Watch Korn and Slipknot Cover Beastie Boys’ ‘Sabotage’ in London
The Prepare for Hell tourmates team up onstage for a heavy rendition of the ‘Ill Communication’ classic
KornÂ andÂ SlipknotÂ kicked off the European leg of their joint Prepare for Hell tour earlier this month in Dublin, Ireland. While Korn’s setlists hadn’t changed over the first week of the leg ”“ in fact, their setlists have remained uniform for the entirety of the tour ”“ Jonathan Davis and company mixed things up for the band’s performance at London’s legendary Wembley Arena by covering theÂ Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” alongside Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, who joined Korn on vocals for their heavy rendition of the Beasties classic.
Prior to the Wembley show, Korn’s InstagramÂ hintedÂ that the band and Slipknot were “maybe doing a cover tonight in London” by posting a photo of the two bands performing together in soundcheck. After the concert, KornÂ announcedÂ on Twitter they planned to release video of their entire “Sabotage.” They also linked toÂ “a little teaser”Â of that video, which shows the performance from the perspective of a Go-Pro camera that hovered over the band and the crowd.
The “Sabotage” cover marked the first time either band tackled theÂ Ill CommunicationÂ single onstage. It’s unclear why Korn opted to perform that song other than the “Sabotage” single arrived around the same time Korn wasÂ recording their influential self-titled debut album.
Slipknot are currently on the road in support of their devastating new LPÂ .5: The Gray Chapter, one ofÂ Rolling Stone’sÂ 20 Best Metal Albums of 2014. “I don’t think I’ve ever been this honest,” TaylorÂ toldÂ Rolling StoneÂ of the album, which was inspired by the death of band member Paul Gray. “I don’t think I’ve ever been this introspective or focused. I was trying to show that just when you think the hardest part is losing someone, it’s sometimes even harder to move forward.”