Corey Taylor Planning Socially Distanced Solo Tour

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) has revealed that he is planning to head out on a socially distanced solo tour. The trek will kick off in Las Vegas, NV “in the next couple of months.”

Taylor told 98 KUPD the following:

“[It will be a] short tour — probably about three weeks. Some of the places we’ll be doing two nights in one city. It’ll be completely social-distanced, which means there’ll be pods with space around it, and the only people allowed in the pod are the people who came with that group. [There will be] temp checks at the door, and you have to have proof of a negative test within 48 hours [of the show], or you won’t be let in at all.”

“So, I’m looking at ways to kind of get the cobs going — not only for myself but for people I care about. My crew needs work; my wife [Alicia Taylor, a professional dancer and a member of the all-girl dance group CHERRY BOMBS], her dancers, they wanna get back out there. So this is the test to see if we can start to kind of inch back towards reality with these in place — at least until the vaccine has had a chance to kind of do its thing.”

“The bulk of [the dates are] in the Midwest and then kind of working our way back to Vegas. It’ll be April-May. And we’re actually hammering the details out right now.”

He went on to say that artists need to find ways to return to the stage, while also prioritizing safety:

“The only way this happens is if we learn to do it. We have to get on with it. President Biden was talking about the fact that it’s a national emergency that there’s been no school — real school — and a real plan in place, because there was really nobody running the boat for God knows how long, and that’s been a national emergency. And a lot of people feel like that about what they do for a living. I’m not gonna put what I do as important as education. However, what I do is responsible for a lot of people’s livelihoods. And the faster I can find a way to get us all back doing that in a way that doesn’t endanger people, the better. Instead of just kind of using it as a crutch and waiting for it to go away… Guess what? This may never go away. We need to learn to adapt — we need to adapt and move on and find ways to do this. Like I said, once the vaccine’s had a chance to really kind of do its thing, we will really start to have those tentative steps back towards normalcy as best we can.”

Taylor also added that he is still optimistic about future large gatherings:

“This isn’t forever. I know a lot of doomsayers out there who are, like, ‘Oh, this is it.’ I’m, like, ‘Are you kidding me?’ You can’t even keep people from storming into the Super Bowl. You’re telling me that people are gonna stay behind closed doors forever? We can’t, as a species, do that. We cannot do that; we are not built for that. And people are going to encourage each other to find ways to get together and have fun. It’s just a matter of time. And the more positive we can be about it, the better it’s gonna be, man. Especially now that we have people who are actually looking around, going, ‘Okay, we’re not ignoring this. We’re not denying this. This isn’t a political thing. This is a safety thing. Let’s just get rid of that. And now, this is how we’re gonna reopen things. But we’re gonna get this going.’ And that should be encouraging people.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Rap In Moonshine Bandits’ “Live The Madness” Video

Moonshine Bandits have premiered a new video for “Live The Madness.“ The track, which features Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour), appears on the band’s latest album “Fire.”

Moonshine Bandits told Loudwire the following about the collaboration, which came about after Taylor’s wife Alicia and her dance group Cherry Bombs previously worked with the band on another video:

“We emailed the song over to Alicia and we told her that CT would be the perfect feature to have on this song. She showed it to Corey, and he loved it. Corey asked us, ‘What version of Corey do you want on the song (i.e. Stone Sour, acoustic Corey, metal Corey, rap Corey)?’ We responded that we wanted all the versions of Corey mixed into one. He crushed it!”

They also added:

“The concept behind ‘Live The Madness‘ is to live your life full throttle. Always be willing to take that risk and challenge yourself. Celebrate life to its fullest extent. We wanted this song to have an energy that encourages people that it’s ok to go out and raise a little hell.”

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor: “I Hate All New Rock For The Most Part”

During a recent appearance on “Cutter’s Rockcast,” Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) said that he isn’t too much of a fan of modern rock music. The frontman’s grievances stem from the lack of originality within the current generation of musicians.

Taylor said the following:

“I look at some of these bands that sound like this or sound like that or sound like the other guy, and it’s just, like, well, they obviously listened to two albums that have been out for a minute. But the ones that really frustrate me are the ones that they take something that’s been around forever and then just basically rework it and call it new — even though it’s completely derivative. You know the band they’re ripping off — they’re not even trying to rip off a bunch of bands; they’re ripping off one band. But the younger generation picks them up and says, ‘This is our blah blah blah,’ because they’re tired of old people telling them that the music that came before them was better. And I don’t know who’s right, but I know both are wrong, because we should be encouraging everything.”

He also added:

“I’m just as bad. I’m the worst old fogey dude shaking his cane ever. And I hate everything. I hate all new rock for the most part. I [hate] the artists who failed in one genre and decided to go rock — and I think he knows who he is. But that’s another story. I’m the worst. And I hate everything. And people are used to that with me, though. But I have also encouraged the younger generation to think past the boundaries of what we listen to. Do something that feels fresh; it may not have to sound fresh, but it’s gotta feel fresh. If it’s dead, then people are gonna treat it as dead, man.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Corey Taylor Has Written Five Movie Scripts

During a recent interview with Terrie Carr of 105.5 WDHA, Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) revealed that he has written five new movie scripts. Among them is a film titled “Zombie Versus Ninja,” which he is “shopping right now.”

