Corey Taylor is stepping up to defend Metallica and metal's honor after James Hetfield's unplugged mic mishap at this year's GRAMMY Awards.
The Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman tells "The ETC" that, "at this point in their career (Metallica) shouldn't have been disrespected like that. The fact that they shut James Hetfield's microphone off, Metallica doesn't have control of that. All of Metallica's people are not allowed to work on live performances on television -- none of us are. They have a sound producer and a whole crew of people who work on those shows, and then your people work right bind them. But you're not allowed to touch anything, which is horseshit because stuff like this then happens."
Taylor also criticized actress Laverne Cox for introducing Lady Gaga but not Metallica during the segment, noting "It was just, 'Oh, here's Lady Gaga. By the way, she's with Metallica.'" Cox later apologized via Twitter.
Metallica plays a three-night stand in Mexico City starting Wednesday (March 1) and then heads to South America, with a North American tour starting May 10.
Taylor and Stone Sour are finishing up a new album for release this year and will be touring during the spring and summer -- including dates with Korn -- and Taylor will be releasing his fourth book in August.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.