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Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Comments On COVID-19 Vaccines & Live Shows: “People Act Like Getting A Vaccine Is Signing A Deal With The Devil”


Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor was among the first of the established artists in the metal world to embark on a traditional tour in the United States in face of the COVID-19 pandemic. This past May/June he took to the road for a solo headlining run across multiple states, but it was not without its technical challenges.

Rather than simply adhere to conflicting state guidelines, Taylor instead implemented a blanket set of safety guidelines for each show to ensure the safety of fans, himself and his band and crew. Among the protocols in place were masks being required, temperature checks at entry and various social distancing measures.

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Speaking recently with Consequence, Taylor shared his opinions on the current state of touring and whether or not vaccination should be a requirement to attend live shows going forward. Regarding COVID-19 vaccines in general, Taylor stated:

“People act like getting a vaccine is signing a deal with the devil. It’s been so politicized and spun out of control in these conspiratorial echo chambers that people forget that you can go find all the info you want online to educate yourself about everything about these vaccines.”

“The fact that [vaccines] have been demonized, almost to the point of these gnarly conspiracy theories, no wonder why people are afraid of it — because they’re listening to the wrong people.”

Speaking in regards to proof of vaccination potentially being a requirement for admittance to shows in the future, he replied:

“Do I think it should be a requirement for people to be vaccinated to go to shows? Yes and no. Here’s the thing: there shouldn’t be a mandate, but guess what, man, if you’re going to put people at risk of getting sick, you shouldn’t want to go to a show. That’s common sense. And if you do put people at risk, then you’re a fuckin’ asshole. And you shouldn’t be let in anyway. So, for me, it’s a common-sense thing, but we don’t have a lot of common sense these days, man.”

Taylor will be back out on another solo tour with Cherry Bombs opening next month, the dates include:

08/06 Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
08/07 Sandy, UT – Rio Tinto Stadium
08/09 Grand Junction, CO – Two Rivers Convention Center
08/11 Sturgis, SD – Buffalo Chip Campground
08/12 Fargo, ND – Fargo Brewing Company (outdoors)
08/13 Sioux Falls, SD – The District
08/16 Springfield, MO – Gillioz Theater
08/17 Kansas City, MO – Grinders
08/19 Denver, CO – Sculpture Park

Following that, he’ll be out with Slipknot, Killswitch Engage, Fever 333 and Code Orange on the following tour:

09/03 Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma (Slipknot only)
09/10 Mansfield, OH – Inkcarceration Festival (Slipknot only)
09/25 Des Moines, IA – National Balloon Classic Field (‘Knotfest Iowa‘)
09/28 Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
09/29 Milwaukee, WI – American Family Insurance Amphitheater
10/01 Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
10/02 Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
10/03 Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater
10/05 Syracuse, NY – St. Josephs Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
10/08 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
10/09 Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre
10/10 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
10/12 Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
10/13 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
10/15 Burgettstown, PA – S&T Bank Music Park
10/17 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
10/19 Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
10/20 West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
10/22 Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
10/23 Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
10/24 Pelham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
10/26 Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
10/28 Del Valle, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater
10/29 The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
10/30 Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
11/01 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
11/02 Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
11/05 Los Angeles, CA – Banc Of California Stadium (‘Knotfest Los Angeles‘)

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