SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR singer Corey Taylor says that the fact that he is not a household name has helped him avoid all the “crappy side effects” of being the frontman of not only one but two world-renowned metal bands.
Asked how he unplugs from his many different projects, which have included solo tours and authoring a pair of best-selling books (“Seven Deadly Sins” and “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Heaven”), Taylor told Amelia of the 98 Rock radio station in Baltimore, Maryland: “Every once in a while, my wife and I will take a vacation. It’s pretty few and far between, because we work together. So half the reason that I’m able to do the things that I get to do is because my wife helps me do it; she’s been in band management for years, so we make a really good team.”
He continued: “You know, I don’t need a lot to recharge. Actually, one of the ways that I recharge is I come home. I spend time with my family, I hang out with my wife’s family, who I’m really, really close with. I spend time with my kids. That, to me, is unplugging and getting away from everything. ‘Cause I don’t live in Los Angeles; I still have my house in Iowa, and I have a house in Las Vegas, where most of my wife’s family lives. I have these places where I can kind of get away from everything. And I’m lucky enough to be probably the most famous person that no one’s ever heard of. So I can still go out and go grocery shopping and not get bugged. I can kind of do my thing and it’s all good. So I get all the benefits of being in the industry and doing my thing, and I don’t get any of the crappy side effects, where you never get a moment to yourself, you never get to any of these things. And I’m fine with that; I love that. I get to do all the fun stuff, all the creative stuff. I don’t get any of the… I get a little bit of it — don’t get me wrong — but I still get to do these things, because I enjoy doing them. And I think a lot of people, they hit a point in their career where they just stop enjoying it, so they start churning out crap; there’s no quality to the content. And for me, I’ve always been the guy who, I don’t do anything unless I really wanna do it. And I think that’s why my level of quality has remained up there, at least in my eyes.”
Taylor also spoke about the seemingly large number of veteran rock bands who have partaken in the reunion circuit in an attempt to cash in on revisiting their past without the benefit of great new music, or any new music at all in some cases.
“A lot of that comes down to the other side of, not only this industry, but of the lifestyle — if you get too wrapped up in the drugs or the womanizing or the hedonistic side of things,” Corey said. “And you stay there. It’s okay when you’re young, but then you stay in that for too long and it sucks the life out of you. And not only that, but it sucks everything around your life out of you. So then you get to the other side, and it’s, like, ‘Well, that was a great party, but now I have nothing to show for it.’ And luckily enough, I’ve got a lot of people around me who I’ve been able to kind of channel all that energy into making sure that they’re taken care of, and that’s what keeps me together.”
SLIPKNOT will release its fifth studio album and first since 2008’s “All Hope Is Gone” in October. The disc, titled “.5: The Gray Chapter”, is also the band’s first without late bassist Paul Gray, who died in 2010, and drummer Joey Jordison, who was dismissed in late 2013.