Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) On His New Solo Album: “The Overall Vibe Of This Album Is Fun”

During a recent appearance on Knotfest.com‘s “Mosh Talks With Beez,” Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) discussed his new solo album, which he recorded with guitarist Christian Martucci (Stone Sour), guitarist Zach Throne, bassist Jason Christopher (Prong), and drummer Dustin Schoenhofer (Walls Of Jericho). The effort was produced by Jay Ruston and Taylor says it will have a fun vibe.

Taylor said the following:

“It was something I was planning to do anyway next year when I got off the road with Slipknot, and, obviously, best-laid plans [were] just done and done [because of the coronavirus pandemic]. But I figured if this was the time to do it, why not try and do it. Me and my band quarantined. We social distanced for about two weeks, including our producer, Jay Ruston, who I worked with, and the people at the studio that I recorded at, which was Kevin Churko’s Hideout [Recording Studio in Las Vegas].

This was stuff that we had been working on for a while This was stuff that I had written as [recently] as the last Slipknot tour and as far back as… There’s a song on here that dates back to when I was in high school, so that tells you how long I’ve been sitting on a lot of this material. And it’s just stuff that I’ve kind of had floating around that didn’t really fit with either band. It just had different energy and a different vibe.

The more people asked me if I was ever gonna do a solo thing, I started going, ‘Well, I kind of know what it would sound like, because I’ve got all these songs that really don’t have a home anywhere else.’ And lo and behold, boom.

We went in, we recorded 98 to 99 percent of the music live in the studio. The only thing we overdubbed was vocals and piano and some acoustic. And we did 25 songs in two and a half weeks.”

He continued after being asked how many songs the final album will include:

“Thirteen. We did thirteen originals. We recorded seven covers, and then we did six acoustic versions of the originals that we put together. Or [maybe] it’s five. I can never keep that straight. Maybe it’s six [covers] and six [acoustic versions] — I can’t remember. All I know is that we did an insane amount of work in two and a half weeks — something that we thought was gonna take two months — and we destroyed it. We were doing a song a day. And we got done, and we were, like, ‘Eh, okay. What are we gonna do now?’ Everything has come together so quickly that it’s crazy.

It’s everything I wanted it to be. There’s some Slade in there, there’s some Johnny Cash, there’s some Alice In Chains. I mean, big choruses, fun rock, just huge solos — huge solos. It’s incredible. I, actually, two years ago, started teaching myself piano just so I can record this song that I wrote for my wife, and I was able to play it and record it. And it’s really good — it’s probably one of the best things I’ve ever written.”

He also added the following about hanging on to the track he wrote in high school:

“I’ve kept almost every notebook of ideas that I’ve had since I first started really writing songs — since I was about 15 or 16. So I’ve got stuff dating all the way back then, just sitting in boxes. And every once in a while, the grand hoarder that I am, I’ll start going through stuff thinking that I’m gonna throw it away, and I [say to myself], ‘I can’t throw that away ’cause maybe this is gonna be a song someday.’ And lo and behold, I kept finding this notebook that had the first verse — at least the first verse and the start of the second — of [a song that ended up on the record]. I always remembered how it would start, and I was, like, ‘Where would we go from there?’ And it was actually the first song that I really put together for this. I finished it finally — after 30 years, I finally finished this song. And it’s killer. There’s a riff in it that feels almost like Pantera in a way, but then there’s this overall vibe of The Charlie Daniels Band, which is really, really cool. So it’s a mover, man, and it’s really, really good.”

Taylor also had the following to say when asked if he has chosen the first single yet:

“Actually, there’s two — there’s two songs that we’re gonna release first. The overall vibe of this album is fun — it is party. You put this on when you wanna feel good. So there are actually two songs that we’re thinking about releasing at the same time. There’s one that is the overall crusher single — really great, huge chorus, big vibe. And then there’s another one that is just as fun on the completely other end of the spectrum that people are gonna hear and they are going to lose their minds.

The way I’ve been looking at it is it’s like a futuristic throwback. Everything on this album is a hybrid of all these different genres that I’m really into. It’s a modern take on vibes that people have heard before, and yet I’ve taken them and kind of thrown them through this crazy filter to see what we get. Everybody who hears it is just blown away, so I’m really, really stoked.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Pens Foreword For New Book On 1980s Hard Rock And Hair Metal “Nothin’ But A Good Time”

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) has written the foreword to a new book titled “Nothin’ But A Good Time.” The effort, which focuses on the history of 1980s hard rock and hair metal, will be released on March 16, 2021 via St. Martin’s Press.

The following description of the book was shared on Amazon:

“1980s hard rock was a hedonistic and often intensely creative wellspring of escapism that perfectly encapsulated―and maybe even helped to define―a spectacularly over-the-top decade. Indeed, fist-pumping hits like Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” Mötley Crüe’s “Girls, Girls, Girls,” and Guns N’ Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle” are as inextricably linked to the era as Reaganomics, Pac-Man, and E.T.

