The Nickelback/Slipknot beef has surfaced after 15 years. This time, Nickelback’s frontman Chad Kroeger slammed Slipknot and singer Corey Taylor’s side-project Stone Sour, describing it as “Nickelback-lite.” Taylor fired back calling Kroeger an “idiot” that has “got a face like a foot.”
Speaking in an interview with Metal Covenant on Wednesday, June 14, Kroeger began talking about the diversity of Nickelback’s music. He said, “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.”
The interviewer then followed to suggest that Taylor’s side-project Stone Sour were as diverse as Nickelback, and 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.” Oh, boy…
He also said that Taylor has said some “really nasty things” about him in the press, recalling that 2002 interview in which Taylor called Nickelback “f*cking pretty boys” and referred to Kroeger as “Shaggy from Scooby-Doo.”
The singer of “the world’s most hated band” said about Slipknot that “They had to put on masks and jump around. How good can your music be if you’ve gotta beat each other up onstage, throw up in your own mask every night? Music shouldn’t come with a gimmick.” He said that Taylor created Stone Sour because “he wanted people to know what he looks like.”
Check out the interview below:
Taylor clapped back at Kroeger in the most Taylor-ish way
After finding out what Kroeger had to say about Slipknot and Stone Sour, Taylor remained silent for a while. He only retweeted a fan’s comment about how hard he was expecting Taylor’s response.
On Tuesday, June 20, Taylor finally responded to Kroeger in an interview with radio station 98 KUPD. “I don’t know what planet he’s from. Apparently Planet Kroeger,” he said.
“You can run your mouth all you want. All I know is I’ve been voted ‘Sexiest Dude in Rock’ [while] wearing a mask,” he continued. “You’ve been voted ‘Ugliest Dude in Rock’ twice without one. Stick that up your a**.”
He did say that he doesn’t have any problems with the rest of the members of the Canadian pop-rock band, but as for Kroeger, he said he has “a face like a foot,” and concluded by saying, “Dude, curl up in bed with your Hello Kitty pillow and shut up.”
So, O.K., I’m not exactly a Nickelback fan, but I have to back Kroeger up here because he actually made a good point when talking about Slipknot, while Taylor’s response was just dumb as hell.
At least, Taylor has a professional wrestler backing him up. On Thursday, June 22, the singer shared a tweet from The Iron Sheik – an Iranian-American former pro wrestler and one-time world champion of the WWF World Heavyweight Championship – in which he calls Nickelback a “jabroni” and threatened Kroeger to break his neck. Talk about irrational.