Corey Taylor has announced a new concert to promote his upcoming debut solo album CMFT, loaded with pyrotechnics, professional lights, a dance troupe and an empty stadium.
He tells Variety a dad joke inspired the live music event. "My guitarist Christian Martucci and I had this idea for a concert at The Forum based on a horrible dad joke — like, you’re either ‘Forum or Against ‘Em’ — and we thought it was the funniest thing in the world.”
The Slipknot frontman tweeted details in a promotional video outside LA’s Forum coliseum, holding a makeshift wrestling belt with his forthcoming album’s name encrusted on the front. “It is going to be a full on rock show,” he said. “Full production, full piro, full band, full on CT. You’re not going to want to miss it.”
Leading up to the event, Corey released a trailer that includes dramatic shots of the empty stadium behind ominous music. Taylor’s voice narrates the video saying “I’ve been waiting my whole life to play this show. It represents me as a person. It represents me as an artist. It represents me as an entertainer.”
Taylor tells Variety he will adhere to social distancing guidelines and perform to a nearly empty 17,000 seat venue. Fans can buy virtual tickets to stream the concert for $20, or level-up with an exclusive $375 experience which includes a virtual meet-and-greet with Corey, an acoustic set performance and mini-replica of his customized CMFT wrestling belt.
“It’s the only thing that I’ve ever been good at is entertaining an audience, and it sucks not being able to do it,” Taylor begrudged to the publication. “It really does. There’s no intellectual way to say it.”
CMFT is set to release Friday. He released the single “Culture Head,” examining the negative effect of “Cancel Culture” earlier this week.
“It’s just so rampant and so ferocious and I don’t, for the first time in my life, see a way out,” he told NME in a recent interview. “It’s a case of the medicine not fitting the illness.”