Slipknot’s Corey Taylor was one of many celebrity guests at the Mad Monster Party convention which took place February 18-20 in Charlotte, North Carolina. At the event, the singer and horror fanatic sat down for a Q&A with fans, where he named his favorite Metallica song.
The session lasted over 45 minutes and was filmed almost entirely by a fan present. The questions were wide ranging, from advice to new musical artists, if he would ever consider running for office (not a chance) and more.
After some comedic banter with a fan, Taylor was asked about his favorite Metallica song, which sparked a vivid childhood memory as he picked one. Puppeteer track in particular.
“‘Disposable Heroes’,” the Slipknot frontman replied without hesitation.
“That song…you gotta remember it, when that album came out [in 1986]I was young and would buy the tape from local Sam Goodie, which for some of you [who don’t know] is a fucking record store and a longer story than I want to talk about,” he continued, “So I walked to the local mall to buy the tape from Sam Goodie. I had my fucking Walkman with me and I listened to it all the way… Side One is a fucking clinic – such a clinic. Classic. So cool.”
There is no doubt that the sequence of “Battery”, “Master of Puppets”, “The Thing That Should Not Be” and “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)” is among the strongest first halves of any album by metal, but it was the start of the second half that really caught Taylor’s ear.
“I flipped the tape over and that first song is ‘Disposable Heroes’ and all of a sudden I got my head ripped off,” he recalled. “I was just like, ‘This is the greatest fucking song.’ This riff is so stupid I can’t even explain it The song just kept building and building and building…yeah to this day it’s my favorite fucking song from Metallica. It’s so awesome.”
Watch the full Q&A below.
The track is a bit deep, especially when it comes to the live set. As much as Metallica changes its sets every show, “Disposable Heroes” has only been performed live 160 times (as of publication, via setlist.fm), with 73 such instances occurring in 1993 and 1994.
Meanwhile, elsewhere during the session at the convention, Taylor suggested that Slipknot would dust off some songs they haven’t played live in a very long time, as well as other fan requests, when they hit the road on the Knotfest Roadshow later this year. See those dates here.
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