Slipknot have announced that the 2017 Knotfest Mexico will take place at The Foro Pegaso in Toluca, Mexico on October 28. Stat tuned for lineup announcements.
Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) recently went visit a fan named Aaron Foley in the hospital. Foley, who was left paralyzed after a car accident, had met the vocalist a few times before, but it was still a special meeting for him.
Foley‘s stepfather commented:
“On May 15, 2017, My Stepson Aaron answered a call from a friend who had lost control of his Motorcycle because a car ran him off the road. Aaron and several other friends rushed to help a friend in need. After safely getting his friend in a car to transport him to the hospital, Aaron crossed the road. He had waited for a car to pass, looked both ways after and proceeded to cross the street. That is when a Pickup truck sped past several cars on the shoulders of the road with hazard lights on and struck Aaron.
The accident Fractured all the Ribs on the Left Side, and 3 Ribs on the Right, Burst Both his Lungs, Lacerated his Liver, Road Rash all over his body, and he has had Spinal Surgery to Stabilize his back as he is Paralyzed from the Waist Down.
Aaron is progressing each day with the help of a determination, perseverance, and all around great attitude. He works with Physical and Occupational Therapy 6 days a week to get stronger and learn skills needed to adapt to his needs in a wheelchair.
Aaron has always been a huge Corey Taylor fan whether it be with Slipknot, Stone Sour, and other endeavors. He had been lucky enough to meet Corey Taylor 3 times prior, the latest being in Stone Sours Video for the song “Fabuless”
Aaron’s Mom with the help of many people at Rock 105.3 here in San Diego, reached out to Corey and setup a personal visit to Aaron at the hospital.
We can’t thank Corey Taylor enough to take time out of his busy day on tour with Stone Sour to visit Aaron. And we would also like to thank the Crew and Management at Rock 105.3 for helping set this up and helping contact Corey to make it all come together.
We thank everyone for their support, and if you would like to contribute to Aaron’s GoFundMe, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/Help-Aaron-Back-On-His-Feet-Again
Slipknot have posted a teaser clip of “Vermilion” from their upcoming “Day Of The Gusano” documentary. That effort was filmed at the 2015 Knotfest Mexico, and it will hit theaters on September 6.
Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) recently chatted with Rolling Stone about his new book “America 51: A Probe into the Realities That Are Hiding Inside The Greatest Country In The World” and the conversation started to veer towards politics due to themes in the book. You can see some of his thoughts on the current administration below.
Taylor on Trump:
“It’s really fucking unfortunate how bad we have just fucked ourselves into an embarrassing … Did you see what he did with the members of the U.N.? Did you see him shove the dude? I’m like, ‘Ugh, you petty, petulant cunt. Would you just fucking get impeached already?’
It is embarrassing that he is the ‘leader of the free world. I will never give him the qualification for that shit. He can’t go away fast enough. And I think people are really starting to see that. His approval rating is at 39 percent in a lot of places. Was there a reason you wiped your ass with your fucking vote, you bunch of dickheads? Good for you.”
He also added:
“…A lot of it has to do with the culture divide. We’re on so many different pages socially, we’ve given to extremes. Why can’t we come to the center, where most of us are, and be able to talk? Instead, we put our backs against the wall and scream at each other. The book is me standing in the middle going, ‘You’re all fucked. If you could get a little closer to each other, you’d not only see that you could talk instead of yell, you’d have more in common than you realize. Until that moment happens, it’s gonna be a fucking nightmare.’”
Taylor, who was a Bernie Sanders supporter, also talked about people not giving Hillary Clinton a chance:
“Why does it have to be so fucking divisive? It’s one of the reasons why Hillary‘s campaign shot itself in the foot. Never mind the fact that people just didn’t like her for no real good reason. With the nightmare that we have going on right now, Hillary would be like a fucking godsend, and nobody wants to fucking admit that. They want to talk about her e-mails and Benghazi, all this fucking bullshit. It’s like, ‘Dude, shove that shit straight up your fucking dumbass. Are you kidding?’”
He also added the following about his personal political views:
“I am a socially liberal and yet fiscally conservative guy, so I can hang with almost everybody. I think if you ask people that, they will absolutely be right on that center line, whether it’s the socially liberal or the fiscally conservative. People agree with all of that.
