BEVERLY HILLS, California — Jonathan Davis recently did two things that no fan would ever expect: talk politics and thank God, all in a matter of minutes.
The latter surprise came with an update on the health of the Korn singer, who was diagnosed with immune thrombocytopenic purpura last month and was forced to cancel the band's remaining European tour dates (see "Korn's Jonathan Davis Hospitalized With Blood Ailment; Tour Canceled").
"Thank God that someone's looking out for me from up there and I'm still here," Davis said. "Now I want to get on the road bad, just go be with my fans. I mean, that's what gives me strength to begin with."
ITP is a rare immune disease in which the body attacks its own platelets, essentially fighting itself, Davis explained. He's being treated with special steroids, which seem to be working.
"My platelets went from [the dangerously low] five to 390-something in six days, so they've been tapering me off [medication] now and watching my levels," Davis said. "Hopefully this thing is a fluke and it can be controlled. So I'll be fine. Very scary though. Doctors said, 'Dude, you could have died easily onstage' because of the way I go off and everything. If you have no blood platelets, your body doesn't clot, and that [compromises] the integrity of your veins. So I could've popped one in the head. I'd have a stroke, and see ya."
Now that he's feeling healthy again, Davis and Korn are rehearsing for their headlining slot on the Family Values Tour, which kicks off July 27 in Virginia Beach, Virginia (see "Korn Resurrect Family Values Tour With Deftones, Stone Sour").
The band has also been putting together video ideas for See You on the Other Side's third single, "Politics." Which, of course, brings us to why Davis is tackling the subject.
"It's just about how I don't like to talk about politics," Davis said of the single, which narrowly beat out "Love Song."
"I mean there's politics in everything, and it's not necessarily governmental politics. There's who's going to sleep with whom to get ahead, who's going to do this to get that. ... I see it in the church, everyday life, government. That's what I'm talking about, not about the stupid crap that's going on with guys in suits and their views and their lobbies and their this and their that."
Davis has spoken out in support of U.S. troops in the Middle East, and Korn even treated some to a special show (see "Korn Capture In-Flight Gig, Massive New York Show On 'Live' DVD"). But the frontman says that's about as far as he'll delve into politics — though, for a guy who isn't interested in the topic, he certainly has a lot to say about it.
"Korn has never been a real political band," Davis explained. "I'm political to a point where it affects human life, from global warming to abortion issues to my gun rights, stuff like that. Those are the kind of politics that I care about. The other BS with taxes or who's going to be ahead [in elections], I don't really care. Obviously even going out and voting doesn't really count, it's all based down to these Electoral College votes. What the hell can I do? It's a sham.
"I just wait for this president to get out of the office, and hopefully we can find someone that can do a better job. But what do we really know? Maybe he is doing the right thing, you don't know. We are all so clouded with what goes on. You understand if we didn't have oil, the United States of America would cease to exist and we'd all die? If you really think about it, oil is what keeps us all going, gets us our medicine, gets us our food, gets us every single thing."
For the "Politics" video, Davis would only say the band plans to "do something cool" that focuses on what regular people think, "not all these lobbyists or the government that supposedly is representing what we're feeling."