Slipknot singer Corey Taylor, who also fronts Stone Sour and is the reported new singer for Velvet Revolver, has given some significant signs in a recent interview with Undercover that the future of Slipknot is seriously in doubt.
"I don’t see it happening," Taylor said in the interview. "And if it does, it’ll be way, way down the line."
Everything has changed for the masked collective since the death of bassist Paul Gray last year, and Taylor is ‘tentative’ and "uncertain" that the band chemistry will see them through.
During the interview, Taylor began referring to Slipknot in the past tense, saying "With Slipknot, I mean, I’m very proud of what I did with Slipknot. And obviously, I’m close with those guys, but it’s completely different. It was a band that joined later and I, honestly, in a lot of ways, never really felt connected to it for whatever reason; it might have been me, it might have been them. I cast no aspersions on anyone but that’s just the dynamic."
When questioned on the spot about the way he was talking about Slipknot in the past tense, he doubled down. "It’s not the same, obviously, is it? I mean, it’s never gonna be the same, so there’s no way I can look at it any differently than that.’
We asked if future Stone Sour and/or Slipknot music will be affected by Gray’s passing, he rode the fence: "If it happens. if it happens."
He did, however confirm that there will definitely be new Stone Sour music, but the problems with what lies ahead for Slipknot goes far deeper than mourning a fallen bandmate. Taylor has grown weary of discussing the situation with fans, who have only a rudimentary understanding of the struggles within the group.
"There’s such a huge piece missing now – a piece that the fans can’t even understand. Honestly, it drives me nuts trying to explain it to them," he says. "I mean, Paul always was that unconscious, almost lynchpin that held everything together and he had such a great mind for the music that we created that without him, I don’t see it happening very soon, let’s put it that way. If we do, it’s gonna be way, way down the line, and it’s gonna be when everyone’s ready. Because there are other things in the band that are affecting things right now."
It’s clear that there are more personal issues in play than the loss of a band member, but the Slipknot crew isn’t going to turn the band into a Jerry Springer show.
"It’s not even about that. It’s individual issues, let’s put it that way, and that’s all I’ll say about it," Taylor explained.
But what about the scheduled shows the band has on deck? "Obviously, we’re doing these shows in the summer at Sonisphere and that’s pretty much gonna be us dipping a toe in the water to see what happens. To me, it’s baby steps. I think everybody’s racing ahead without realizing that we kind of have to pick ourselves up first."
"Everyone needs to be realistic about it and it seems like I’m the only one who’s being realistic. And it’s a heavy responsibility to be the guy who is kind of coming off as the doomsayer But at the end of the day, that’s respect. I’m not just racing right ahead and going, ‘Oh yeah, we’re gonna go!’ I lost my brother last year, and people need to understand that and respect it before I start getting all ‘hip, hip hooray’ about everything."
No matter what happens, the experience has changed Taylor, and performing has lost a certain shine in Paul’s absence. "There’s not a part of me that’s very happy about jumping up on stage without Paul; it’s gonna be very, very weird," he explained.
"If I’m cautious, it’s because I respect what we’ve done, and I respect him and I respect his memory. I think too many people are just ready for us to kind of rush past that, and that’s not how the healing process works, and it’s never a good thing to do that. I’m tentative. I’m hoping it goes well. But I’m also gonna be realistic, I’m gonna be pragmatic and that’s just the way I am."
Taylor also refused to confirm or deny reports that he is, in fact, the new singer of Velvet Revolver. Responding to a question about whether he would be joining the band he said: "To be continued. That’s all I can say right now."
Taylor also announced that he is to release an autobiography on July 12. He’s named it ‘The Seven Deadly Sins: Settling the Argument Between Born Bad And Damaged Good’.