I recently had the absolute pleasure of chatting with another of my all time heroes, one of the leading names in Death metal for around twenty years and one of the most attention stealing front men in history, Corey Taylor from Slipknot. Amidst a 2016 tour with the iconic heavy metal outfit, the Iowa native appears to be in the middle of a transitional point in his life and between quitting smoking, having surgery on a mystery broken neck and becoming the new king of Twitter he took time out to have a quick catch up with yours truly…
Stuart: So where in the world are you right now?
Corey: I’m currently on a day off in NYC.
Stuart: Congratulations on quitting smoking. How long’s it been and how’s it treating you?
Corey: It’s been over two months now. It’s been one of the best decisions I ever made.
Stuart: You’ve also just undergone surgery to fix a broken neck that you didn’t realise you had… How on earth did that happen?
Corey: Well that’s the question isn’t it? Hahaha. The only thing I can think of is when I fell off a stage in 1999. I landed hard on top of my head. Over the years I just ignored the damage until it came back to bite me in the ass.
Stuart: It’s been over twenty years, five studio albums, live albums, festival headline slots and everything else you can imagine. What’s next for Slipknot?
Corey: Slipknot is touring until the end of the year and then it’s time for a well deserved rest.
Stuart: We’ve not had a Stone Sour album for three years. Anything in the pipeline?
Corey: OH YEAH!! We’ve got eighteen of the best songs we’ve ever written already demoed. We go in the studio in January/February and get the album out around the Summer. It’s going to RULE!
Stuart: As well as being one of the biggest front men in metal on the planet, an established actor and an author, you’ve now taken to the role of DJ as part of the Beats1 line up. How’s that going and how’d it come about?
Corey: I was asked to do it and thought it seemed like a cool idea, so nothing really crazy there haha. It’s going great though. I talk for an hour, write out a list of songs to play and they put it all together.
Stuart: Any other roles you’d like to cover? TV chef? Game show host?
Corey: I’m threatening to pursue a role as ‘Celebrity best friend’ on a shitty reality show…
Stuart: Are there any big names in the metal scene that the world should be watching, or do you have any tips for bands to check out?
Corey: Of Mice & Men. Their new album is great!
Stuart: If there are bands you love, there must be some you can’t stand. Anyone out there you really can’t deal with at the minute?
Corey: Oh man, there are TONS! But I decided a long time ago not to give them free press haha.
Stuart: You’ve certainly played with a lot of other bands/artists, featuring on tracks by the likes of Soulfly, Biohazard, Damageplan, Travis Barker, & loads more. Do you have a favourite you’ve worked with?
Corey: My favourites to work with are always the ones that want to do something a little different. Repeating yourself is so boring it’s painful!
Stuart: Last year, we saw you get into an altercation at an NXT live event with WWE superstar Baron Corbin. Any chance we’ll see the rivalry pick up again or should we just assume you’d have kicked his ass?
Corey: Hahaha, at my age, I’m lucky to have got that slap in there. Bucket list – check. That’s the end of my WWE career haha.