Troy L. Smith
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Machine Gun Kelly may have learned a valuable lesson over the weekend while performing at Kentucky’s Louder Than Life Festival. That is you don’t mess with Slipknot fans.
MGK performed on Saturday night at the hard rock festival. This a week after he engaged in a feud with Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor, calling the band’s members “‘old, weird dudes with masks” during Chicago’s Riot Fest.
Things carried over to Louder Than Life when Machine Gun Kelly, real name Colson Baker, hopped off stage to join fans who were in front of the stage. A fan then climbed over the guard rail and shoved MGK. A video shows Machine Gun Kelly throwing an apparent punch before security removed the fan.
The altercation came after speculation that Slipknot fans at the show were booing Machine Gun Kelly and chanting “you suck” at the 31-year-old rapper-turned-rocker. MGK has since denied fans were booing, sharing a video of cheers from the crowd on social media: “‘I don’t know why the media lies in their narrative against me all the time. But all I saw was 20,000 amazing fans at the festival singing every word and 20 angry ones.”
The feud between Kellz and Slipknot stems from an interview Taylor gave earlier this year where he said, “‘I [hate] the artists who failed in one genre and decided to go rock and I think he knows who he is. But that’s another story.”
Machine Gun Kelly alleges Taylor’s comments came after the former removed the Slipknot singer from his album “Tickets to My Downfall” after not being happy with his vocal performance. That’s when MGK fired back at Riot Fest with “‘Hey, you wanna know what I’m really happy that I’m not doing? Being 50 years old wearing a f***ing weird mask on a f***ing stage, talking s***.”
This feud doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere, anytime soon.
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