Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has opened up about the band’s early days, recalling how the group once opened for a jazz band in their hometown.

If there’s one thing that just about every musician has to experience, it’s the trial of performing before an audience who doesn’t really “get” you.

Why, we’ve heard how the likes of Keanu Reeves’ band Dogstar once performed for a metal festival crowd, only to receive widespread hate after dishing out a Grateful Dead cover.

However, it seems as though even some of the world’s biggest names aren’t immune to divided audiences earlier in their career, with Corey Taylor of Slipknot recalling how the group once supported a jazz outfit.

Speaking to BBC Radio 1’s Daniel P Carter recently (via NME), Taylor revealed how the intriguing gig took place in their hometown of Des Moines, Iowa.

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“It was a gig-trade because Clown owned a bar in Des Moines,” he explained. “They all, like, stared at us like we had shit in our hands and had thrown it at them. They were so stunned with the madness.