In a new Interview with Rock Feed, Corey Taylor looked back on Slipknot opening for Metallica during the early days.
“We did it back in 2004.”
“It was us, it was Metallica and Lost Prophets. Obviously, we’re in two totally different places now. We’ve really come into our own. In a way… I don’t want to say we’re equals…
“To me, it’s amazing that I can share that kind of stage with a band that I grew up idolizing, like, to me, that’s the greatest sense of accomplishment in a lot of ways. We were both going over there at the same time, and it came down to, ‘They’re gonna do arenas, we’re gonna do it.’
“So it’s, like, ‘Wait a minute. What if we pair up and do stadiums?’ Something we’ve never done. I mean, we didn’t do that with Metallica the first time it went, and they were massive. We’re talking, like, soccer stadiums dude.
“So we jumped at it, we jumped at the chance to be able to basically go over to Australia and New Zealand for couple weeks and just enjoy it, do our thing with one of the bands that inspired us to be who we are.”
When Interviewer suggested maybe James Hetfield could come and sing ‘Spit It Out’, Corey said:
“I’ll tell you what – that actually happened when we were with them in 2004. The last show that we did with them, I think it was Poland – it might’ve been Poland or Prague, but there was an outdoor gig in the World Cup time, so nobody’s really watching us.
“There’s a gigantic screen just perpendicular to the audience and everyone’s kinda watching us – at the time it was hard to ignore us – they’re watching us, then they’re watching the goal, then they’re watching us, then they’re watching the goal.
“Now, we get to the sit-down on ‘Spit It Out,’ and all of a sudden, from the wings, here comes Metallica, all of their crew, all in masks, and Lars immediately jumps on the drums, James is just standing there watching everything, we get everybody down and then all of a sudden everybody jumps up.
“And watching Metallica do it with us man, it was such a great bonding experience.”