During a recent appearance on SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation Virtual Invasion”, Corey Taylor was asked when he will know that it’s time for him to walk away from SLIPKNOT due to the physical cost of performing with the band for so many years.
“That’s a good question. The honest answer is I don’t know. And honestly, it’s because I really try to keep myself healthy, I try to keep myself clean,” Corey responded. “I’m still as into extreme music as I’ve always been. That’s just a side of me that I’ve always been into. It’ never hard enough; it’s never crazy enough. And sometimes the band has to calm me down when it comes to the stuff that I write. [Laughs]
“I don’t know, man. I’ve always said that the second that I’m doing this for reasons other than my absolute passion for doing it, as soon as that changes, that’s when I’ll know,” he continued. “And that’s honestly why I’ve always followed my passions and followed my interests, and I’ve never allowed myself to do anything for money, for a cheap pop, cheap fame — I’ve never done any of that. I’m not gonna say I’m proud of it, because that’s just who I am.
Corey added: “But needless to say, if I get to the age where that choice makes more and more sense, I think there’s a part of me that will absolutely rein myself in and be, like, ‘No. No. This isn’t who you are. This isn’t what you wanna do.
“You need to walk. And I think at that point, I’ll have accomplished enough that I’ll be okay with it. It won’t mean that I’ll stop making music. It just means I’ll stop making a certain type of music. For me, I think I’ll have the honesty to know and hopefully the courage to do it, because sometimes it’s scary.”
Taylor will release his debut solo album, CMFT, on October 2 via Roadrunner Records.