From the do-or-die early days of self-financed recordings and D.I.Y. concert productions that were as flashy as they were foolhardy, to the multi-Platinum, MTV-powered glory years of stadium-shaking anthems and chart-topping power ballads, to the ultimate crash when grunge bands like Nirvana forever altered the entire climate of the business, Nothin’ But a Good Time captures the energy and excess of the hair metal years in the words of the musicians, managers, producers, engineers, label executives, publicists, stylists, costume designers, photographers, journalists, magazine publishers, video directors, club bookers, roadies, groupies, and hangers-on who lived it.

Featuring an impassioned foreword by Slipknot and Stone Sour vocalist and avowed glam metal fanatic Corey Taylor, and drawn from over 200 new interviews with members of Van Halen, Mötley Crüe, Poison, Guns N’ Roses, Skid Row, Bon Jovi, Ratt, Twisted Sister, Winger, Warrant, Cinderella, Quiet Riot and others, as well as Ozzy Osbourne, Lita Ford and many more, this is the ultimate, uncensored, and often unhinged chronicle of a time where excess and success walked hand in hand, told by the men and women who created a sound and style that came to define a musical era―one in which the bands and their fans went looking for nothin’ but a good time…and found it.”

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) Says His Solo Album Will Include A Song He’s Been Working On Since High School

During an interview with SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation,” Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) discussed his upcoming solo album, which he finished during the ongoing quarantine. Notably, the frontman mentioned that it will include a track that he’s been working on since high school.

Taylor said the following about the new record:

“It’s been a long time coming. It was something that 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 already have two bands. What more do I want? But then it just kept coming up, and then I just kept thinking about it, like, what would a solo album sound like? And that’s when I started really looking into my bag, and it was just, like, I’ve got all these songs that I’ve written that didn’t fit with either band. And that’s kind of what started this. I was gonna 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 or jammed with or played with that I knew exactly how it would sound with them on it. And we just did it right. Honestly, we all quarantined for two weeks, including the people in the studio that 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. And we did 25 songs in two and a half weeks. It was insane.”

He continued after being asked how long he has been sitting on the material:

“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 some times where it’s just, like, ‘You know what? I don’t even know where this fits. This has got like a SWEET/SLADE vibe that doesn’t really fit with either band.’ I tried giving them to other bands, and some bands, it just didn’t fit their vibe, and other bands, they’re a little more just not into outside material. So I just have a surplus of songs, and it was just, like, ‘All right, I guess I’m just gonna use it.’

A lot of this stuff is as new as I’ve written it in the last year or so, and some of the 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. It’s a long, long, long time coming, and really maybe it was one of those things where it took years of working and honing my craft to have, I guess, the confidence to be able to complete that song. So, yeah, this is a long, long time of waiting and piecing it together, and it feel awesome.”

He also added the following when asked if he will tour in support of the album:

“Absolutely, man. We definitely wanna do some solo shows. Because everything is so tentative now — everybody is so scared to book anything yet [due to the coronavirus pandemic]. But if it comes down to it and people wanna take a chance and do a one-off or something, that’s what we’re kind of looking at right now. But, obviously, I still have commitments to SLIPKNOT when everything kind of finally lurches back into place, so this will, obviously, kind of be put on hold again until after all those commitments are done, and then I’m gonna go on a full-on solo tour and do everything I can to promote that again.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) Finished Recording His New Solo Album During Quarantine

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) has finished recording his new solo album. The frontman confirmed the news during an appearance on Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale’s “Raise Your Horns With Lzzy Hale.”

Taylor said the following:

“I secretly recorded my first solo album. I did with the band I’ve been using for my solo shows for years, and just a bunch of people that I’ve been working with forever. So it’s Jason [Christopher on bass], Dustin [Schoenhofer] on drums, from WALLS OF JERICHO and countless other things, and [guitarist] Zach Throne, who I’ve been jamming with for a long time, and Tooch [guitarist Christian Martucci], actually, from STONE SOUR. All five of us did it. We went in and we recorded 25 songs in about two and a half weeks, and we did everything live. And it’s dope — really, really cool.”

He continued:

“All the songs are things that I’ve written over the years but they didn’t really fit with either band. So it’s stuff that I’ve just kind of been sitting on. And I realized — I just kind of turned around and I was just, like, ‘Geez, I’ve got all these songs.’ And I’ve been kind of talking about doing a solo album anyway, and I was just, like, ‘This is the perfect time to do it.’ And picking those guys was the perfect combo, ’cause we all just love the same kinds of music — the same kinds of rock, the same kinds of punk, the same kinds of metal, the same kinds of everything — and we all were able to incorporate those influences into everything.”

