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.”
Posted on: 30 Oct 2014
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.
Posted on: 29 Oct 2014
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
Posted on: 28 Oct 2014
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
Posted on: 27 Oct 2014
Corey Taylor caught up with Revolver where the topic expectedly turned to the bands as-yet unannounced new bassist and drummer—reportedly Alessandro “Vman” Venturella and Jay Weinberg respectively. On the ‘leak’ of Venturella‘s identity, Taylor stated:
“It wasn’t something we’d even thought of and it didn’t even occur to us until it hit. I was like, “Aw, man. C’mon.” But the funny thing is, I was doing a radio interview and I was laughing about it. And then the story got picked up by all these media outlets that implied I was incensed, angry, and outraged. No, not really. If you listen to the interview, I’m laughing my ass off. It just goes to show you, in this TMZ world, people are gonna pick up something just so they can make a story out of it. It would be nothing for me to make an argument out of it, but at that point it was like, “Man, who gives a shit?””
On keeping their identities a secret:
“To me, it’s more about the collective. It’s more about the group than it is those individuals. And people don’t know for sure all the details, which is part of the fun of it, too–keeping people on the edge of their seats.”
Meanwhile, on the topic of rock allegedly being dead, as stated by Kiss bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons:
“”Skeptic” beat Taylor Swift on the songs charts on iTunes. That’s a pretty big fuck you to the pop world. So if rock’s dead than this corpse is walking around smacking people.”
Posted on: 25 Oct 2014
Paul's widow Brenna Gray testified in the involuntary manslaughter trial of the doctor who treated Paul in the days before his 2010 death that she tried reaching out to some of Paul's bandmates in SLIPKNOT just days prior to the bassist's death but that none of them wanted to get involved. She revealed, "One was playing golf two minutes away from our house but couldn't come. Nobody else cared, nobody was involved. They told me it was my problem."
Asked if Brenna was wrong in making those comments during the trial, Root told Sweden Rock Magazine (original English-language quote provided exclusively to BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I think she's probably gonna say whatever it is she thinks she needs to say for the lawyers to hear. You know, I mean, Paul was our brother; Paul was very close to us. We tried putting Paul into treatment numerous times, we took him off of tours and we had interventions with him. I would stop by at Paul's house with my ex-girlfriend and he'd still be in bed.
"There are a lot of circumstances and dynamics there and I'm sure that she is hurting very deeply and trying to find some way to maybe put the blame somewhere.
"At the end of the day, Paul was sick and Paul had a problem and we were there for Paul. "Paul wasn't always available. "I feel bad. I feel bad for the whole situation. "Brenna's always got brothers that she can count on, and October will always have eight uncles that give a shit."
Pressed on whether he was saying the other members of SLIPKNOT did in fact care enough about Paul's well being, Root replied: "Absolutely. He's our friend, he's our brother, he's our compatriot. He's always gonna be a part of our lives no matter what.
"What can you do? If you have a sickness, you gotta fix that sickness, but you can't keep putting somebody into treatment over and over and over again. What are you supposed to do? Babysit someone and live with them? What can you do?"
Brenna revealed in a 2011 interview with Revolver that her husband had agreed to get help for his drug problem just one day before he died on May 24, 2010.
Paul was found dead in a hotel room in a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa, where he and SLIPKNOT were based. He was 38 years old. He left behind his widow and a daughter, October, who was born three months after his death.
Brenna said on the witness stand at the Polk Country District Court in Iowa in April 2014 that Paul's final weeks were a "blur of extreme drug abuse," which neither his doctor nor his bandmates would help his wife confront.
Daniel Baldi was facing involuntary manslaughter charges in the deaths of Gray and eight others. Baldi was accused of causing the deaths with his careless prescription habits. Baldi denied the claim, with his lawyer saying that Baldi didn't prescribe the drugs that resulted in the deaths.
