Slipknot's Corey Taylor, Jay Weinberg Offer Advice On Mask-Wearing

By Andrew Magnotta @AndrewMagnotta

July 30, 2020

Wearing a mask in public is nothing new for the members of Slipknot, who have for years covered their heads in plastic, latex and leather, despite stifling summer heat and humidity.

While openings for the mouth and nose are frowned upon in these COVID times, Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has experience with all kinds of headgear. And he offered some advice to the mask-averse.

"The main thing is to find a mask that fits," Taylor told Spin. "I know a lot of people complain about it, like, hurting their ears and s--t, but that's because your mask is too small. Or your head's too big. Whichever is the case, I'm not too sure. But think about it this way: you're talking about a few moments of discomfort agains the possibility of being dead. It sells itself."

Taylor has over the past 20-plus years spent an incalculable number of hours in masks of all shapes and styles.

It can be uncomfortable — even for the pros. But there's a reason for doing it.

In a conversation with The Metal Circus TV, drummer Jay Weinberg pointed out that — even for Slipknot — wearing a mask is "not fun, it's not enjoyable, it's not any of those things, but it is necessary, for sure."

The masks are essential to Slipknot's aesthetic. Another essential aspect to the Grammy-winning metal band, however, is staying alive and looking out for those around them.

"But suck it up, man," Taylor said. "Put on a f---ing mask and help people. If you want things to get back to normal, do things the right way."

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