COREY TAYLOR On How Much Money SLIPKNOT Makes: ‘We’re Upper Middle Class’

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In a recent episode of the FeedbackDef podcast, Corey Taylor discussed the allure of being “”caught up”” by the monetary benefits that come with being a part of a big band such as SLIPKNOT.

“Honestly, in a weird way, we don’t make a lot of money,” he responded. “I mean, we make enough to live, obviously, and we can live comfortably, but we’ve never been offered massive deals. There’s a lot of us in the band, and there’s a whole crew that we have to pay. There’s the production that we have to pay for.

“There’s all of this s**t that we need to pay for. So at the end of the day, we are paid pretty much commensurate with what we are worth. We’ve never been even close to the big paydays that sports people get, actors — all of that s**t. So in a weird way, we’re kind of — if you adjust for inflation, we’re upper middle class, basically. We’re not extravagant. We’re not rich by any stretch of the means, but we do okay. I can take care of my family. Their educations are good to go. I have insurance for all of my kids. And really, that’s it.”

In discussing why he believes SLIPKNOT, despite its status as one of the world’s top metal bands, hasn’t been able to amass considerable wealth, Corey stated: “Maybe it’s because we’re so reactionary. Maybe it’s because we are not palatable for a mass audience. We appeal to our genre and people kind of on the outskirts of our genre, but that’s it. We appeal to a lot of them, so we do okay, but we’re never gonna see f**king Taylor Swift money, s**t like that. So the misconception that all rock stars are just rolling in it, that’s not true. There’s a reason why we have to tour as much as we do, because that’s the only way we can actually pay our f**king bills.”

SLIPKNOT‘s latest studio album, The End, So Far, was released on September 30, 2022. This is the band’s final album to be released through Roadrunner, whom the band signed with in 1998.

The End, So Far follows SLIPKNOT’s widely celebrated 2019 album We Are Not Your Kind, which marked SLIPKNOT’s third consecutive #1 on the Billboard 200. The release made a massive global impact with #1 debuts in the Official Album Charts of twelve countries around the world, including the UK, Australia, Canada and Mexico, with Top 5 debuts in an additional twelve countries including Germany, France and Sweden.