Corey Taylor To Fans Who Film Shows: Enjoy the Live Moment, Not Your ‘Little Four-by-Four Screen’
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Stone Sour and Slipknot both put on energetic shows, with frontman Corey Taylor often right at the center of the hot and sweaty action, pumping up the crowd and making sure they get a great live experience. During a recent talk with Loudwire Nights host Toni Gonzalez following a Stone Sour gig the night before, Taylor spoke about the rush of playing for audiences and also addressed the increasingly common practice of concertgoers filming shows with their smartphones.
When asked to describe the feeling he gets from the most powerful of performances, Taylor initially struggled for words before ripping off the impressively descriptive, “It’s adrenaline, sex, it’s rage, it’s passion, it’s happiness … it’s all of these incredible all encompassing feelings all wrapped up into one, but it feels completely different than any of them.”
For the vocalist, his main goal is giving those watching the show the best experience they can have, although it has led to a few strange moments during shows. Taylor recalls, “I’ve seen people mosh to ‘Bother’ before, it’s very off putting. Listen, if you’re out there, you need f–king help. You don’t mosh to ‘Bother.’ You hold your phone up. You used to hold your lighter up. Now we hold our phones up, or we stare into it while we’re watching real life on your screen. Knock that s–t off, too. Stop it.”
Taylor, who famously slapped a phone out of a fan’s hand during a Slipknot show last year, says that while he’s okay with concertgoers doing what they want at shows, he’s a little perplexed as to why filming shows has become such a big thing.
“It’s fine. Bring your phone, take pictures, do whatever you want. But why? You’re there,” says Taylor. “Take pictures, do whatever you want, but why are you filming it? It’s one thing to film it, but it’s another thing to just be staring at your screen while you’re filming it. It’s right there! Are you so terrified of real life that you can’t do anything unless it’s on that little four-by-four screen? Ugggh. It’s very weird.”
Watch Taylor’s full discussion on the live experience in the interview with Toni Gonzalez above. And catch Stone Sour on tour at these locations.
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