Slipknot, one of America’s most famous metal bands, formed in central Iowa in 1995. They have sold over 30 million albums and won a Grammy Award for Best Performance of Metal in 2006. Next year, the band will play 25 years after releasing their first commercial recording – meaning Slipknot would be Hall of Fame eligible.
But in a recent conversation with Andy Hall from Lazer 103.3, a Des Moines-area radio station, Taylor said he was not a Rock Hall fan.
“I don’t care about this room because I think it’s a rubbish heap,” Taylor said. “They don’t really honor anything other than pop music and they only really introduce real rock bands when they have to give in to pressure.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is a museum in Cleveland, Ohio, established in 1983 to document famous musicians and the history of rock music.
While the museum’s namesake is rock ‘n’ roll, Taylor and many other critics say it’s too focused on pop music. Influential hard rock bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Motorhead have been overtaken by the hall in recent years. Taylor said these groups are just the newest on a long list that the museum has “disrespected.”
If Slipknot were in the running, Taylor said he would likely take a page of the Sex Pistols’ response to their 2006 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame selection when Johnny Rotten sent a letter rejecting the invitation telling the audience, “We are not your monkeys, we are not coming.”
“I’d be like, ‘Your room is a sham,’” Taylor said in the interview with Lazer. “‘I don’t care if I’m in it or not. You have no idea what the spirit of rock’n’roll really is. So take this, and push it your-you-know- what. “”
While Slipknot may not be performing in the Cleveland Hall anytime soon, the masked group will be hosting Knotfest in Iowa this year. The festival is scheduled to take place on September 25 at the National Balloon Classic Field in Indianola, with bands like Megadeth, Lamb of God, Gojira and, of course, Slipknot.
“A home show is always crazy, but a ‘Knotfest’ home show will be on a whole new level,” founding member Mr. Shawn “Clown” Crahan said in a press release.
Tickets for Knotfest Iowa go on sale at 10 a.m. on June 4 knotfest.com/iowa.
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