KORN guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer checked in with Jeff Duran of KKZQ/The Edge 100.1 FM to promote a hometown show in Bakersfield, California. Shaffer spoke about the group's early days and why the band's new album, "Korn III: Remember Who You Are", is more than just an attempt to capture KORN's original sound. Shaffer also spoke out about Brian "Head" Welch's departure several years back and his first concert experiences. Duran played KORN's "Neidermeyer's Mind" demo in honor of the appearance, along with "Are You Ready to Live?" and "Oildale (Leave Me Alone)", from "Korn III: Remember Who You Are".
Check out the interview in the YouTube clip below.
"Duran Show" is hosted by radio personality/comedian Jeff Duran, and is heard on weekday afternoons from 2 to 7 p.m. on KKZQ/100.1 FM, a commercial Active Rock station just outside Los Angeles, California in the Antelope Valley.
KORN has said it will stop using gasoline made by BP in all its tour vehicles because of the disastrous oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico caused when one of the corporation's drilling rigs exploded and sank over a month ago. The band is also urging other touring acts to do the same, with frontman Jonathan Davis saying in a statement, "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."
The Gulf oil spill has dumped untold millions of gallons of oil into the ocean, polluting, destroying or threatening ecosystems, wildlife and businesses along the Gulf Coast and possibly beyond.
BP has been harshly criticized for its lack of transparency and slow response to the crisis, which is now being called the worst environmental catastrophe in U.S. history.
The members of KORN grew up near the California town of Oildale, and Shaffer told The Pulse of Radio that the oil business there has not been good for the residents either. "It's weird because, you know, there's like a multi-billion-dollar industry that's being pumped out of the ground there," he said. "But everyone there that lives there is very poor and, you know, they don't ever see a dime of, you know, what's going on out there."
The video for KORN's new single, "Oildale (Leave Me Alone)", was filmed in the Oildale area, while the artwork for the band's new album, along with its stage set imagery, also reflects the area.
Davis said, "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 where people's lives and livelihoods are affected forever."
"Korn III - Remember Who You Are" arrives on July 13.
The band will co-headline this summer's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival with ROB ZOMBIE, beginning on July 10 in San Bernardino, California.