He also added:

“It’s been really hard to not talk about. But we’re really stoked. And the label didn’t throw up when they heard it.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) To Be Featured In ’80s Sci-Fi Documentary “In Search Of Tomorrow”

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) will be featured in a new ’80s sci-fi documentary called “In Search Of Tomorrow.” The film, which is being funded on Kickstarter, will give fans a “chance to immerse [themselves] in the world and mythos of ’80s science fiction.”

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) Raised $150,000 For Healthcare Workers During His Recent Charity Auction

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) recently auctioned off 13 signed guitars to raise money for Direct Relief‘s COVID-19 response efforts. The auction ended up raising $75,000, which eBay For Charity matched to give the organization a donation of $150,000.

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) Auctioning Off Guitars For COVID-19 Relief

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) has launched a guitar auction on eBay to raise money for Direct Relief’s COVID-19 response efforts. The auction features 13 different guitars and it will last until May 7 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. eBay will match the donation for up to $1 million.

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) And His Wife Alicia Planning To Launch Plant-Based Taco Truck Business

It was previously revealed that Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) and his wife Alicia Taylor (Cherry Bombs) were working on a new project together and now we have some more information on the venture. During a recent interview with Rock Feed, the couple revealed that they are planning to launch a plant-based taco truck business.

Corey said the following about the project, which is currently delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic:

“It was basically a [plant-based] taco food truck. We can’t say vegan. ‘Cause there will be some dairy in there, some stuff in there. But the main focus was flavor, not just content. ‘Cause when people talk about vegan, they can become very pretentious… This was a way for us to combine [our love of food] with a healthier [lifestyle].”

Alicia added:

“Because a lot of people don’t know this — we went plant-based in August [or] September, and we saw the benefits immediately.”

Corey agreed:

“My cholesterol dropped, like, 80 points… I was even trying to eat better, and yet my cholesterol wasn’t going anywhere. And as soon as I [went plant-based], [the change in my cholesterol level was immediate]. It was pretty rad.”

Alicia then continued:

“And we don’t wanna be super annoying about it, ’cause that can turn a lot of people off. It was just kind of a choice we made for us.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Thinks “We’re Gonna See A Real Renaissance And Explosion Of Live Entertainment” Once The Pandemic Is Over

During a recent interview with Rock Feed, Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) discussed the impact that the coronavirus pandemic has had on live music. Despite how bleak things look right now, the frontman said he thinks “we’re gonna see a real renaissance and explosion of live entertainment” when the crisis finally comes to an end.

Taylor said the following when asked how he sees live shows returning:

“It all depends on how we open this back up. You almost have to attribute it to the way that casinos are opened after — they do what’s called a soft opening, which is basically they open it before the grand opening and people wander through. It’s not packed, it’s not huge — you’re basically just seeing what people are going to be into and see if they’re into what’s being provided. That’s basically what they’re gonna do with this industry — there’s gonna be a soft opening; there are gonna be a handful of acts that go out there. They are gonna be the litmus test to see what the world is ready for.”

“It’ll probably be in smaller venues — ’cause people are gonna be fucking scared, man. Or maybe outdoor venues, where people don’t feel like they’re confined, they don’t feel like they’re too stuck together. There’s gonna be a sense of paranoia for a while — even after there’s a fucking medicine developed, or a vaccine. So it’s gonna take time. There is gonna be some acts that have to fall on the sword. If we do it right and we build that enthusiasm, probably within a year, maybe a year and a half, we’ll see the same enthusiasm for live shows that we did before. ‘Cause I think once people realize that everything is okay, people are gonna realize that they take for granted the fact that they haven’t been to a live show in a long time, and the live concert experience will be something that people come back to. They’ll be tired of watching it on YouTube, tired of watching it on their phone — they’ll want to be in the experience. So I think we’re gonna see a real renaissance and explosion of live entertainment. It’s gonna be great for us.”

He also added the following when asked if Slipknot would ever consider playing in a smaller venue once the pandemic subsides:

“I don’t know — maybe. It helps when it’s a room that long where we can get all of our crap in. That’s the problem — we’ve got so much crap now that we’d have to go back to Guitar Center and start finding shit that we can fuckin’… Like, ‘Clown, you take that kit and just Frankenstein it. We’ll just put it in there. No, you can’t shit on it.’ It’d be funny; it’d be insane.

We’ve actually talked about doing something like that for years — doing a throwback show, and doing a throwback show in a way where we wear the old gear as well. But that’s… I mean, I don’t know. That’s few and far between. We’d have to make sure that we could do it in a safe way, obviously. Not just from a coronavirus fucking standpoint. I mean, that would be insanity, dude. But we’ll see. It would be insane.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) And His Wife Alicia Are “Working On A Completely New Project Together”

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) and his wife Alicia are working on a new project together. Alicia revealed the news on Twitter: