Corey Taylor: “People Act Like Getting a Vaccine Is Signing a Deal with the Devil”
People who opt not to be vaccinated and attend live shows have riled Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, who has voiced his opinions.
During a recent interview with Billboard, the Slipknot leader questioned whether concerts should compel fans to get vaccinated against the coronavirus epidemic.
Taylor told Heavy Consequence: “People seem like being vaccinated is striking a contract with the devil.” These conspiratorial echo chambers have politicized and distorted the issue to the point where people forget that they can get all the information they need regarding vaccinations on the Internet. Vaccinations have been demonized to the point of nasty conspiracy theories, he said.
Corey responded, “Do I think it should be a necessity for people to get vaccinated to go to events in the future? Yes and No.
Man, if you’re going to put other people at danger of becoming sick by attending to a performance, why go? What you’re saying makes perfect sense to me. In that case, you’re a fuckin’ arsehole. In any case, you shouldn’t be permitted in.
As a matter of fact, “we don’t have a lot of common sense these days,” says the actor.
Bring Me The Horizon will join Slipknot at their Knotfest performance in Los Angeles.
After the metal band’s Knotfest Roadshow, which will travel across North America from September to November, the one-day event will take place.
Watch Full Interview of Corey Taylor
This year, Corey Taylor was one of the first performers to resume touring with COVID safety measures in mind. While the vaccination is widely available, COVID instances are now again growing among unprotected Americans, as Taylor discussed in a new interview with Heavy Consequence (seen below).
The artist remarked that being vaccinated has become a political talking topic, and that this is part of the problem. Vaccines are seen by some as a bargain with the devil, he says. These conspiratorial echo chambers have politicised the issue so much that people have forgotten that you can go online and obtain all the information you need to educate yourself about these vaccinations.”
“No wonder why people are frightened of vaccinations — they’re listening to the wrong people,” Taylor said. “Vaccines have been vilified, almost to the extent of these nasty conspiracy theories.”
On the subject of concerts returning, she asked if individuals should be compelled to provide proof of vaccination before attending a performance. Are you of the opinion that individuals should be vaccinated in order to attend shows?
It’s not a law, but if you’re going to put people at danger of becoming sick, you shouldn’t want to attend a concert. What you’re saying makes perfect sense to me. In that case, you’re a fuckin’ arsehole. In any case, you shouldn’t be permitted in. We don’t have much common sense these days.”
Just over 49 percent of Americans had been vaccinated with two doses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as of press time. There were 53,772 new COVID cases reported in the U.S. on July 26, according to CDC data.
COVID-19 instances increased at least 10 percent in 48 states during the past week, according to Johns Hopkins University statistics. Thirty-four of these states had a 50 percent rise in the number of new cases. More than 97 percent of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 were not vaccinated, according to CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky last week.
As part of his CMFT tour, Taylor will be on the road again in August in promotion of his solo record, due out in 2020. In Las Vegas, the tour kicks up on Aug. 6 at the House of Blues, and ends on Aug. 19 in Denver at the Ogden Theatre. Visit Taylor’s website for a list of all stops and information on purchasing tickets.