Brenna testified on the stand that Baldi continued to prescribe Xanax for Paul despite knowing that the musician was a drug addict, saying, "I just wasn't really sure why he was on it, why he needed it along with the medication he was taking for addiction."
Baldi's lawyer cross-examined Brenna, asking her if she was aware that her husband overdosed on the painkillers fentanyl and morphine, neither of which Baldi ever prescribed to him.
SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio back at the one-year anniversary of Gray's death how he felt about the loss of his friend and bandmate. "I just miss him, you know," he said. "I miss him so much sometimes that it doesn't feel like he's gone, and there are times when I'm thinking and he's in my train of thought and I have to stop myself and go, 'Oh, God, he's not here.' But you know, I mean, there's not a day that goes by that I don't miss him. I mean, not even as far as the band goes — I wish that he was there to watch his daughter grow."
Posted on: 25 Oct 2014
We spoke with Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor about the band’s return, who he’s looking forward to seeing at Knotfest, and the proposed “Scent of Slipknot” permeating the air at the festival.
How hard was it to go back into the studio without Paul and Joey?
For me, there was some hesitation. But we all knew that for us to truly move on, we all had to come together. Part of that involved actually sitting down and talking about what we were dealing with. We hadn’t really done that before returning to the studio. It alleviated a lot of the pressure that we might have been putting ourselves through.
How much catharsis was attained by moving forward with the new album?
For me, it was definitely a very cathartic experience. Lyrically, I went to a lot of brutally honest places. It felt good to put that much ferocity and focus back into this. I’m proud that I was able to take the grieving process and show the world what we’ve been going through…peeling back the curtain and saying, "This is what being human means sometimes, and it’s not always good."
Would you consider the new album the most personal you have released?
It’s definitely the most personal lyrically since Iowa. I’m dealing with everything in a more mature way now. Iowa was about a lot of issues that were clinging from when I was younger. But this album is about an adult dealing with one of the biggest losses of his life, and how that relates to himself, his family, his band, and everything around him, and how those repercussions infiltrate everything in your life.
Are there any bands playing Knotfest that you are hoping to see yourself?
Amen is one of my all-time favorite bands. I’ve known Casey Chaos for 16 years. They were recording their first album with Ross Robinson when we were coming in to record the first Slipknot album. I love that they’re coming back. And even though Dave Lombardo is not playing this show, Roy Mayorga from Stone Sour is playing drums with them. Not only will I get to see Amen, but I’ll get to see my Stone Sour brother play with them.
Seriously, what’s up with the Scent of Slipknot?
The only way I can answer that is that Clown is a very extraordinary individual. When he described what he was thinking, I stared at him for a very long time. But I trust his instinct when it comes to creativity and art. He is so creatively committed to this band. If he says the smell of Slipknot is burning camel poop, I have to back him on that!
(NOTE: at press time, local fire officials have banned the proposed burning of camel dung. There are reports that the band is looking for alternate methods of pulling off “The Scent of Slipknot.”)
Knotfest takes place at the San Manuel Amphitheater and Campground Friday, Oct. 24 through Saturday, Oct. 26. For complete lineup and tickets, visit www.knotfest.com.
Credit for story: http://www.laweekly.com/westcoastsound/2014/10/24/corey-taylor-is-ready-for-knotfest-and-the-scent-of-slipknot
Posted on: 24 Oct 2014
Slipknot have taken part in an 26-minute ‘Audiobiography’ that examines their personal history and back catalogue for Google Play.
Posted on: 23 Oct 2014
Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor teamed with the The You Rock Foundation to post the following video talking about his experiences with depression, homelessness and his suicide attempt and how he overcame them.
In less sobering news, Taylor also appeared on Chris Jericho‘s ‘Talk Is Jericho‘ podcast. You can also find that here. Meanwhile, Slipknot of course released their new album “.5: The Gray Chapter” earlier this week.
Posted on: 22 Oct 2014