Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Backs Lars Ulrich’s Controversial Antics

In a recent chat with Kidd Chris, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor recalled Lars Ulrich’s legal battle against Napster in the early 2000s. The vocalist expressed his support for the Metallica drummer by saying:

“I completely backed [Lars Ulrich], man. We’re seeing the aftermath of it, to be honest. I mean, obviously, I have to work with streaming, DSPs, and whatnot, but it doesn’t mean I like it. The odds are so stacked against the artist that less and less people are able to make a living at this, man — unless you hit the jackpot.”

He criticized the lack of legislation against digital service providers and went on:

“And honestly, it’s one of the things why I’m kind of gratified by the fact that physical copies are actually coming back more and more, especially in our genre. So that, at least, is keeping us afloat. But it’s hard. And this is somebody who is just getting by. What about the younger bands who can’t make it?”

Saying that the younger bands tied to the old system couldn’t make enough through digital streaming, Taylor added:

“I’m tired of talking to people about it because the math doesn’t work. They’re paid even less than the old radio structure. At least you could make a goddamn living [back then]… That’s why I commend these younger bands that are bypassing the label structure, period.”

He further explained:

“And they’re going, ‘I’m not gonna let them collect everything.’ Honestly, it’s the only way to make DSPs work in your favor is to cut out the middle man because that’s where all the money is going.”

Ulrich’s lawsuit against Napster sparked criticism from some metal fans back in the day, as it eventually caused the platform to be shut down. In a 2021 interview with the Wild Ride! With Steve-O Podcast, Taylor also reflected on the backlash, saying:

“I remember everyone giving him so much s**t ’cause of that, and he was so right on so many f**king levels, dude. It’s scary. And I wonder how many people look back and eat a little crow because of that… ‘Cause he knew — he knew that this was the direction we were going.”

You can watch Corey Taylor’s recent interview in the video below.