The hard rock beef of 2017 rages on: Stone Sour singer Corey Taylor and Nickelback's Chad Kroeger are apparently still at. While Kroeger has seemingly kept quiet on the subject since first igniting the storm, Taylor can't seem to avoid the topic when being interviewed or performing with his band.
Now, members of Nickelback have reportedly called Corey Taylor to apologize for their frontman's behavior, evidently going so far as to distance themselves from the musician, according to a recent report from Blabbermouth.net.
As you may recall, it all started last month when Nickelback's Kroeger uttered some not-so-nice things about Taylor and Stone Sour, saying they're “not as good as Nickelback” and calling the group, “Nickelback light.” Taylor fired back, comparing Kroeger to a bucket of chicken and flat-out calling him an idiot.
In a new interview with 93.3 WMMR, Taylor says the members of Nickelback called him to apologize when Kroeger's trash-talking interview first went public. As the Stone Sour and Slipknot vocalist has mentioned before, he's apparently on good terms with everyone in the band besides Kroeger.
“That just tells you the level of ego you're dealing with,” Taylor says of Kroeger. “And I've said this since day one—it's not the [rest of his] band. Because the [other guys in the] band turned around… As soon as that story hit, the band called and apologized. They were like, 'It's not us. We promise. It's this guy. We don't…' And I had hung out with the band before, and they're super cool dudes. So I was, like… Well, I figured it wasn't them. So I don't want people holding it against the band, because it's not them. It's Captain Ego from Planet Douche.”
Of the fued's origin, Taylor claims he hasn't spoken ill of Kroeger in over a decade. In Kroeger's initial video interview with Metal Covenant that sparked the current spat, the Nickelback leader contends that, “Corey Taylor has said some really nasty things about me before in the press.”
“No, not really,” Taylor says. “I mean, I said something maybe, like, fifteen years ago, but I was drinking then; nobody was listening to me then. And I hadn't said anything since; I don't even think about him. … This came so far out of left field that I woke up to everyone, like, blowing me up. And I was, like, 'Really?'”
As far as concertgoers' recent practice of chanting “F**k Nickelback” during Stone Sour concerts, Taylor says the trend seems to be picking up steam.
“It's been, like, the last four shows,” he says. “It [happened] in Canada yesterday—[which is Nickelback's] stomping grounds. I was, like, 'Maybe they're gonna come at us with some pushback.' [But they were the loudest chant.]”
Listen to the audio of Taylor's WMMR interview here:
Stone Sour released their new album Hydrograd on June 30; Nickelback dropped their latest full-length, Feed The Machine, on June 16. Watch AP's exclusive PRS Lounge interview with Corey Taylor at the 2017 APMAS below.
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