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Corey Taylor Can’t Stand Touring with “Dick Headliners”

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I was just thinking about how long it’s been since we reminded everyone that the world revolves around Corey Taylor when I came across a new interview featuring the Slipknot demigod sharing words of wisdom for all of his fans.

This time, Corey shared with BBC Radio 1’s “Rock Show With Daniel P. Carter” his disdain for headliners that didn’t treat Slipknot well in the band’s early days. Corey told Daniel and co-guest Caleb Shomo of Beartooth:

“It’s the worst. Sticking clocks in your face. That’s why Clown (Slipknot’s percussionist Shawn Crahan) breaks ’em – just because of that. When we were first starting out they would stick clocks right in the front of our stage, even though three-fourths of the crowd was there to see us. They were sticking that clock in our face, basically letting us know, ‘You’re not the top of the heap yet.’ And, honestly, that’s why we started headlining. We were forced into that. For real. We were just, like, ‘Really? All right. Let’s see.’ And then all of those bands opened for us.”

What Corey said next had us losing our minds: he hinted that other musicians might have some value. When Carter asked Corey what inspires him to keep performing with the same kind of passion and fervor as when Slipknot’s first started out, Corey said,

“I get positive competition and negative competition from a lot of the acts that are out there. Especially when we’re on tour with great bands. When we were on tour with you guys (Beartooth), watching you guys got me stoked to play. So, for me, that inspiration comes from friends, it comes from enemies, it comes from everybody. And there’s no limit to that. To have that after this many years feels good. It makes me feel like I’m still doing it for the right reasons.”

Slipknot have live dates in the U.K. and Europe planned for this coming winter, and they’ll be in Asia shortly after that. All upcoming dates are listed below, and you can get tickets right here:

Jan. 14 – Dublin, Ireland @ 3Arena [TICKETS]
Jan. 16 – Manchester, U.K. @ Manchester Arena [TICKETS]
Jan. 17 – Newcastle, U.K. @ Utilita Arena [TICKETS]
Jan. 18 – Glasgow, U.K. @ SSE Hydro [TICKETS]
Jan. 20 – Sheffield, U.K. @ Flydsa Arena [TICKETS]
Jan. 21 – Nottingham, U.K. @ Motorpoint Arena [TICKETS]
Jan. 22 – Cardiff, U.K. @ Motorpoint Arena [TICKETS]
Jan. 24 – Birmingham, Arena, U.K. [TICKETS]
Jan. 25 – London, U.K. @ The O2 [TICKETS]
Jan. 28 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Ziggo Dome [TICKETS]
Jan. 29 – Frankfurt, Germany @ Festhalle [TICKETS]
Jan. 30 – Paris, France @ AccorHotels Arena [TICKETS]
Feb. 01 – Luxembourg, Luxembourg @ Rockhal [TICKETS]
Feb. 02 – Lyon, France @ Halle Tony Garnier [TICKETS]
Feb. 04 – Budapest, Hungary @ Sportarena [TICKETS]
Feb. 06 – Lodz, Poland @ Atlas Arena [TICKETS]
Feb. 08 – Stuttgart, Germany @ Hanns Martin Schleyer Halle [TICKETS]
Feb. 09 – Munich, Germany @ Olympiahalle [TICKETS]
Feb. 11 – Milan, Italy @ Mediolanum Forum [TICKETS]
Feb. 12 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Hallenstadion [TICKETS]
Feb. 14 – Vienna, Austria @ Stadthalle [TICKETS]
Feb. 16 – Hamburg, Germany @ Barclaycard Arena [TICKETS]
Feb. 17 – Berlin, Germany @ Mercedes-Benz Arena [TICKETS]
Feb. 18 – Dortmund, Germany @ Westfalenhalle [TICKETS]
Feb. 20 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Royal Arena [TICKETS]
Feb. 21 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Ericsson Globe [TICKETS]
Feb. 22 – Oslo, Norway @ Telenor Arena [TICKETS]
Feb. 24 – Helsinki, Finland @ Hartwall Arena [TICKETS]

March 20 – Tokyo, Japan – Knotfest
March 21 – Tokyo, Japan – Knotfest
March 24 – Singapore – Singapore Rock Fest
March 27 – Jakarta, Indonesia – Hammersonic Festival
March 29 – Manila, Philippines – Amoranto Stadium

[via Blabbermouth]

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