But it’s only when the politicians themselves start whipping frenzies up and trying to get the base all knocked up on fervor that people stop listening to their inner dialogue, or listening to their common sense, and they immediately lock into that battle. It’s such bullshit. If we all were talking to each other instead of listening to that bullshit in the first place, we would be able to take the power away from them and put it back where it belongs.”
You can read more at Rollingstone.com and pick up “America 51: A Probe into the Realities That Are Hiding Inside The Greatest Country In The World” on August 8.
Slipknot have announced that they will be releasing a new documentary/live film called “Slipknot: Day Of The Gusano.” The film will hit theaters for one night only on September 6, with more info set to be posted HERE. The movie will focus on the band’s performance at the 2015 Knotfest Mexico, and the fans who were in attendance.
M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan said the following:
“Slipknot still has dreams for itself. Finally playing Mexico was one of them. It’s been a surreal life of rock and roll for Slipknot and the fact that the dreams still go on for us is simply incredible. Thank you.”
Jim Root added:
“We had such a great time at Knotfest Mexico… Not only with all the friends and bands that were there, but with the fans and the crowd we had to document it with. Now we get to share it with the world.”
Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) a recently guested on Viceland‘s “The Therapist” to discuss his pass traumas, including sexual abuse he suffered at a young age. Now, in a new interview with Revolver, he has offered an explanation as to why he chose to open up about all that.
Here’s Taylor’s statement:
“…There’s an unwritten responsibility that comes with this gig, that people, they look to you for inspiration and guidance whether you like it or not. And I know a lot of people that don’t like that responsibility. I take it very, very seriously. So in a lot of ways, I try to lead by example. And yeah, it’s uncomfortable to open up like that, but at the same time, if you can’t talk about an issue, how are you going to fix it?
And that’s one of the things that people don’t understand. If you just don’t say anything, that’s not going to fix the problem. You fix a problem by working on it, you know?
I also know there’s a giant stigma that comes with therapy and dealing with issues, with demons. A lot of people don’t want to talk about it or look down at it or tend to make fun of other people for having it or engaging in it. I’m trying to break that down by showing people that, yes, I go to therapy as well and I’m still trying to work out my demons and the things I went through in my life.
Will I ever get it all figured out? Probably not. But that’s why it’s a process. So if me bearing my shit and laying it all out helps people start to work on theirs as well, then where’s the negative part of that? I can take criticism, I can take all that shit. But if I’m leading by example, why not? And if me doing that helps people get help and help themselves in their life and make better decisions and do better things for other people, that spreads like wildfire. I would be a fucking asshole not to try to do that.”
Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) recently appeared on Viceland‘s “The Therapist,” a show where psychologist Dr. Siri Sat Sam Singh interviews musicians to “discover what lies beneath their public personas.” During the show, which can be seen HERE, Taylor opened up on a variety of past traumas including his past suicide attempt and being sexually assaulted at a young age. You can see what he had to say about those shocking situations below.
On his suicide attempt:
“I only really seriously attempted suicide once. I took a bunch of pills at my grandmother’s house and just basically laid on the floor. And my ex-girlfriend’s mom stopped and my grandmother’s house outta nowhere to check on me, to see how I was—found me. An hour later I’m drinking ipecac and throwing up into a bucket.”
“The girlfriend whose mother found me had just broken up with me. There was just something about her that I really connected with, but when that went away, a lot of me went with it. I felt so empty that I had a hard time feeling anything other than grave depression. And it was the one time I really was just like ‘I can’t handle this.’”
“It was definitely one of my rock bottoms. So my grandmother came and picked me up. My grandmother, who has been the one person in my life. She came and picked me up and she was so disappointed.”
“I could see it on her, you know? It was almost like a race of emotion. Just disappointed, she was glad I was okay, but she was so mad. That killed me and it hurt so much that I didn’t—like it almost put me over again that I immediately just said ok, it’s not… it’s not something you come back from.”
On sexual assault:
“I was raped by someone in the neighborhood. I didn’t tell anybody for a long time because he threatened to hurt me, threatened to hurt my mom.”
He also added:
“Where we were living at the time—we moved around a lot so obviously I had to make friends quickly. There was really only one person to hang out with, to play with and he was this sixteen-year-old kid.
And he would invite me over to his house to play music and one day it became something else and I didn’t tell anybody for a long time because he threatened to hurt me, threatened to hurt my mom. He ended up burning his house down. They fled in the night. It was kind of crazy.”
[via The PRP]