Back in 2009, Municipal Waste frontman Tony Foresta once faked being a member of Slipknot after security was aggressive with him at a Disturbed show. If you think that first part already sounds interesting, there’s even more to this story. Tony shared this story over on the BREWtally Speaking Podcast.
Around this time, Foresta was also the member of a little side project called Jock Jamz, where he would play nu metal covers. Prior to making his way into the Disturbed show, Foresta was chilling with late Children of Bodom frontman Alexi Laiho and throwing back some drinks. At one point while they are chilling, Tony hears Disturbed start up their song “Down With The Sickness” and tries to catch a glimpse of the performance; that’s when security stops him and Foresta says he’s a member of Slipknot.
But how come he was able to pull that off so easily? Well, let Tony explain to you himself:
“We were playing a festival in Sweden and — this is a really long time ago, like kind of when we first starting going over to Europe. It had to have been like 2009, ’cause we just toured with Children Of Bodom, and then we went over to Europe and they were there, and they were playing this festival. And Lexi, me and that dude, we both liked to hit it hard back then.
“We both liked our whiskey and I hadn’t seen him since the tour we did, or talked to him. Anyway, he grabs me and is like ‘Come sit with me man, let’s share a drink.’ And [we] just sit there and house this fucking bottle of, I don’t even know. I know it was whiskey. I’m not really sure what it was. That guy was little, but he could fucking drink man.
“So to preface this: Me and Ryan Waste have this band that we only played as twice. We only played the Super Bowl halftime at our local bar. [The band] is called Jock Jamz, with a Z, and we do nu metal songs. And it was me and Ryan Parrish that played in Darkest Hour and was eventually in Iron Reagan. And we would do Godsmack, Disturbed [cover songs] – Anyway, we would do all those songs.
“We would wear fake dreads and hats sideways and makeup — it was a thing. Anyway, so I’m chilling with Lexi and then I’m like ‘Ah fuck, I gotta go, I gotta go find my bandmates.’ And I’m walking by the main stage and I see Phil [Hall, of Municipal Waste] and he’s like talking to the Trivium dudes or somebody. I find my bandmates and I’m standing by the main stage, just talking and Disturbed kicks into the fucking monkey song, whatever the fuck it’s called… [makes screeching sound], you know that shit? And I’m stoked. I’m feeling pretty good at this point.
“And I hear that shit kick in and I’m like ‘Aww shit!’ So I fucking climb up on the stage, up this steep stairwell, and I get up it and I run over to the stage and they kick into that part. And I’m like doing my rap — my rappy, rapping bass metal dance, I like to call it. And I’m fucking feeling it. And the security, or I don’t know who it was—probably a guitar tech or something. These two dudes like fold me up and they’re grabbing me and they like fucking throw me down the stairs.
“And then they look and they see I have an artist pass on me. And they’re like ‘Oh fuck. Who, who are you, man? Who are you?’ And I go, ‘I’m in fucking Slipknot dude, you just fucked up!’ That was the first thing that came to my head, ’cause I was like they wear masks, so [security] wouldn’t even know. So I was like ‘You just fucked up, man!’ I walked off real fast and I don’t know if that ever got back to anybody, but that was a fun day for sure. R.I.P. Lexi too.”
What a fucking time that sounds like! Holy shit – you can always count on Tony to have a wild story or two. You can listen to the full conversation featuring Tony below, as well as links to our past two-part interview with the Municipal Waste singer below.