Corey Taylor plays intimate, COVID safe show for 12 lucky fans

The dive bar performance raised money for the ailing live music scene

November 17, 2020

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Corey Taylor treated 12 lucky fans to a small, socially distanced solo show in a Los Angeles dive bar, last week. It was a raffle access concert to benefit the Sweet Relief COVID-19 fund, providing financial help to music industry workers affected by the coronavirus.

The Slipknot frontman posted a few clips of the small gathering to his Instagram. “Unbelievable feeling being back in front of a crowd, even if it was only 12 people!” the artist captioned. “Thanks to everyone who donated and thanks to our winners who made it out for the special night.”

Quick snapshots reveal a low-key atmosphere complete with disco ball and brick wall canvas. It’s obviously not the type of venue Taylor is accustom to playing, though he seemed more excited to have any semblance of an audience. “Last week's socially distanced secret show in LA was a blast,” he continued in the caption. “We played live music again and raised money for @sweetreliefmusiciansfund.

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A small room filled with 12 people is a welcome change to other venues Corey has played in 2020.

Building up to his latest solo album CMFT, the artist played a virtual show to a nearly empty 17,000 seat venue at the Los Angeles Forum. Joined only by his bandmates, Corey stood atop the elevated stage with his album’s namesake lit up in the background.

Taylor is also staying busy on projects with his original band. During a promotional visit to a distillery, band members revealed work on new music. “We’re taking this time to write some new music,” Clown told the interviewer, signing for Slipknot’s No. 9 Iowa Whiskey. “So for the last week, we’ve been just having a good time, eating a lot of food and writing.”

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