A coalition of artistes including Lady Gaga, the Backstreet Boys and Creed won’t be filling the tanks of their tour buses at BP stations this summer.
Korn’s Jonathan Davis is leading the drive to get as many musicians as possible on board for a boycott of all BP fuels. He told reporters: “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. I’m really proud that this many artists have already come on board, and I hope more will join soon,” he added.
Last week the founder of Mayhem, Kevin Lyman, announced that the rest of the tour would follow Korn’s lead and boycott BP. The Mayhem tour is already known for using biofuels where possible, but Lyman has confirmed these won’t be bought from BP or their affiliates either.
First estimates show close to 100 vehicles, trucks and buses from the committed artists will be involved in the boycott this summer. The number is continuously growing, resulting in tours all across North America refusing to fill up with BP products. More touring artists and people throughout the continent are uniting in boycotts against BP as a result of the catastrophic oil spill.
Some summer festival tours like The Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival are already known for using biofuels. However, the entire festival, comprised of twelve bands, will promise to not purchase their biofuels from BP or any of their affiliates.
Tour creator Kevin Lyman agrees, stating “We have so many friends that are now affected by this spill that unless BP spends whatever is needed their livelihoods are lost forever. To that end we are encouraging everyone we deal with to find alternative ways to get down the road this summer.”
The following top touring artists have joined the cause and have committed to avoid the use of fuel sold by BP or its affiliates on their upcoming tours for 2010: Disturbed, Lady Gaga, Rise Against, Godsmack, Backstreet Boys, Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, Slightly Stoopid, Rob Zombie, Megadeth, Black Label Society with Zakk Wylde, Anthrax, Creed, Filter, Hellyeah and Flogging Molly. [via Yahoo News and InterScope]