WARNING: This story contains graphic language.
“I’ve never said it was easy to write a hit song, I don’t know what the hell planet he lives on,” Taylor told 98 KUPD on Wednesday, in response to Kroeger’s claim that Taylor said writing a hit is “easy.”
“Apparently it’s Planet Kroeger. There must be good weed there because he’s an idiot,” Taylor said.
“You can run your mouth all you want. All I know is I’ve been voted ‘Sexiest Dude In Rock’ wearing a mask. You’ve been voted ‘Ugliest Dude In Rock’ twice without one. Stick that up your ass,” he said about Kroeger.
Taylor noted that he’s very friendly with the other members of the band, but just can’t deal with the lead singer who has “a face like a foot… dude, curl up in bed with your Hello Kitty pillow and shut up.”
The Slipknot singer also stated that he is “not losing any sleep over Chad Kroeger.”
Taylor also spoke about the fact that Nickelback and Slipknot launched their careers while signed to the same label, Roadrunner Records.
He reiterated that Roadrunner Records “took all the Slipknot money gave it to Nickelback to sign them.”
In a 2002 interview with Rock Sound magazine, Taylor also suggested that Roadrunner was spending more time and resources promoting Nickelback than they were with Slipknot.
“I’m glad they could use our money to make f***ing Nickelback happy,” he said. “That’s a very, very bitter subject for me, and if I ever see any of those f***ers, it’s going to be brutal.”
He continued: “I’m happy for them, but at the same [time], we went out and bust our a**es to make what we did. If they’re still here in a couple years then, hey, good for them, but this band isn’t going anywhere, and when the record label basically f***s your loyalty in the a**, it’s really bitter — especially when we went out and f***ing bled, sweat and earned every f***ing album that we sold. MTV won’t f***ing touch us, radio barely f***ing touches us and here comes those f***ing pretty boys… and the lead singer looks like Shaggy from Scooby Doo…”
Smash Mouth have also defended Slipknot, tweeting that “We see what Chad is saying but Slipknot has more than pulled it off. It feels authentic, they nailed it! They’re American Icons.”
We see what Chad is saying but Slipknot has more than pulled it off. It feels authentic, they nailed it! They're American Icons.
— Smash Mouth (@smashmouth) June 20, 2017
Earlier this week, Kroeger sat down with Metal Covenant in a new interview where he spoke about the diversity of Nickelback’s music.
When Kroeger challenged the interviewer to name another band who is just as diverse as Nickelback, the journalist suggested Slipknot singer Taylor’s other band, Stone Sour.
Kroeger went on to criticize Taylor, arguing that his band is a “gimmick” and describing Stone Sour as “Nickelback Lite.”
Kroeger switched gears to mention Taylor’s primary band, Slipknot: “They had to put on masks and jump around. How good can your music be if you’ve got to beat each other up on stage, throw up in your own masks every night?”
Stone Sour’s new album, Hydrograd, will be released on June 30.