Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Calls Rock & Roll Hall of Fame a “Pile of Garbage”
Slipknot and Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor is the latest high-profile musician to publicly hate on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in the wake of the voting body’s snub of Iron Maiden this year and perceived injustices in the past.
Speaking to Iowa radio station Lazer 103.3 about the Rock Hall, Taylor invoked the Sex Pistols’ infamous rejection of their induction in 2006, explaining that if Slipknot were to be chosen, he’d likely decline:
“First of all, I don’t care about that Hall, ’cause I think it’s a pile of garbage. They don’t honor anything except pop music, really, and they only really induct real rock bands when they have to cave to pressure. They disrespected so many bands over the past by putting others in before the ones that actually deserve it, that I would probably go the way of the Sex Pistols. I’d be, like, ‘Your Hall is a sham. I don’t care if I’m a part of it or not. You have no idea what the spirit of rock and roll is actually about. So take this and shove it up your you-know-what.’ So, that’s basically where I’m at. And, obviously, I’m not getting any brownie points, and I probably will never be nominated, but I don’t really care.”
Various musicians have publicly claimed they’d reject a Rock Hall induction before only to recant when it happens, including Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor.
Maiden were beat out by Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, Jay-Z, Carole King, Todd Rundgren and Tina Turner for the 2021 slate of inductees despite being one of the top five fan vote-getters, a mostly meaningless honor.
Slipknot are currently in the studio working on a new album, the follow-up to We Are Not Your Kind (2019).