Taylor said the following when asked if he would consider pursuing an acting career:

“I’ve done some movies. I’ve done a handful of them. Honestly, it’s something that would probably make more sense after I’m off the road, which, ironically, here we are. I’ve done a couple of things, and, obviously, with any script that I write, I’ll probably take a little, smaller role and kind of give it to myself. It’s definitely what I’m doing with the script that I’m shopping right now, which is called ‘Zombie Versus Ninja’, and it’s exactly what [the title] implies. And it’s rad. I’m shopping that right now with a group of people who have actually helped me kind of tighten the script up. They’ve got the contacts. We’re kind of doing that right now. But there’s a couple of roles in there that I’ll probably mess with. They’re not the main roles, but they’re just kind of tucked in the background, and people will go, ‘Oh. Hey.’ So it’s stuff like that that interests me.

Actually, I have no real interest in a big movie role. To me, the interesting part is writing the story. The interesting part, for me, is creating the world, and then watching people kind of make that world a reality. That’s what I wanna see.

I always said one of my goals was to see a movie through soup to nuts — from script to pre-pro to post to the screen.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Corey Taylor Preparing To Work On His Fifth Book

It looks like Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) is getting ready to work on another book. The frontman said the following about that during an appearance on the Talkulture Twitch channel:

“I haven’t really cracked the skin on it yet, but it’s definitely starting to ferment — it’s starting to solidify and become an idea. And it might not be released this year, but it will definitely be done this year. The last one took so much out of me that it really kind of left a bad taste in my mouth — it was just a lot of stress. And a lot of that could have been [due] to the living situation that I was in at the time with my previous relationship really kind of culminating to its end. But at the same time, it was exhausting making that book; it really messed me up. And it’s taken me a long time to kind of get back to a place where I feel pretty good mentally and positive about writing books again. So I’m starting to kind of hint that I might be ready to do that.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Corey Taylor Is “Toying With The Idea Of Writing A Musical”

It looks like Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) is considering the possibility of writing a musical. The frontman revealed that he has been “toying with the idea” during a recent appearance on the Talkulture Twitch channel.

Taylor said the following:

“[It would be] like a real musical; not [Monty Python’s] ‘Spamalot’ or anything like that. ‘Cause I’ve kind of gotten in the habit of doing concept albums, obviously, so I know how to tie a story together. And I’ve been toying with the idea of writing a musical based around the people who I spent a large amount of my 20s with in Des Moines [Iowa] — like my crew, and how we all found each other, how the misfits came together and found each other, and we kind of saved each other.

We all came from these crazy balls of emotional abuse and neglect and dealing with problems, but we didn’t know what the names of the problems were. The only thing that saved us was the fact that getting together made us feel like we weren’t alone. And it made us feel that if we had each other as support and as friends and as somebody to talk to, maybe we could work our way through it. And in that time, I was exposed to everything — so much new music, so much different music, so much new literature, movies. It was the catalyst for everything that I am now.

So it’s an idea that I’ve been kind of tinkering with. Because I’m a scatterbrain, I don’t know if I’ll ever get it done. But it’s definitely something that I feel definitely more passionate about now than I did about 10 years ago when I thought of it. And I’m actually getting more confident now in definitely my piano playing, which is what I would write it on. It would just be something like another passion project, just to see what would happen.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Corey Taylor Premieres “Samantha’s Gone” Video

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) has premiered a new video for his song “Samantha’s Gone.” The clip features various special guests including Tom Sandoval (“Vanderpump Rules”), Dean Cameron (“Summer School”, “Ski School”), Steel Panther, Greg Grunberg (“Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens”), and more. The track is from Taylor’s latest album “CMFT.” The frontman told Bravo‘s “The Daily Dish” the following:

“The video for ‘Samantha’s Gone‘ served two purposes: making fun of so-called ‘indie rock’ bands and getting all my friends together to hang out and have a good time. We all went back and forth between having fun and social distancing. Watching the first ‘band’ was great, then being fired from our OWN song in favor of Steel Panther was the icing on the cake – can’t wait for everyone to see it!”

Corey Taylor On Being Unable To Tour Amid The COVID-19 Pandemic: “I Never Thought In A Million Years I Would Miss The Curmudgeons In Slipknot”

During an interview with Kerrang!, Corey Taylor discussed what it has been like to be off the road for a lengthy period of time due to the coronavirus pandemic. The frontman said he misses being on tour with Slipknot and that he intends to get a COVID-19 vaccine and hopefully play some shows in 2021.

