The Slipknot / Machine Gun Kelly feud heated up faster than a frozen Lean Cuisine meal.
Review: Earlier this year, Knot frontman Corey Taylor told an interviewer that “I [hate] artists who failed in a genre and decided to go rocking – and I think he knows who he is, ”what hipster people than me say was a veiled reference to Machine Gun Kelly (born Semi -Automatic Koplowitz).
Then, at Riot Fest in Chicago on Sunday, as Kelly and Slipknot performed simultaneously on different stages on the festival grounds, Kelly told the crowd:
“Hey, do you want to know what I’m really happy not to do?” To be 50 years old wearing a freaky fucking mask on a fucking stage. Holy shit … Turn on the lights. Let me see who chose to be here instead of all the weird old dudes in masks.
Which could have been the end, except Kelly apparently decided he had to defend himself after Maggots started to pee. So he went on Twitter, where he wrote…
“Very strange that when an artist says shit and I answer, I’m the bad guy.”
“corey did a verse for a song on my drop album tickets, it was fucking terrible so I didn’t use it. he went crazy about it and talked shit to a magazine at About the same album he was almost on. All of these stories are extinct. Just admit it’s bitter.
Well, obviously Corey Taylor wasn’t going to put up with this shit when he lay down. So he took to Twitter, where he shared an email exchange between himself and Blink-182’s Travis Barker, who was apparently the go-between between the Slipknot singer and MGK, with this message:
“I don’t like people who spread private bullshit like a kid. So that’s all I’ll say: I didn’t do the track because I don’t like it when people try to “write” for me. I told them NO. So without further ado…. # Received That’s all I’m going to say about it.
And here are those emails between Taylor and Barker:
So Kelly came back:
“Basically your verse was really bad. respectfully, i was just telling you to rewrite it because it was so bad. respectfully. but let’s do a cover of the Britney Spears song together 🤘🏼 ”
The Britney Spears thing is over my head, but so is the lure of Machine Gun Kelly.
Either way, the part of the email that strikes me as the most remarkable is this part of Kelly’s response (and not just because it’s inadvertently hilarious):
“Lately I’ve been watching the news about the war and the state of everything and it made me see the song in a different way, like soldiers need a song to survive. a song to fight too.
I’m totally guessing here, but I’d bet that’s why Taylor didn’t want to do the trail. Remember, back in 2005, when Dubya was still in power, Taylor once collaborated with Machine Head’s Robb Flynn on a song called “The Rich Man”, with these lyrics:
Sinners and hypocrites
Burn in the wilderness for a rich man
Liars and fools
Lead us to slaughter for our last fight
Killers and idiots
Die in the wilderness for a rich man
Sinners and hypocrites
Bring us together for the master plan
So I don’t see Taylor being thrilled to write a song for the soldiers to “fight too”. Just my intuition.
Either way, Taylor hasn’t fought back yet, and I suspect he won’t or won’t until someone asks him about the drama in an interview (c ‘that is to say, he is not going to continue this face-to-face via social networks). Honestly, I hope this never happens again, because between this and Dirtiness, I’ve now spent too much of my life thinking about that 11 year old green bean with a bad haircut and worse tattoos.
“Can’t Look Back,” the song Taylor refused to appear on, is embedded below if you’re curious.
Next Slipknot live dates:
September 25 – Des Moines, IA – National Balloon Classic Field (Knotfest Iowa) [tickets]
September 28 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater [tickets]
September 29 – Milwaukee, WI – American Family Insurance Amphitheater [tickets]
October 01 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center [tickets]
October 02 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theater [tickets]
October 03 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater [tickets]
October 05 – Syracuse, NY – Lakeview Amphitheater – Syracuse [tickets]
October 08 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center [tickets]
October 09 – Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theater [tickets]
October 10 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center [tickets]
October 12 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion [tickets]
October 13 – Bristow, Virginia – Jiffy Lube Live [tickets]
October 15 – Burgettstown, PA – S&T Bank Music Park [tickets]
October 17 – Charlotte, North Carolina – PNC Music Pavilion [tickets]
October 19 – Tampa, Florida – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater [tickets]
October 20 – West Palm Beach, Florida – iTHINK Financial Amphitheater [tickets]
October 22 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park in Walnut Creek [tickets]
October 23 – Alpharetta, Georgia – Ameris Bank Amphitheater [tickets]
October 24 – Pelham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheater [tickets]
October 26 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP [tickets]
October 28 – Del Valle, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater [tickets]
October 29 – The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (no code orange) [tickets]
October 30 – Dallas, Texas – Dos Equis Pavilion [tickets]
November 01 – Albuquerque, New Mexico – Isleta Amphitheater [tickets]
November 02 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion [tickets]
November 05 – Los Angeles, California – Banc of California Stadium (Knotfest Los Angeles)
[via The PRP]