As the outspoken singer prepares to head out on part two of his U.S. solo tour before taking the helm of Slipknot for their very first tour since the pandemic, Corey Taylor has given his thoughts on whether or not he believes concert attendees should be required to get vaccinated.
"People act like getting a vaccine is signing a deal with the devil," Taylor says in a new interview. "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."
Corey adds, "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."
As for whether or not he believes concert attendees should be required to get the shot before being granted entry into a venue, that gets a little more tricky. "Do I think it should be a requirement for people to be vaccinated to go to shows," the Slipknot singer posited.
"Yes and no," he says. "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 f***in’ a**hole. And you shouldn’t be let in anyway. For me, it’s a common-sense thing, but we don’t have a lot of common sense these days, man."
Check out details and dates above for the second leg of Corey's solo outing with Cherry Bombs, kicking off August 6 in Las Vegas and ending August 19 in Denver.
Slipknot, who has recently been dealt a blow to their extended family with the death of former drummer Joey Jordison, will begin their assault on the states in late September at Knotfest Iowa and have added a new Knotfest Los Angeles event on November 5. Similar to their tour opener in Iowa, the L.A. event will feature a festival setting with Bring Me The Horizon, Killswitch Engage, Fever 333, and more set to take the stage. Check out full details below.