Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger has called out Corey Taylor and his Stone Sour bandmates and says they “sound like Nickelback lite.”
Kroeger also slams Slipknot for wearing masks and says that it’s nothing more than a “gimmick.”
He tells Metal Covenant: “I can’t think of another band that’s as diverse as we are. I can’t. And I don’t think that’s me talking from pride or ego. I mean, you’re sitting across the table. You know what you’re talking about.”
When pressed to name another band by the singer, the interviewer offers up Stone Sour to which Kroeger replies: “Yeah, because they’re trying to be Nickelback.”
He adds: “Corey Taylor has said some really nasty things about me before in the press. He talks about how easy it is to write a hit song. Well, show me. Show me. Write one. I have yet to hear one.
“They’re okay. But they’re not as good as Nickelback. They sound like Nickelback lite.”
Kroeger goes on to take a shot at Taylor’s other outfit Slipknot and says: “They had to put on masks and jump around. How good can your music be if you’ve got to beat each other up onstage and throw up in your own masks every night?
“Music shouldn’t come with a gimmick – music should just be music. None of my favourite music comes with a gimmick.
“He got tired of sitting behind a mask. He wanted people to know what he looks like so he started Stone Sour.”
Nickelback released their latest album Feed The Machine earlier this month via BMG and are about to embark on a North American tour.
Find a full list of their tour dates below.
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Nickelback Feed The Machine North American tour dates
Jun 23: Noblesville Klipsch Music Center, IN
Jun 24: Clarkston DTE Energy Music Theatre, MI
Jun 27: Toronto Budweiser Stage, ON
Jun 29: Montreal Centre Bell, QC
Jul 01: Wantagh Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, NY
Jul 02: Holmdel PNC Bank Arts Center, NJ
Jul 04: Virginia Beach Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheatre, VA
Jul 07: Bangor Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, ME
Jul 08: Mansfield Xfinity Center, MA
Jul 10: Saratoga Springs Performing Arts Center, NY
Jul 12: Darien Center, NY
Jul 20: Monticello Great Jones County Fair, IA
Jul 21: Omaha CenturyLink Center, ME
Jul 23: Kansas City Starlight Theater, MO
Jul 25: Maryland Heights Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, MO
Aug 01: Tampa Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, FL
Aug 02: Alpharetta Verizon Amphitheatre, GA
Aug 04: Camden BB&T Pavilion, NJ
Aug 05: Hershey Concerts, PA
Aug 07: Burgettstown KeyBank Pavilion, PA
Aug 09: Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center, OH
Aug 11: Des Moines Iowa State Fair, IA
Aug 12: Chicago Huntington Bank Pavilion, IL
Aug 14: Cuyahoga Falls Blossom Music Center, OH
Aug 24: St Paul Minnesota State Fair, MN
Aug 26: Bismarck Event Center, ND
Aug 27: Billings Rimrock Auto Arena, MT
Aug 29: Spokane Arena, WA
Aug 30: Portland Sunlight Supply Amphitheater, OR
Sep 01: Puyallup Washington State Fair, WA
Sep 03: Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheatre, CA
Sep 06: Wheatland Toyota Amphitheatre, CA
Sep 08: Los Angeles Greek Theatre, CA
Sep 09: Phoenix Ak-Chin Pavilion, AZ
Sep 12: Denver Red Rocks Amphitheatre, CO
Sep 14: Albuquerque Isleta Amphitheatre, NM
Sep 16: Salt Lake City Usana Amphitheatre, UT
Sep 21: Winnipeg MTS Centre, MB
Sep 23: Saskatoon Sasktel Sports Centre, SK
Sep 26: Calgary Scotiabank Saddledome, AB
Sep 28: Edmonton Rogers Place, AB
Oct 01: Vancouver Pepsi Live At Rogers Arena, BC