What Corey Taylor Experienced While Seeing Pantera’s New Lineup Live: ‘My Expectations Were Really High’

Phil Anselmo: Tilly antoine, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en, Wikimedia Commons / Corey Taylor: Gene Smirnov, philadelphia commercial, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en, Wikimedia Commons
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Last year, when asked about the upcoming Pantera shows, Corey Taylor of the Des Moines, IA act Slipknot shared that while he was excited to see the band perform, he also said, “Is it going to work? I don’t know.”

Well, Taylor has finally had the chance to see Pantera perform live, and he has some thoughts.

During a new chat on Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk, the Slipknot frontman is asked if he’s had the chance to see Pantera in action. Taylor says that he got to see the band at the Graspop Metal Meeting festival with his wife Alicia, and when it comes to what he experienced during their set… well, he says it was something really special.

Regarding what it was like to see Pantera perform live, Taylor says (as transcribed by Blabbermouth):

“I saw it at [the] Graspop [Metal Meeting festival in Belgium in June]. ‘Cause they were on right before us at Graspop just this year. And I hadn’t seen ’em [when they played with us in South America last December], ’cause we were flying in and out, so I didn’t get to see them on that run, that South American run. And dude, me and [my wife] Alicia ran out to the front of house.

“And I didn’t even care. I was, like, ‘I’m watching this.’ And I was so stoked. And my expectations were really high, dude. And they sounded incredible. I was so stoked. There’s probably a bunch of fan-shot video of me singing along and jumping around like an idiot. I was so stoked, and they sounded so great. Dude, Phil looks great. He’s having a great time.”

Concluding his thoughts, the Slipknot vocalist further expresses how in awe he was, and remains, of the performance:

“We all know the story, and to see them get up there and to feel that positive energy that hasn’t been felt around that in so long, dude. I mean, I got really — I’m starting to get emotional about it now. I mean, it just felt really good to see our buddies up there — and this is absolute honesty — really doing justice. I mean, it sounds really, really good.”

It’s awesome to hear that Taylor had such a stellar experience seeing the band live, and with Pantera playing more shows – and soon to embark on their tour with Metallica – even more folks will get to experience the band’s incredible performances.