Slipknot leader Corey Taylor was a guest on the Eddie Trunk show today, June 3, 2020 on his Sirius XM radio show. Here are a few interesting quotes from the interview:
When Trunk Asked Corey about whether or not he regretted not joining Velvet Revolver or Anthrax:
Taylor: “No, not at all. I mean, obviously, I would have totally done the Anthrax thing if the record label hadn’t gotten involved. They basically shut that down. I was actually leaving that day to go to Chicago to rehearse with Scott (Ian) and Charlie (Benante) to work on music and they (Roadrunner Records) shut that down because they wanted another Slipknot record. That was when I was, I don’t want to say forced, but I was kinda of brow beat into going in for “All Hope Is Gone”. We had worked on a lot of stuff that ended up appearing on “Worship Music” and to this day I listen to it and there are moments where I listen to the music and I hear things that I wrote vocally that would have been cool, but, at the same time I am very, very supportive of the fact that they got Joey (Belladonna) back because to me that is Anthrax. Even the stuff that they did with John (Bush) was really good but it just felt like, if it was going to happen it would have happened.
And as far as the Velvet Revolver thing goes, I was totally into doing that and it seemed like there was more going on there than meets the eye, I don’t even know if that was going to happen. Had it have moved forward I don’t know if I would have been the dude to keep that band together. It’s one of those things that, it was cool to be a part of for a second, it was cool to be considered for but at the end of the day I am exactly where I was meant to be. I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be and all of those guys are my friends. Honestly, that’s all that matters to me.
On the topic of Stone Sour:
Taylor: It’s kind of on the back burner right now, we all kind of felt like we did exactly what we wanted to do on “Hydrograd” and we are just giving it a minute. I talked to the guys in the band about the solo thing and what I wanted to do and they were all totally onboard with it and everybody else has got things going on so they are all cool. Josh is working on a solo thing of his own which is great, so yeah, Stone Sour is kind of on hiatus right now which is fine. We are all pretty cool and some day if we want to get back together and do some stuff it will be bigger than it was so right now we are all kind of focused on kind of doing our own thing but you never say never in this business.
On the topic of the current pandemic:
Taylor: You get into month three and it’s like, ok, now what, I’m concerned about health but at the same time it’s like, at some point, somebodies gonna have to take the plunge, somebodies gonna have to figure it out and it seems like more people are getting concerned about getting back into life than they are about the dangers of the pandemic, and then obviously with the last week (The riots) it’s been insane everywhere. It’s just a crazy world we find ourselves in right now.
On the topic of his new solo record:
Taylor: It’s been a long time coming, obviously, it was something that, the people have been asking me to do for years and it was something that I always kind of put off because how greedy can somebody be? I’ve already got two bands, what more do I want? But then, like it just kept coming up and I just kept thinking about it and it was like, what would a solo album sound like? That’s really when I started to look into my bag and I was like, I’ve got all of these songs that I’ve written that didn’t fit with either bands (Slipknot or Stone Sour)and that’s kind of what started this, ya know, I was going to do this next year but then obviously everything shut down so it kind of afforded me the time to really go in and really concentrate on it and work with the people that I wanted to work with, friends of mine for 15 plus years, people who I’ve made music with, jammed with, I’ve played with, I knew exactly how it would sound with them on it and we just did it right and we all quarantined for two weeks including the people in the studio where we worked at and made sure that we had no contact with anybody else, no outside people, and we just all went in and did it together. We did 25 songs in 2 and 1/2 weeks. It was insane.
I’m always writing and it’s kind of all over the page sometimes. Sometimes it’s a risky move with both bands that I’m willing to take and then there’s sometimes where it’s like, you know what, I don’t even know where this fits. Like, This has a Sweet/Slade vibe that doesn’t really fit with either band so I just kind of sit on those party tunes and I tried giving them to other bands and stuff and with some bands it just didn’t fit their vibe and in other bands they are just not into outside material so I just had a surplus of songs and I was like, alright, I guess I’m just going to use them. A lot of this stuff is as new as I’ve written it in the last year or so and some of this stuff is as old as, I mean the first song on the album is a song that I’ve been working on since I was in high school, let’s put it that way, so this is a long, long, long time coming. It was one of those things where it took maybe years of working and honing my craft to have the confidence to be able to complete that song, so yeah, it’s just a long, long time of waiting and piecing it together and it just feels awesome.
On The subject of doing a Corey Taylor solo tour:
Taylor: Absolutely man, I mean we definitely want to do some solo shows and try and find a way because it’s so, everything is so tentative now, everybody is so, they are so scared to book anything yet but if it comes down to it and people want to take a chance and do a one off or something that’s what we are kinda looking at right now. Obviously I still have commitments to Slipknot when everything finally lurches back into place so this will obviously be put on hold again until after all of those commitments are done and then I’m gonna go full on, like full on solo tour and do everything I can to promote that again.
On the topic of the Slipknot tour:
Taylor: This whole year was booked and some stuff that had not necessarily been announced. We had 2 shed tours, we hadn’t even announced the second leg of it which was going to be later on in the Fall. So, right now we basically moved everything back until next year. Everything is basically being picked up and moved to the same time next year (2021) because we are not cancelling, we are just postponing. Once everything kind of settles down and everybody’s able to catch their breathe and everybody feels good and hopefully there’s been some progress made as far as like a vaccine and what not, once the tentative fear goes away everyone’s going to be barking to go to shows and that’s when we are going to be ready to go back out again. We’ve just moved everything to next year.
We are definitely going to finish up the tour cycle and make sure that, right up to the point where we had to pull the dates everybody was still like, are you still coming? And even though everything was kind of locked down everybody was still really kind of excited for us to come and it was just like, I mean, if it didn’t make any sense we were not going to do it, so it just made more sense for us to postpone everything until next year and honor the tickets that we already have out there and give people something to look forward to next year.