Slipknot co-founder and also frontman, Corey Taylor, was interviewed by Spencer Kaufman of Heavy Consequence this week to share his thoughts on whether people should get vaccinated before joining live shows.
Slipknot star Corey Taylor released his first solo album named ‘CMFT’ at the end of 2020, and he could not arrange any live shows to promote the record until this summer due to the ongoing pandemic. In March, he made an official announcement via his website to reveal that he decided to get back on the road and follow all state-recommended health guidelines.
Speaking to Heavy Consequence, the Slipknot star was asked whether the live shows should require proof of vaccination for the audience. While Corey stated that vaccination should not be mandatory, he stressed that attendees have to be sensitive enough to get vaccinated before going into public places because it is a matter of health.
In addition to that, Corey claimed that people in the music scene don’t have that common sense and called citizens who put people at risk ‘assholes.’ Taylor also admitted that he understands the people who are afraid of getting vaccinated because it has been politicized and there are hundreds of conspiracy theories going around.
Here is the statement of Corey in the interview:
“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.
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 f**kin’ 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.”
You can check out the full interview below.