The iconic frontman of Slipknot and Stone Sour, Corey Taylor shared a rarely known story of the first time he performed at The Forum venue in Los Angeles and revealed he actually got a death threat.
The talented lead singer of Slipknot and Stone Sour, Corey Taylor has been working on his solo album, ‘CMFT,’ for a while now. Taylor’s much-anticipated album was recently released on October 2, 2020.
Additionally, Corey announced a global streaming event named ‘Forum Or Against ‘Em‘ which was aired on the same day of the album’s release, October 2nd. ‘Forum Or Against ‘Em’ was a full arena production that took place at The Forum venue in Los Angeles, California, including a guest performance from Taylor’s wife Alicia’s dance squad The Cherry Bombs.
Following the announcement of his new show in The Forum, Corey Taylor recalled the very first time he performed at the same venue 19 years ago. Apparently, Slipknot had a concert planned at the arena as a part of their ‘Pledge of Allegiance‘ tour.
However, shortly before their show, the tragic event of 9/11 occurred. Taylor mentioned it was such crazy times and he even received a death threat for the first time in his life. According to his statement, someone called the switchboard and said Corey Taylor was a dead man. The talented vocalist remembered how scared he was while performing on stage and knowing someone could kill him right there.
Additionally, Corey stated the officials wanted to shut down the whole place due to a possible riot outside. To save the show, Taylor asked everyone to stop and be silent for a short moment to pay tribute to the people who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks which eventually made them calm down and continue with the concert.
Here’s how Corey Taylor remembered the first time he played at The Forum:
“The first time I played The Forum that I remember was 2001 with Slipknot. It was on the ‘Pledge of Allegiance’ tour. It was right after 9/11, so it was a crazy, crazy time.
It was the first time I got a death threat. Somebody called into the switchboard and said, ‘You have a hero playing there tonight. His name is Corey Taylor, and he’s a dead man.’
Because legally they have to tell me these things, I played the whole show wondering if there was a laser pointer on me the entire time. And then the fire marshal threatened to shut the show down because it looked like a riot was gonna happen and the barricade was starting to break.
So to keep from shutting that showdown, I had everybody stop and we had a moment of silence for the people who died in 9/11. And because we did that, everyone stopped, and you could hear a pin drop. And it was at least a minute.
They were able to fix the barricades, and the fire marshal was, like, ‘I’ve never seen anything like it.’ That’s my first memory of The Forum.”
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