Vended’s Simon Crahan On Touring With Slipknot: “If You Were In Our Position, You Would Take The Tour, So Shut The Fuck Up”

During an interview with Kerrang!, Vended’s Griffin Taylor and Simon Crahan discussed the inevitable comparisons between them and their fathers, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor and M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan. When asked about Vended’s decision to hit the road with Slipknot, Simon responded by saying anyone in their position “would take the tour.”

Simon said the following about the initial buzz surrounding Vended when they launched the project:

“You see a lot of bands who have been practicing for a week, they’ve got two songs, they have a name but it sucks, then they play a show in front of three people. We isolated ourselves in my basement, writing and writing and writing and writing and not showing anyone our music or anything we were doing. Then two years later – boom – ‘Asylum‘ was released, we had 8,000 followers right off the bat, already verified on Instagram and people loved it more.”

He also commented on their connection with Slipknot:

“Yeah, we got more help than other bands do and I’m honest about that. I’m not going to say we didn’t because that’s not fair to who our fathers are. They’ve helped us, but they have never, ever, ever, written our music, never showed us how to play, never showed us how to perform onstage, they’ve never done any of that. When people say, ‘Oh, Griffin’s dad’s probably showing him how to scream how he does,’ Griff is learning on his fucking own.”

Griffin continued:

“I started learning how to scream in middle school and my dad was out in Vegas. I understand when people say, ‘Oh, they got all of their musical talent from their fathers.’ I understand where people come from with that, because of genes or just the way a voice is built or someone’s reflexes are built, but we didn’t get our parents’ musical talent. We found that on our own.”

Simon added:

“My dad never showed me how to play the drums. Maybe he showed me little things, but I learned that shit by myself – we all learned this shit by ourselves. To think that some people actually think our dads help us like that, I can see what they’re talking about, but we’re a bunch of fucking talented 18, 19, 20-year-olds that are trying to show the world that anyone can fucking do it. People can just fuck right off, half the time.”

He then went on to discuss opening for Slipknot:

“I think touring with Slipknot is perfect because Griffin and I get to see our dads – that’s amazing. We never get to see our fucking dads! It’s good for us to be around the people who really showed us what music was really about. Yeah, people are pissed off, but if you were in our position, you would take the tour, so shut the fuck up.”

Watch Slipknot’s Corey Taylor & Clown Rock Out To Their Sons’ Band Vended

Vended, the band featuring Griffin Taylor and Simon Crahan, the sons of Slipknot’s Corey Taylor and M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan, have been touring with Slipknot and Jinjer as of a late. As such, Corey and Clown have been able to take some time to watch their kids perform live. You can see footage of the proud fathers rocking out to Vended below:

[via Blabbermouth]

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor On “The End, So Far”: “This Simply Represents The End Of One Moment And The Beginning Of The Rest Of Our Fucking Lives”

During Slipknot’s July 21 set at the Hills Of Rock festival in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Corey Taylor took some time to address the title of the band’s new album “The End, So Far” (out September 30). He told the crowd the following:

“I’ll tell you what, some of you might have heard the news that Slipknot has a new album coming out very, very soon. The name of that album is called ‘The End, So Far’. And for those doomsday motherfuckers who think that Slipknot are gonna break up, that is not the case. This simply represents the end of one moment and the beginning of the rest of our fucking lives. Do you understand what I’m fucking saying to you out there?”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Slipknot Perform “Custer” With Corey Taylor’s Son Griffin Taylor

During Slipknot’s July 20 show in Bucharest, Romania, the band were joined onstage by Corey Taylor’s son Griffin Taylor (Vended) for a performance of “Custer.” You can see fan-filmed footage of that below:

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Says “The End, So Far” Is Like A “Darker Version” Of “Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)”

During a recent interview with Kerrang!, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor discussed the band’s upcoming album “The End, So Far” (out September 30). According to him, the effort is like a “darker version” of “Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses).”

Taylor said the following about the album:

“To me, ‘Vol. 3‘ was really the most expansive album that we had done, up to that point. It was the thing that kind of pushed the boundaries for everybody, you know? We were able to experiment with different styles of music, and really show people that there was so much more depth to what we do.

And I kind of feel like that’s what this album is doing. In a way it is [also] an extension of ‘We Are Not Your Kind‘, but to me, the songs are better, the structuring is better. We’re able to kind of take it even further, and after 23 years professionally, being able to say that there’s ground that we haven’t covered yet, and there’s ground that we’re excited to cover, is cool.”

He also commented on the effort’s latest single “The Dying Song (Time To Sing)“:

“To me, it just seems like it’s all the outrage and none of the punishment. For the last few years it’s been very trendy to be offended and outraged by everything, and yet nothing happens – especially in my country, which is just fucking ridiculous. It’s almost like the tables have turned, and the more angry people get, the more the people who they’re mad at just double-down on the shit.

Instead of there being cause and effect, or crime and punishment, now it’s just like, ‘Fuck you, we don’t care.’ I can’t tell if that’s a reaction because of the almost nihilistic isolation of the cultures themselves, where neither side is acknowledging any of the good parts of each other – they’re just really honed in on the shit that they consider inflammatory.

And it’s almost like people are ringing the doomsday bell. You’re sitting there going, ‘Well, it’s been fun! Everybody, pick up your trash when you’re leaving, and I’ll see you in Hell!’ That’s kind of what that song is. It’s just like, ‘If we don’t figure it out, I’ll see you when the meteor hits, basically.’”

