Corey Taylor and Slipknot are excellent live. Do you want massive energy? They bring it. They also are extremely appreciative of the fans who show up to their shows and they never digress from that. I have seen them live several times and they never disappoint.
But Corey Taylor, who doesn't mind speaking his mind about things though generally with good reason behind his thoughts, spoke about many subjects on a recent edition of the podcast Wild Ride! with Steve-O. Taylor talked about his new album, Metallica, and one band he finds "boring live." That band would be Tool.
I know several people who love Tool and the sound James Maynard Kennan and his mates are able to create. Tool creates dense, thoughtful material, that can be very aggressive at times. But the last time Taylor saw Tool, the sonic ability on a Tool record didn't transpose to a great energy on stage.
Corey Taylor of Slipknot: Tool is boring live
According to Taylor, Tool is "amazing at what they do, but when I go to a show, I want to see something as well, and because they’re not as demonstrably active, I get bored. I hate to say that. It’s not because they’re boring, it’s because I’m myself bored."
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Fair enough. And Corey Taylor wasn't trying to disrespect Tool, either. In the same breath of saying he doesn't think Tool is fantastic live, Taylor says, "The way (Tool) mesh together as a band is so effortless." And he also thinks Tool drummer Danny Carey is one of the best drummers ever.
Plus, to be real, while Tool might make great records, they would have a difficult time matching the intensity of what Slipknot does live. Few bands would be able to have the same kind of energy. But both create great records for you to listen to so in that they are equals.