During a Loudwire interview, SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor 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.”
He continued: “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 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.”