2021 was a bit of a dumpster fire for the music industry in many ways, but there was also a lot of upsides, from incredible albums and singles through to the announcement of brand new festivals and the offering up of unique merch offerings the world's of rock and metal did their best to adjust to this strange new reality.
Amidst all of the chaos and confusion of the year, things often also got a little feisty, as the absence of shows lead to a lot of musicians spending a lot of time on social media and a lot of musicians using that time on social media to take shots at each other, igniting feuds that kept us all entertained as we were all locked down for months on end. In celebration of the drama that you all seemed to love to hate and hate to love, we have put together this list of the five fiercest feuds from a fired-up year in rock and metal.
Corey Taylor vs Machine Gun Kelly
Without question, our Maniacs favourite feud of the year was the epic sage of Corey Taylor vs Machine Gun Kelly. The feud started out of nowhere when during his set at RiotFest MGK bagged out Slipknot, unprovoked, in an outburst which you can see below.
This of course caught the ire of Slipknot fans and inevitably Corey Taylor himself, and the feud took on a life all of its own, resulting in everyone from Matt Heafy to the dude from fucking Seether coming to Taylor's aid, leaving 'Squirt Gun Smelly' looking a little silly. We aren't sure whether this one is finished or not, but we are damn sure we'd love to see an episode of Celebrity Deathmatch based on it.
Watch the video for Slipknot's The Chapeltown Rag below.
Matt Heafy vs Machine Gun Kelly
This one is a continuation of the Slipknot feud but it deserves its own inclusion because Trivium's Matt Heafy's Tweetstorm gave us all the brilliantly fitting nickname for MGK of Squirt Gun Smelly.
Enjoy it in all of its glory.
I’d like to formally diss Machine Gun Kelly for “being 31 years old wearing a fucking 16 year old pop punk cosplay identity on a fucking stage”
— Matthew kiichichaos Heafy (@matthewkheafy) September 26, 2021
— Matthew kiichichaos Heafy (@matthewkheafy) September 26, 2021
Watch the video for Trivium In The Court Of The Dragon below.
Dee Snider vs Jon Schaffer
Twisted Sister's Dee Snider is a delightfully and loudly opinionated guy and he continued being exactly that in 2021, putting Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer on blast, following his involvement in the Capitol Hill Attack. Snider went boldly on the attack calling Schaffer a "piece of shit" and an "embarrassment to the metal community" in a series of inflammatory Tweets that saw him trend globally and receive pretty widespread support from metalheads across the globe. You can see the Tweets below.
Schaffer of course has bigger things to worry about now, having plead guilty to two charges resulting from the riot.
THIS PIECE OF SHIT IS AN EMBARRASSMENT TO THE METAL COMMUNITY! First he shames us with his terrorist actions on in DC, and THEN he becomes a rat to his own people for a lighter sentence! MAN THE FUCK UP! Own your shit! If you do the crime, do the time!https://t.co/jTo6EFVSDN
— Dee Snider🇺🇸 (@deesnider) April 18, 2021
Watch the video for Twisted Sister's We're Not Gonna Take It below.
Staind's Aaron Lewis vs Bruce Springsteen
It's probably been a while since the metal world had thought all that much about Staind's frontman Aaron Lewis but in 2021 we were all forced to, courtesy of him calling out freakin' Bruce Springsteen in a song called Am I The Only One, which you can watch below. Springsteen never clapped back, because well, he's Springsteen and was probably pretty busy selling his back catalogue for $500 million, but this didn't stop the internet from going a little crazy over the whole thing, thus making it worthy of inclusion here.
Iron Maiden Loving School Principal vs Concerned Parents
'Concerned parents' launched a petition to have a teacher transferred from their children's high school because of her Iron Maiden fandom. In the most '80s of stories to emerge in 2021, the Eden High School principal Sharon Burns earned the considerable wrath of the St. Catherines, Ontario school's concerned parents. The source of their consternation? The 'satanic imagery' that is present in her personal social media posts about heavy metal, most notably her posts about Iron Maiden. The petition which went on to fail (metal 1, parents 0), was raised due to an objection to the satanic imagery associated with the band and nature of their lyrical content and the fact that the teacher displayed her fandom publicly, on school grounds, not that she was a fan of the band in general. Something they went to great odds to point out in the petition.
"As concerned parents with impressionable children at Eden High School in St. Catharines, Ontario, we are deeply disturbed that the principal assigned to the school blatantly showed Satanic symbols and her allegiance to Satanic practices on her public social media platforms where all the students can see them."
Our school is based on inclusion, and openly displaying Satanic symbols (on a public social media platform) that directly goes against the principles of the vast majority of families who represent the school, is not inclusive. As a result, some parents have come together to argue that she should be transferred to another school, and be replaced by someone who "aligns with the values of the families at Eden."
Please Note: This petition is not about Sharon Burns’ love for Iron Maiden. At no point has it ever been. This petition is about a principal of a school openly displaying her own handmade sign with the 666 clearly displayed on it which she knows full well what that Satanic symbol means to the vast majority of families in her school and she put it on a professional, public account on social media, not a private one, which she very easily could have done. If she had not posted a picture of her own handmade 666 sign, this petition would not exist. Nobody cares what band she likes and this is not about her choice in what she listens to. That would be petty and nonsensical."
The school's verdict seemed to be that the petition itself was petty and nonsensical, coz Ms Burns continued on teaching, hopefully educating the kids on the number of the beast, in the process. See a picture of the legend herself below.
Watch the video for Iron Maiden - Stratego below
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