Singer Corey Taylor has announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19 despite being vaccinated and is currently recovering before, hopefully, hitting the road with his band Slipknot on a massive, multi-city tour beginning in September.
Taylor first broke the news ahead of his scheduled appearance at the Astronomicon convention in Michigan on Saturday, dropping out after revealing his diagnosis in a video on the event's Facebook page the day before. "I woke up today and tested positive, and I'm very, very sick. So I'm not gonna be able to make it this weekend, and I am absolutely devastated. I am so sorry," Taylor said in the clip. "I promise you I will absolutely try to get back there as soon as I can. I should be okay — it's the flu. I'm vaccinated, so I'm not worried. But I certainly wouldn't want to spread it to anyone else. So, everybody be safe out there. And thank you so much. And I will see you again, I promise."
Alicia Taylor, the solo and Slipknot singer's wife and dancer for tour openers Cherry Bombs, offered an update on his situation last night on Twitter. "Corey is doing well and thanks everyone for the sweet thoughts and messages. Ready to get him home as soon as it's safe, so I can take care of him," she said.
Corey is scheduled to hit the stage again on September 19 filling in for Nine Inch Nails at Riot Fest, after they dropped all of their remaining 2021 live concerts due to the still active spread of the coronavirus. The Knotfest Roadshow will follow, with Slipknot hitting cities starting September 25 and running through early November.
Taylor had been outspoken regarding the safety of fans at concerts prior to hitting the road, sharing his thoughts on whether or not he believes concert attendees should be required to get vaccinated.
"Do I think it should be a requirement for people to be vaccinated to go to shows," he asked rhetorically. "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."
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