COREY TAYLOR Says His Son Wanted To Be A Professional Gamer

SLIPKNOT/STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor talked about his 15-year-old son Griffin – who is also a singer – remembering his aspirations when he was a kid. Corey told 102.9 The Hog (watch interview below): “When he was really young, he wanted to be a florist. And then he was just like, ‘Well, dad, I’m just gonna be a professional gamer.’

“And I was, like, ‘Are ya? All right. Let’s hear your rationale.’ ‘Well, you know, there are people that get paid to play video games.’ And I’m, like, ‘Hey, if you can do that, please, by all means, get in there.’

“And then he realized there’s actual work [involved] and a lot of those gamers are actually programmers as well. And I’m like, ‘That means college.’ And he was like, ‘Ugh.’ My son’s not the biggest fan of school.”

Remembering how Griffin joined STONE SOUR onstage last July to rock “Song #3,” Corey said: “It was surreal, to be honest. A million things go through your head. First of all, he’s a natural. He’d never done anything like that before. We didn’t even practice on stage with him. He and I went through it acoustically backstage.

“He was 14 at the time. At 14, not only could he lean back on the adrenaline and fall in the pocket, but note-wise, he was so dialed in on it. And then had the presence of mind to be running around stage, going for it, and then at the end, he jumps up on my check-me-out box and takes a selfie with the audience.

“I would have never in a million years thought to do that. I’d never felt that kind of pride in my life, man. I was, like, ‘Oh, you’ve got the Taylor curse now, dude. You’re screwed.’ [Laughs]

“In one split second, I was up on stage and I’m playing guitar, and I was really just kind of backing him up on the choruses and stuff. But a million things are going through my head. I’m seeing him as a kid, I’m seeing him on his first day at school, I’m seeing him struggle with just trying to figure out who he is and stuff, and then all of a sudden – boom! – and there he is. And I’m like, ‘Wow!'”