He continued:

“I think if I was younger then I would believe in something like hope. I would have that kind of optimism (laughs), but I’ve seen waves of this shit for 30 years, and I’m just unimpressed. The sad thing is, it takes real tragedy to make anything change, because we’re not a proactive species. We would rather close the door after the house is already on fire. I’m just kind of used to it at this point.

I still obviously support and believe in all the causes that I’m very passionate about, but at the same time, I just realized that people aren’t going to change – and I’m done trying to change people. It’s wasted effort, and it takes time away from the people that I actually care about. Until I see real shit, I’m just not going to care anymore.

It’s like, ‘If you motherfuckers want to kill each other, go ahead. I’m just gonna stand back and will not be in the line of fire,’ because I’m tired of the idiocy. I can only watch stupid shit for fucking so long. So yeah, it’s me basically going, ‘Go ahead, just fucking beat the living shit out of each other and see what happens.’”</blockquote

Machine Gun Kelly On His Feud With Slipknot’s Corey Taylor: “We All Acted Ridiculous”

Last year, Machine Gun Kelly made headlines after insulting Slipknot onstage and feuding with Corey Taylor on social media. Now, the rapper turned rocker has reflected on the incident, saying that everyone “acted ridiculous.”

MGK said the following in his new documentary [via The Pit]:

“It’s funny, the whole Slipknot issue (which really isn’t a Slipknot issue, it’s a Corey issue). That situation’s unfortunate because I think both of us let our egos get in the way.

You know, I was a fan of Slipknot. I was a fan of Corey. That’s why I’d asked him to get on ‘Tickets to My Downfall.’ He obviously had mutual respect, too, because he cut a verse.

I kind of tried to give notes back, like ‘oh, you know, this wasn’t exactly what I was looking for, can we try this?’ And respectfully he was like, you know, ‘no.’ And I was like, ‘okay, cool.’ So we didn’t use it. You know, then I heard him on a podcast.”

He also added the following about a previous comment that Taylor made about “artists who failed in one genre and decided to go rock”:

“That narrative always confused me. My most successful album was the album I just put out. ‘Hotel Diablo,’ that’s a rap album that has a billion-plus streams. I could have handled it differently. I should have just picked up the phone and been like hey dude, ‘why would you say that’? But, instead, we all acted ridiculous.”

This news comes after Taylor reflected on the feud in January, saying that MGK shouldn’t “run [his] mouth about bands that have been doing this for 20 fucking years.”

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Guests On New Kid Bookie Song “Game”

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) is featured on a new Kid Bookie song titled “Game.” The track was produced by Good Charlotte’s Billy Martin and an official video for it can be found below:

Kid Bookie commented:

“A song for you to scream ‘go fuck yourself’ to the face of all gatekeepers. Heavy culture is evolving and being part of the evolution with the teachers who taught us how to evolve is exactly where we need to be right now, an obnoxiously loud, violent piece of music to reflect the tide of the mood, not everything is pretty and sometimes mirroring that sonically is truth in audio. Awoooh!”

Taylor added:

“This song is the perfect blend of smooth and violent. The tones are sick. Book and I are ready for all takers on it. Rated ‘C’ for ‘Crank The Fuck Out Of It!’”

Corey Taylor Says Fans “Will Have New Fucking Slipknot Music Very Fucking Soon”

During Slipknot’s June 1 show at Heritage Bank Center in Cincinnati, OH, Corey Taylor offered an update on the band’s new album. He said the following:

“Now, we don’t have an exact date on it, but I’m here to tell you, you’re not gonna be waiting very, very fucking long. Goddamnit, I promise you, you will have new fucking Slipknot music very fucking soon.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Launches New Nonprofit Charity The Taylor Foundation

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) has launched a new nonprofit charity called The Taylor Foundation. The organization was created in an effort to “uplift military veterans and emergency personnel living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).”

The following was said about the charity:

“The Taylor Foundation is a project of Corey Taylor, lead singer of Slipknot, Stone Sour, and solo artist. The foundation supports and uplifts military veterans and emergency personnel living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The Taylor Foundation raises awareness of this often misunderstood mental health condition as well as provides resources and financial support. In 2022, Corey and The Taylor Foundation are partnering with pre-selected nonprofits in each tour city that are actively providing meaningful and creative assistance to those affected by PTSD.

The Taylor Foundation is a member of The Giving Back Fund, a national 501c3 organization that encourages and facilitates charitable giving by professional athletes, celebrities, high net worth individuals, existing nonprofit organizations, corporations and others who truly desire to give back.”

Fans that donate to the charity through Fandiem will have a chance to win some cool prizes.

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Guests On New Version Of Hyro The Hero’s “Kids Against The Monsters”

Hyro The Hero has teamed up with Slipknot’s Corey Taylor for a new version of “Kids Against The Monsters.“ You can check that out below. The song serves as the title track of Hyro’s new EP, which is available now.

Hyro commented:

“Working with Corey Taylor was absolutely incredible. When I first heard him sing the words of the chorus we created, I got chills. ‘Kids Against The Monsters‘ is about the problems we deal with from generation to generation. This generation is trying to find peace and fix past mistakes. When you press play and listen to my music, I want you to feel the positivity and love.”

Taylor added:

“It’s always nice to collaborate with up-and-coming talent, especially when you’re a genuine fan. I was stoked to hop on this song with Hyro The Hero. He embodies what a true artist is meant to do: make you feel something. This song is a great reminder that we’re stronger together when facing our demons.”