Slipknot's Corey Taylor Decries COVID-19 Vaccination "Conspiratorial Echo Chambers"
"People act like getting a vaccine is signing a deal with the devil"
Published Jul 28, 2021Sounding rather All Hope Is Gone, Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has aired his grievances with the hasty return to live music in the U.S. as the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 surges.
In a new interview with Consequence, Taylor slammed anti-vaxxers for spreading misinformation inside "conspiratorial echo chambers."
"People act like getting a vaccine is signing a deal with the devil," the singer — who just finished a run of solo shows — said. "It's been so politicized and spun out of control in these conspiratorial echo chambers that people forget that you can go find all the info you want online to educate yourself about everything about these vaccines."
He continued: "The fact that [vaccines] have been demonized, almost to the point of these gnarly conspiracy theories, no wonder why people are afraid of it — because they're listening to the wrong people."
Taylor was one of the first acts to get back out on the road in May with his "CMFT Tour," but it wasn't without concern.
"We were so determined to make sure that we were doing it right that in a lot of ways, we didn't start enjoying the tour until halfway through," he said, noting that they followed health guidelines on masking and social distancing in every state. He has another U.S. outing planned to start in August.
As for whether vaccine passports should be required for attending shows, the rocker said:
Yes and no. Here's the thing: There shouldn't be a mandate, but guess what, man? If you're going to put people at risk of getting sick, you shouldn't want to go to a show; that's common sense. And if you do put people at risk, then you're a fucking asshole and you shouldn't be let in anyway. So for me, it's a common sense thing — but we don't have a lot of common sense these days, man.
Watch the full interview with Taylor below.