“There was kind of a plateau with STONE SOUR, creatively, that I needed to kind of step away from,” Corey said (watch interview below). “For some reason, it didn’t feel the way that it felt in the past. And also, I was still dealing with my own issues coming out of my last marriage, and dealing with the depression that had come with that, and the bile of the toxic relationship…
“So going into SLIPKNOT helped with that, it helped me release a lot of that, but then coming out of that, I knew that if I was going to be able to heal a little faster, I needed to do something that felt fresher,” he explained. “So the solo thing was definitely what I needed to do. And obviously, I’m going to stay doing solo stuff for a little longer.
“But you never say never,” Corey added. “STONE SOUR has been a part of my life since I was 19 years old, it predates SLIPKNOT by five years, and it was the first real band that I ever started. So it will always be there for me, and hopefully, the other guys in the band feel that way. But for right now, I just need to be able to do this, and it’s just a part of me.”
Corey Taylor released his debut solo album, CMFT, in October via Roadrunner Records.
During a recent interview the Arizona radio station 98 KUPD, Corey Taylor revealed that he is planning to embark on a “social-distanced” tour with his solo band.
“[It will be a] short tour — probably about three weeks,” he revealed. “Some of the places we’ll be doing two nights in one city. It’ll be completely social-distanced, which means there’ll be pods with space around it, and the only people allowed in the pod are the people who came with that group. [There will be] temp checks at the door, and you have to have proof of a negative test within 48 hours [of the show], or you won’t be let in at all.
He continued: “So, I’m looking at ways to kind of get the cobs going — not only for myself but for people I care about. My crew needs work; my wife [Alicia Taylor, a professional dancer and a member of the all-girl dance group CHERRY BOMBS], her dancers, they wanna get back out there. So this is the test to see if we can start to kind of inch back towards reality with these in place — at least until the vaccine has had a chance to kind of do its thing.”
“The bulk of [the dates are] in the Midwest and then kind of working our way back to Vegas. It’ll be April-May. And we’re actually hammering the details out right now.”
“The only way this happens is if we learn to do it,” Corey added. “We have to get on with it. President Biden was talking about the fact that it’s a national emergency that there’s been no school — real school — and a real plan in place, because there was really nobody running the boat for God knows how long, and that’s been a national emergency. And a lot of people feel like that about what they do for a living. I’m not gonna put what I do as important as education. However, what I do is responsible for a lot of people’s livelihoods. And the faster I can find a way to get us all back doing that in a way that doesn’t endanger people, the better. Instead of just kind of using it as a crutch and waiting for it to go away… Guess what? This may never go away. We need to learn to adapt — we need to adapt and move on and find ways to do this. Like I said, once the vaccine’s had a chance to really kind of do its thing, we will really start to have those tentative steps back towards normalcy as best we can.”