Months later after the disaster at Mexico City Knotfest in late November, Corey Taylor speaks out with Rock Antenne, February 9 on the security issue that caused the concerts cancellation.
“We still don’t know what happened. There was no way that we were gonna put our fans at risk, the security team at risk and Evanescence at risk, because they were going on.”
According to reports, the stage barricade broke during Behemoth’s set and it was impossible to fix it in time for either of the two scheduled closers, Evanescence and Slipknot, to perform.
“The barricades were compromised and breaking in. There were so many people that it was an absolute security issue. They tried to fix it. I can’t even talk about it without rolling my fucking eyes. They tried to fix it with, like, bike racks. It was fucking insane. They were, like, trying to wire bike racks to this thing. You go hold 25 thousand people back with some bike racks. Are you fucking shitting me? Our production manager, our security team, took a look at it and said, ‘I cannot sign off on this’ – for the public’s safety.”
“Sadly, for Evanescence, their equipment was destroyed, but we’ve paid for that; we made sure that they were taken care of,” Taylor said. “And the risk of what could have been is actually less than what could have happened. I would rather lose thousands of dollars worth of equipment that can be replaced than have even one person get hurt. That was the most important thing.”
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