Taylor said the following:

“It’s crazy. I was just saying this a couple of days ago: I never thought in a million years I would miss the curmudgeons in Slipknot and being on the road with those growly pricks. [Laughs] But, man, it seems like a million years ago that we played those shows [in Europe earlier this year]. I can’t even remember that tour, that’s how long ago it was. I long for that, and I can’t wait to get back on the road with Slipknot and finish off that tour cycle when the time comes. Obviously, we don’t really know when that is, but with the decent news that the vaccines are looking promising, we have a very good chance to turn things around next year. Even though the winter is a little darker, maybe there’s some light at the end of the tunnel — we just need to get through this time and hopefully get back to normal next year. And I’m no anti-vaxxer, trust me! As soon as it’s ready, I’m taking one, and I don’t care what anybody says: I don’t wear tin foil hats, and I certainly didn’t vote for Trump, so I’m going to get a vaccine for this damn thing.”

He also added the following when asked how he has coped with the shutdown:

“I mean, it was weird… this is the longest I’ve been off the road for 20 years, and when it first started, I was like, ‘Okay, it’ll be six months at the most…’ But when it finally got into, ‘Okay, we’re getting into 2021 now and we’re not really sure what’s going on,’ it was daunting. The first month or two I was almost shifting down into normal life, because my brain is so hardwired to not get settled for months at a time. Normally I get home [from tour] and I have a good month, and then I’m back on the road again. It was interesting to feel that shift, and getting to that point of embracing domestic life. But, at the same time, this was all also the catalyst for doing the solo album the way I did, realizing that I had an opportunity to go in [to the studio] and bang it out real quick, and make something really awesome… I didn’t think it was going to have this sort of impact, which is rad. I was just excited to make it and see what would happen. The flipside of that coin, though, is that it made me miss touring even more because I want to play these songs, and play with these guys live. It was definitely a tease, let’s put it that way. But it was still a great way to do something cool and put something out for people, and they’ve really enjoyed it.”

Corey Taylor Premieres “Everybody Dies On My Birthday” Lyric Video, Teams Up With Menotti’s Coffee For Limited Edition “CMFT Private Blend”

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) has premiered a lyric video for his song “Everybody Dies On My Birthday.” You can check that out below and purchase a new shirt HERE. The track appears on Taylor’s debut solo album “CMFT.”

In other news, Taylor has also joined forces with Menotti’s Coffee to create his own limited edition coffee called “CMFT Private Blend.” You can purchase that HERE. Here’s a description of the beverage:

“Flavor Notes: Dark Chocolate, Full Body, Developed Sweetness

Friends that love a deeper roast flavor, with just a hint of excitement peeking around the corner ready to ride a Rainbow in the Dark.

We wanted to create something with Corey Taylor that gave you that same comfortable and cozy feeling you get from a really good cup of diner coffee after you’ve been riding on HWY 666.

Full bodied coffee so it is perfect for those of us who like their coffee “strong” or for those who love a little cream & sugar.

Origin: Brazil & Ethiopia

Variety: Bourbon / Heirloom

Elevation: 1100 – 1700 masl

Process: Various”

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor To Star In Halloween Horror Anthology “Bad Candy”

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) will be starring in a new Halloween horror anthology called “Bad Candy.” The film was written and directed by Scott Hansen and Desiree Connell and it will also feature Zach Galligan (“Gremlins”, “Waxwork”). A September 2021 release is expected.

Here’s a description of the anthology:

“‘Bad Candy’ follows local Halloween stories of both myth and lessons learned in the community of New Salem. With its annual Psychotronic FM Halloween show, re-enactment radio DJs Chilly Billy and Paul weave the tales of the supernatural of years gone by. In this small town it’s a grimy ending for most, but will a few good souls survive?”

Taylor also commented on the movie during an interview with FirstGlance Film Festivals [transcribed by Blabbermouth]:

“It’s a pretty cool little horror movie that has a linear story going through it, but it’s really kind of made up of different short stories — almost like a ‘Creepshow’ kind of format, which is pretty cool. It’s basically re-enactments of the stories that I’m actually telling on the radio, for the most part. It was a small-budget film done by some people who knew my manager, and who had worked with him before. And they asked if I wanted to be a part of it, and I was, like, ‘Yeah, of course. I’m totally down.'”

He also added:

“I’ve been a horror fan my whole life, and that’s reflected in the movies that I’ve been in, the music that I make, the bands that I’ve contributed to. So it was just one more thing for me to kind of try and stretch. Any time I get a little bit part like that, I’m always down to try new stuff.”

Taylor also discussed what it was like on set:

“I got to work with Zach Galligan, which was really rad. I was a big fan of his work when I was growing up, and getting to work with him and meet him, he’s just such a cool dude that it just made it easy. We were there for two full days really kind of mapping out and filming everything. And we just rolled with it, man. We just had as much fun as we could, just making fun of each other.”

This news comes after it was recently revealed that Taylor will also be appearing in another horror film called “Rucker (The Trucker).”