Watch what happens when you dare text from the front row at Slipknot's metal show

A lot has been said and written about concertgoers distracting themselves with their smartphones, instead of enjoying the live show with all of their senses. It's hard to find the rationale in this "practice", considering most of them have paid for tickets, travel, and are (presumably) rabid fans of the performers – surely, texting or checking their Facebook feed, instead of immersing themselves in the on-stage mayhem seems confusing on every level. But to each their own, right?

Not quite. Corey Taylor – frontman of the prominent American metal band Slipknot – has no such tolerance. At a recent show, someone captured a short, but amusing video of Taylor unabashedly knocking off the phone from a fan's hands, as the latter was totally carried away texting in the front row.

One might argue that the act is needlessly rude and condescending, while others probably find it true to the spirit of rock and roll. Us, we think texting right in the passionately performing artists' faces is immensely disrespectful to their art and dedication. Speaking of dedication, the masked frontman is currently on tour with a partially broken neck, still headbanging like a maniac and powering his way through the band's ear-splitting, yet sophisticated and melodic songs. We reckon he has the right to demand a fan's full attention, even if it takes a broken smartphone to get there.

After the show, Taylor tweeted that the distracted fan admitted to learning his lesson, and that the two "laughed together" about the accident. Previously, the singer has openly voiced his displeasure with concertgoers and random people letting smartphones occupy their attention when they shouldn't. He once told the WRIF radio station: "So many people have their faces glued to their phones and they're not paying attention, I point and laugh anytime I see somebody trip walking down the street... get off your phones and pay attention to what you're doing!" Indeed, this is the kind of irresponsible behavior that, sadly, doesn't just lead to darkly humorous accidents, but to car crashes and tragic deaths by selfie, too.

Taylor also believes that fans who hold their phones in the air and film entire shows "are not enjoying the show." "You're gonna come down there and film it, but you're not gonna enjoy it? People need to unplug and realize that they're missing their lives!" - he added.

The footage is available below. Do you agree with the Slipknot singer's opinion? Tell us in the comments below!



2. libra89

Posts: 2271; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

He has a good point. I love concerts, but seeing this kind of thing is annoying if done for a really long time. Taking a selfie is no big deal, but like texting throughout the whole concert and having to be in front of someone like

7. Beijendorf unregistered

He's a paying customer. Maybe that a-hole of a narcissist should provide his customer with entertainment, not demand his paying customers to entertain HIM. Slipknot can eat poop for all I care after seeing this.

9. Lorenz

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

A paying customer? You really understand nothing about music and art. Please go to your next display watching streams that you pay for as a paying customer and enjoy the life of customers, service and money.

4. der_damo

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

I'd sue the Muk out of him - if I were in America :(

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No! I would have hopped on that staged and bust him in his face. You don't touch me or whatever I am holding. It probably was staged anyways. But if it was me that mic would be down his throat!

11. Subie

Posts: 2354; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Yeah, good luck with that. You wouldn't even get near him.

6. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

If the guy is staring at his phone instead of the concert, maybe Taylor needs to look at the quality of product he's providing. (I know, it's Slipknot, you don't go to their concert expecting quality). The only lesson to be learned is that Mr. Taylor is an entitled assh*le.

8. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Thank you slipknot. Show these smartphone junkies, that they need to pay attention to the world around them.....

12. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Maybe there was a pokemon on stage

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.