Machine Gun Kelly recently decided to take a shot at Slipknot. The rapper turned rocker slammed the band onstage while they were both performing at the Riot Fest in Chicago, IL yesterday (September 19).
Machine Gun Kelly told the crowd the following:
“Hey, you wanna know what I’m really happy that I’m not doing? Being 50 years old wearing a fucking weird mask on a fucking stage, talking shit. So anyway, what’s everyone’s favorite candy? Reese’s Pieces?”
He later added:
“Turn the lights up. Let me see who chose to be here instead of with all the old weird dudes with masks.”
Many have assumed that Machine Gun Kelly’s criticism was a response to comments that Slipknot’s Corey Taylor made on Cutter’s Rockcast earlier this year:
“The [young artists] that really frustrate me are the ones that they take something that’s been around forever and then just basically rework it and call it new — even though it’s completely derivative. You know the band they’re ripping off — they’re not even trying to rip off a bunch of bands; they’re ripping off one band. But the younger generation picks them up and says, ‘This is our blah blah blah,’ because they’re tired of old people telling them that the music that came before them was better. And I don’t know who’s right, but I know both are wrong, because we should be encouraging everything.”
“I’m just as bad. I’m the worst old fogey dude shaking his cane ever. And I hate everything. I hate all new rock for the most part. I [hate] the artists who failed in one genre and decided to go rock — and I think he knows who he is. But that’s another story.”