Kroeger recently slammed Taylor, arguing that Slipknot are a “gimmick” and describing Taylor’s side-project Stone Sour as “Nickelback Lite”.
Taylor has now responded (watch in the interview below), telling radio station 98 KUPD that he found the situation “funny” and that he doesn’t know “what the hell planet” Kroeger is living on.
The Slipknot frontman went on to describe Kroeger as an “idiot”, adding: “You can run your mouth all you want. All I know is I’ve been voted ‘Sexiest Dude In Rock’ wearing a mask. You’ve been voted ‘Ugliest Dude In Rock’ twice without one. Stick that up your ass.”
Taylor also said that he had no issues with the other Nickelback members before saying that Kroeger has “got a face like a foot”, concluding: “Dude, curl up in bed with your Hello Kitty pillow and shut up.”
Meanwhile, ‘All Star’ hitmakers Smash Mouth have defended Slipknot, tweeting that “We see what Chad is saying but Slipknot has more than pulled it off. It feels authentic, they nailed it! They’re American Icons.” See that below.
We see what Chad is saying but Slipknot has more than pulled it off. It feels authentic, they nailed it! They're American Icons.
— Smash Mouth (@smashmouth) June 20, 2017
Speaking in a video interview with Metal Covenant, Kroeger was speaking about the diversity of Nickelback’s music, saying, “I can’t think of another band that’s as diverse as we are. I can’t. And I don’t think that’s me talking from pride or ego.” After the interviewer suggested that Taylor’s Stone Sour project were as diverse as Nickelback, Kroeger replied: “Yeah, because they’re trying to be Nickelback… They’re okay, but they’re not as good as Nickelback. They sound like Nickelback Lite.”
Kroeger also claimed that Taylor has said “some really nasty things” about his band in the press and responded to the singer allegedly describing writing a hit song as “easy”, saying: “Well, show me. Show me. Write one. I have yet to hear one”. Of Slipknot, Kroeger said: “They had to put on masks and jump around. How good can your music be if you’ve got to beat each other up on stage, throw up in your own masks every night?” Arguing that “music shouldn’t come with a gimmick,” Kroeger also said of Taylor: “He got tired of sitting behind a mask — he wanted people to know what he looks like — so he started Stone Sour.”