Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour (Stone Sour is soooo much better than Slipknot) spoke with Billboard recently on Slipknot’s 10th anniversary and tour and his upcoming solo album. Unfortunately, this means that Stone Sour might be over, if not taking a veryyy long break. I swear Corey Taylor’s like Maynard James Keenan.. except that he’s not weird as ****. I once met Maynard after an A Perfect Circle show in Massachusetts and he was such a dick and insisted on being called “Mr. Keenan”. Then he tried to get two of my female friends to go with him down to their next show.. in Asbury Park, NJ .. yeah I know. I’m from Jersey and I hate going to Asbury Park. Billy Howardell, on the contrary, was totally cool and talked to us about Tapeworm (Maynard and Trent Reznor’s side project) and how Reznor was pissed at Maynard because APC was playing “Vacant” (unfinished Tapeworm track) on this tour. “Vacant” sounded awesome and would later be released by A Perfect Circle as “Passive”. But I digress.. read below the whole Corey Taylor piece:
“I know I have this album that I need to make,” Taylor tells Billboard.com, “and I’m the kind of guy that if I can’t get that done then it’s going to hold me back from all this other stuff I want to do. I just know I’ve got to make it or I can’t branch out.”
He adds that there are “a lot of songs I’ve written that don’t fit with either band, really” and describes the material as “kind of a cross between the Foo Fighters and Social D, with some Johnny Cash mixed in.” Country will be part of the mix — “Obviously there’s a country background that comes built-in with living in Iowa,” Taylor notes — but he also promises that “there’s a lot of upbeat, just flat-out hard rock tunes.”
“I’ve never let myself get painted into a corner,” Taylor explains. “I’ve refused to accept the fact that I can’t make any kind of music I want. I think it took people a minute to understand that, but now I’m at a point where I can do anything and people will take it seriously.”
But until September, when Slipknot is scheduled to finish touring, Taylor says he’s seriously committed to the group, which is continuing to tour in support of its fourth album, last year’s “All Hope Is Gone.”
The nine-piece group plans to tour the U.S., Canada and the European festival circuit with a show Taylor says is “getting away from the pyro and way more visual, video-oriented this time.”
And, he acknowledges, it feels good to have a 10-year anniversary to mark. “It’s funny because I’ve seen so many next-bit-things come and go in the last 10 years, and I look around and go, ‘Wow, we’re still here.’ Ever time we’ve put an album out people would write us off, but … we just kept getting bigger and bigger and bigger,” he says.
“It not only proves so many people were wrong but that we were right,” he continues. “My dream wasn’t just to make it but it was to stay here and be able to do whatever we want to do, which is just how it’s worked out.”