During a recent interview with Music Radar, Slipknot’s Jim Root seemingly threw some shade at Rage Against The Machine. The guitarist, who apparently has an issue with COVID safety protocols, says that “when [he] hear[s] a band that’s saying ‘fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me’ telling [him] to do what the government tells [him] to do, that seems backwards”
Root said the following about the current state of the world:
“Everything is so bizarre and so bananas I don’t even know what’s going on with the world right now. I couldn’t even tell you what is going on with the culture, because, being locked up for two years, and then you come out and everything’s upside down, it’s really… I don’t get it.
I thought rock ’n’ roll, and punk and metal, and all that stuff was meant to be anti-establishment and against the man, and now it seems more and more like, ‘Obey!’ and do as you’re told sorta shit, and that seems backwards to me. I don’t know if I am the only one that feels that way. I haven’t really talked to anyone in the band about it, ‘cos we’re just trying to get through these tours, through the protocol and the COVID shit, and all that.
We haven’t really checked in with one another to see how we’re doing, how we’re feeling about the state of the world and all that, but when I hear a band that’s saying ‘Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me’ telling me to do what the government tells me to do, that seems backwards to me.”
Vaccine mandates were previously required by Live Nation and many artists had to adhere to them, including Slipknot. Notably, Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello recently fired back at a fan complaining about the policy:
“RATM never played a single gig in its history that required vaccination. Not one. Fact-check next time bozo”