm delivering fresh food to the gig. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos