Slipknot’s Corey Taylor on selfie sticks at gigs: ‘I’d beat the shit out of you with a cricket bat’

The singer labels selfie sticks a 'dumb invention'

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has expressed his disdain for music fans taking selfie sticks to gigs or festivals.

Earlier this year, a number of US festivals including Coachella and Lollapalooza listed selfie sticks among their “prohibited items”. The devices – elongated sticks that attach to a camera or phone to aid photo-taking – have also been banned from major British music venues, including O2 Academy Brixton, London’s O2 Arena and the SSE Wembley Arena, due to health and safety reasons.

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Speaking to NME recently, the metal singer said that he would “beat the living shit” out of a fan with a baseball or cricket bat if he saw them with a selfie stick.

Taylor said: “Oh my fucking god, selfie sticks, fuck me. Whenever I see one, I’m like ‘seriously?! There’s a whole fucking industry making hundreds of thousand dollars probably every day just so we can take big fucking pictures of our own stupid faces?!’.”

He added: “It’s a dumb invention. What the fuck is wrong with us?… The stuff that really pisses me off is, really, deep down, is not so much the trivial stuff – it’s the shit that they try and fucking con us with… I would find a baseball bat – or a cricket bat in England – and I would beat the living shit out of that person probably and then I would go to jail without even being the slightest bit fucking sorry. Cuff me up, officer! I’m not trying to run, is that the van? Ok, I’ll get myself in! Just get me the fuck out of here.”

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Corey Taylor recently gave a damning assessment of streaming services like Tidal, Spotify and the recently announced Apple Music.

Speaking to NME, Taylor was asked if Slipknot were approached by Tidal or Apple Music would he get behind it either service. “Of course not, because they can’t use our music to sell anything,” he replied. “That’s fine with me, you know, I don’t give a shit, let the fucking Taylor Shits and One Erections sell their fucking sodas and edible panties, I don’t give a shit about any of that.


“The second that I’m writing music written specifically to sell somebody a fucking motorcycle boot, that’s it for me, I’m done, I’m fucking out. I thought the big thing was between Tidal and Spotify, I never even realised that there’s now a fucking third player on the fucking rack. It’s so hard to keep up with the way technology’s fucking going anymore. I’m surprised people haven’t just dropped their tools and been like fuck it, I’m out.”