Korn's Davis Gets Game On
Considering Korn frontman Jonathan Davis' passion for gaming, the just-announced Xbox-sponsored Back 2 Basics tour with Limp Bizkit is right up his alley.Considering Korn frontman Jonathan Davis' passion for gaming, the just-announced Xbox-sponsored Back 2 Basics tour with Limp Bizkit is right up his alley.
"It's cool," Davis remarked of the company's involvement in the tour. "I'm a total game freak. Xbox has a really cool console, and I like playing their games.
"I'm getting in the gaming business too," he told Billboard while discussing Korn's latest album, "Take a Look in the Mirror," scheduled for a Nov. 25 release on Epic. Davis said he is designing a game and working with his band's management, the Firm, to find a gaming company to help develop it.
"We picked Korn because they resonate really well with our core consumer. The core gamers love that kind of music, and Korn and Limp Bizkit are big fans of Xbox, so we're really excited about this," Xbox director of marketing Bill Nielsen says of the tour's origins.
Nielsen says all parties have been working for the past three weeks to put the outing together, and details were still being ironed out. "Neither band had really planned to go on tour, and it's a coincidence that everyone's schedules" were open.
Nielsen said a contest that will give fans a chance to play Xbox one-on-one with a member of Korn is still being worked out, but the competitions will be held in conjunction with local radio stations in markets that the tour visits.
While the 12-stop club tour will serve as a preview of "Take a Look in the Mirror," Korn will start a full-scale arena tour in March 2004 that will include dates in Southeast Asia, Japan, Australia, Hong Kong and the U.S.