Corey Taylor Reveals He Was “Bored” by Tool’s Live Show as a Kid
There’s nothing worse than attending a concert and walking away feeling underwhelmed. After spending all your time and money investing in a performance, only to feel like something was missing just isn’t fun. When you talk about Tool and their shows, however, “boring” isn’t necessarily something that comes to mind.
But what if you’re some punk kid who’s used to seeing wild shit at your shows? For Corey Taylor, that sort of concert going experience apparently didn’t translate well when he attended a Tool show back in the day. During an appearance on Steve-O’s Wild Ride podcast, the Slipknot vocalist explained how his first impression of the Tool’s live shows still color his feelings on the band now, even though he hasn’t seen the band perform in many years.
“Tool, to me, is an acquired taste [to watch live] because they’re so dialed that it’s almost like listening to the album. And as a punk kid growing up, that’s not necessarily where I’m at.
“They’re amazing at what they do, but when I go to a show, I want to see something as well. And because they’re not as demonstrably active, I get bored.
“And I hate to say that. It’s not because they’re boring. It’s because I’m myself bored because I’m so used to shit like Napalm Death where Barney [Greenway]’s walking up walls and fucking jumping on people’s heads.
“But what [Tool] do is so… I mean, Danny Carey‘s one of the greatest fucking drummers of all time. The way they mesh together as a band is so effortless. They take you there. And they’ll extrapolate stuff for minutes upon minutes, they’re just pulling you in. It’s crazy.
“Maybe I should go and see them now. As I’m older I would probably appreciate it more than when I was younger.”
That last bit is something I think most of us can take away. Our tastes definitely change as we get older, so if there’s something you hated as a kid, maybe give it a shot now. For example, I fucking HATED the one Queensryche show I saw when they opened for Judas Priest. Maybe it’s time to figure out which of the Queensryches I need to see and catch them again.
As for Tool, Taylor can get his opportunity to give them a second chance at any of the dates below. He might like ’em now.
Tool North American Tour
09/22 Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life Festival [Tickets]
10/03 Loveland, CO – Budweiser Event Center [Tickets]
10/06 Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Festival [Tickets]
10/08 Indio, CA – Power Trip [Tickets]
10/10 Salt Lake City, UT – Delta Center [Tickets]
10/12 Idaho Falls, ID – Mountain America Center [Tickets]
10/14 Nampa, ID – Ford Idaho Center [Tickets]
10/15 Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena [Tickets]
10/17 Eugene, OR – Matthew Knight Center [Tickets]
10/19 Portland, OR – Moda Center [Tickets]
10/20 Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome [Tickets]
10/22 Kelowna, BC – Prospera Place Arena [Tickets]
10/23 Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena [Tickets]
10/25 Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place [Tickets]
10/27 Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome [Tickets]
10/29 Winnipeg, MB – Canada Life Center [Tickets]
10/31 St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center [Tickets]
11/01 Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum [Tickets]
11/03 Knoxville, TN – Thompson-Boiling Arena [Tickets]
11/04 Charleston, WV – Charleston Coliseum [Tickets]
11/06 Rochester, NY – Blue Cross Arena [Tickets]
11/07 Allentown, PA – PPL Center [Tickets]
11/10 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena [Tickets]
11/13 Manchester, NH – SNHU Arena [Tickets]
11/15 Boston, MA – TD Garden [Tickets]
11/16 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center [Tickets]
11/19 Montreal, QC – Bell Center [Tickets]
11/20 Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena [Tickets]
11/21 Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena [Tickets]