The unholy union of Slipknot and Marilyn Manson will hit the road together on their joint tour starting tonight, June 28 in Nashville. The two bands haven’t been on the road together since Ozzfest 2001, so this tour has been a long time coming.
“It seemed like every time we were touring [Manson] was making an album, and vice versa, so we were never really on the road at the same time,” Slipknot’s Corey Taylor tells ABC Radio. “We would do shows together on the European festival circuit, but we never could really line it up. So we were lucky enough to put this together.”
Leading up to the tour, the start of which was delayed for a few weeks after Taylor had to undergo unplanned surgery, Slipknot and Manson have been engaging in a “positive competition” regarding who’s going to put on the best show.
“He’s hitting us up, he’s just like, ‘I’m getting ready, you better be ready!'” Taylor says of Manson. “And we’re like, ‘You’re ready? Dude, we’re ready! You better have it really together!'”
“We’re really excited, we go way back with him. I’m still a huge fan,” Taylor continues. “I’m just really looking forward to seeing what he brings out, because when he comes for it, like, he really comes for it, and it just pushes me to go even further.”
Slipknot does not have a history of collaborating live with other bands, but they might put something together with Manson, if only for a “very, very special” circumstance.
“Honestly, the only time we’ve ever [collaborated onstage] was with Korn, a couple of years ago we did it with [Beastie Boys‘] ‘Sabotage,’” Taylor tells ABC Radio. “And that just kinda came out of a conversation. So, if we figure something out…you never say never.”