Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor sat down with Larry King to discuss the band’s new album, moving on with new bandmates, comparisons to Stone Sour and more. Taylor also answered fan questions via social media and showed off his new Slipknot mask.
Taylor opened up on Larry King Now about the emotional roller coaster of recording Slipknot’s first new album in six years following the death of bassist Paul Gray and the ousting of drummer Joey Jordison. He unveiled his new mask, which King called “considerably scary” and put it on, giving fans a unique opportunity to see him strap it on his face and show off its multiple layers.
Later, King directly asked Taylor about the death of Paul Gray. Taylor called the time “very dark and very, very heavy.” He said when they found out there was a “dense numbness that kinda descended on us.”
He also asked what Gray would think of the new album. “I think he would’ve loved it,” Taylor said. “I mean, it’s essentially the story of the last four years, dealing with the aftermath of his death and all of us trying to kind of get back to a place where we wanted to make music again.”
Taylor also shared his goal for Slipknot’s new album ‘.5: The Gray Chapter’ saying, “I want it to show that our genre is still very much alive. Obviously, Gene Simmons is very famously quoted as saying, ‘Rock ‘n’ roll is dead.’” He continued, “I think he’s got a point but at the same time you have to use the new technology to your advantage and I think we are going to show people that you can still use the technology and still have something in rock and roll.”
The singer fielded questions from fans via social media. One asked which song is the most personal on the new album. Corey said, it is a toss up between ‘Skeptic,’ which is “pretty much about Paul ,” and ‘Goodbye,’ which is about the day he died.
Another asked how hard it was moving forward with a new bass player and drummer. Taylor said, “When you’re writing and recording you kind of have to develop a so you can communicate and get to the point be able to create the music.”
In our very serious KNOTFEST 2014 report, west coast correspondant Johnny Orlando Jr. talks with Slipknot, Atreyu, Killswitch Engage & the fans about their experience at the fest.
Slipknot‘s first album since 2008 , “.5: The Gray Chapter“, has again seen them top the billboard charts. The group are presently #1 with around 132,000 copies sold during the albums first week of sales. Those who attended the groups ‘Knotfest‘ festival this past weekend likely played a good role in the bands success as various tickets came with a digital copy of the album. Slipknot last topped the charts with their 2008 release, “All Hope Is Gone“, selling around 240,000 copies.
If you didn't catch them on our live stream, watch the entire set from night 1 of Slipknot's Knotfest right here.
Here is the tracklisting with time stamps:
01 – 515. 0:00
02 – People = Shit. 0:22
03 – Eeyore. 4:06
04 – Disasterpiece 6:10
05 – The Negative One. 12:49
06 – Sulfur. 17:42
07 – Eyeless. 22:18
08 – Wait And Bleed. 28:31
09 – Dead Memories. 31:15
10 – Before I Forget. 35:32
11 – Three Nil. 41:33
12 – Frail Limb Nursery. 46:37
13 – Purity. 47:09
14 – Custer. 52:59
15 – Duality. 58:11
16 – Spit It Out. 1:04:49
17 – Surfacing. 1:11:49
Slipknot kept their promise and played an entirely different set on night two with some great selections from their back catalog:
01. XIX 0:00
02. Sarcastrophe 3:53
03. The Heretic Anthem 8:23
04. My Plague 12:21
05. The Devil In I 17:35
06. Psychosocial 23:43
07. Liberate 29:34
08. Opium Of The People 33:10
09. Left Behind 36:16
10. Vermilion 41:47
11. Custer 48:37
12. The Blister Exists 52:52
13. Before I Forget 59:33
14. Duality 1:04:18
15. 742617000027 10:10:15
16. (sic) 1:12:15
17. Surfacing 1:17:09
18. 'Til We Die 1:21:43
Jim Root sat in with Triple J Radio and addressed the departure from his former band Stone Sour - which is fronted by his Slipknot bandmate Corey Taylor. Recent interviews have implied that he was unhappy with certain members of the group. Given his latest comments, you can likely rule out Taylor as the source of the tension.
On the situation that led to his departure from Stone Sour:
“I think, in some ways, there are certain people in that band that are just extremely impatient, and they think that they need to have everything that they have, and they need to realize that the only reason they have anything of what they have is because Slipknot made it possible for them to have what they have. Slipknot has graciously and kindly stepped aside and let this other band do everything that it’s ever needed or wanted to do, yet this band can’t seem to take a break for Slipknot to do what it needs to do. And, I don’t know… For me, it seemed like it was a little bit of a smack in the face. So it just got to the point, for me, where I couldn’t stand it anymore, and I needed to work on Slipknot, it was apparent, and it was becoming more and more apparent the more shows that we were doing. And that’s essentially how that sort of happened.”
On how the split impacted his relationship with Corey Taylor:
“I’ve never had a problem with Corey. You know what I mean? Corey and I understand each other a lot better than anybody else from the other bands could, because we’ve been pullng double duty for all these years. And when you’ve got other people in the bands that you’re in that don’t share that common thing, they could never really understand what it is. And after a while you become so spread thin that it becomes really hard to give a hundred percent to both things, and eventually there comes a time where you have to say, ‘Enough is enough,’ and, ‘I need to put my focus a hundred percent into what it is that made this all possible for all of us,’ And let’s face it: Slipknot is a world-class, cult-status band, and it’s where my passion lies.
That’s not to say I’m not passionate about Stone Sour-I’m absolutely passionate about everything that I contributed to Stone Sour - but there are certain people in that band that have a different idea of what Stone Sour should be, and I don’t necessarily wanna be in a radio band, so to speak, you know what I mean? I’d rather be creative and be artistic and be able to play intricate music that moves and really takes you on a journey. About the closest Stone Sour ever came to that were the two records that we just released, and I don’t know that they’ll ever do that again in the future.”
On the prospect of starting another project:
“That’s one of the things that I’ve kinda learned from having two bands. It might be fun to play with some other people or maybe write songs with some other people. But to have another full band with other people where you spend the time in the studio and you put together a full album cycle of touring after that, it really spreads ya thin man. It’s a lot to take on. I commend Corey for wanting to continue all that—if he does, ya know what I mean?—but I know Corey has a lot of other interests in his life, he wants to pursue acting.
He writes books—he’s an author. I know he likes to go out and play with Slash and these bands like Camp Freddy around LA and stuff like that, so… I think if we were all just focus a little bit more on Slipknot that would afford us to more time to really have fun and do the other things that we want to do. It’s hard to say though, I can’t read anybody’s mind, I can’t really take them at their word for anything. You know, actions to me speak louder to words and only time will really tell.
Right now we’re all in a really good headspace and we’re all getting along very well. And everybody is extremely excited about this record and passionate about this record and that’s really all that matters right now at this time, ya know? If I find myself in three years from now at the end of this album cycle and there’s no talking of doing another album, I’m going to continue to write music. Whether that ends up being Slipknot music or whether that ends up being something for something else… I guess only time will tell that.”