‘If you’re gonna text, stay home’: Watch Slipknot’s Corey Taylor slap a phone out of a fan’s hands


Note to everybody going to see Slipknot on the road with Marilyn Manson this summer: Don’t text during the show.

One fan learned the lesson the hard way. In a video posted by the Iowa metal band from an undisclosed recent gig, frontman Corey Taylor can be seen walking up to the front row, mid-song, and slapping the phone out of a young fan’s hands. We don’t know if the kid was texting, checking in, or playing Pokemon Go, but hey, eyes up at all times when Slipknot’s on stage.

There is, remarkably, a happy ending.


“It’s actually funny — afterward, the dude totally understood the fuck-up and we laughed together,” Taylor tweeted as he engaged fans in discussion of the incident. The kid in question does appear to smile in the screen grab up top.

One person admitted she texts a lot at shows to check in on family, in particular her asthmatic daughter. Taylor responded: “Fair enough. But you might wanna do it between sets or between songs. Am I right?” And later, he added: “Okay, but it doesn’t mean that I, with a broken neck and still playing a show, can’t get pissed that someone’s ignoring it.”

The Slipknot and Marilyn Manson tour does not come to Massachusetts. It did, however, hit the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, on July 8.

Slipknot remaining tour dates 2016, via Team Rock:
Jul 12: Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center, OH
Jul 13: Noblesville Klipsch Music Center, IN
Jul 15: Oshkosh Rock USA, WI
Jul 14-16: Cadott Rock Fest, WI
Jul 17: Bridgeview Chicago Open Air, IL
Jul 19: Toronto Air Canada Centre, ON
Jul 20: Montreal Bell Centre, QC
Jul 21: Quebec Videotron Centre, QC
Jul 23: Syracuse Lakeview Amphitheater, NY
Jul 24: Saratoga Springs Performing Arts Center, NY
Jul 26: Bristow Jiffy Lube Live, VA
Jul 27: Camden BB&T Pavilion, NJ
Jul 29: Clarkston DTE Energy Music Theatre, MI
Jul 30: Burgettstown First Niagara Pavilion, PA
Aug 02: Charlotte PNC Music Pavilion, NC
Aug 04: Maryland Heights Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, MO
Aug 05: Des Moines Wells Fargo Arena, IA
Aug 07: Denver Pepsi Center, CO
Aug 09: Salt Lake City USANA Amphitheatre, UT
Aug 11: Auburn White River Amphitheatre, WA
Aug 13: Concord Concord Pavilion, CA
Aug 14: Inglewood The Forum, CA
Aug 17: Chula Vista Sleep Train Amphitheatre, CA
Aug 19: Albuquerque Isleta Amphitheater, NM
Aug 20: Phoenix Ak-Chin Pavilion, AZ
Aug 21: Las Vegas MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, NV
Aug 25: Dallas Gexa Energy Pavilion, TX
Aug 26: Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, TX
Aug 27: Austin 360 Amphitheater, TX
Sep 25: San Manuel Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, CA
Oct 15-16: Toluca Knotfest, Mexico
Nov 05: Tokyo Knotfest, Japan