Slipknot Drummer Says Band Will Go On With Or Without Corey Taylor
Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison told Artisan News Service last week at the Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles that the band will carry on “with or without” singer Corey Taylor, who has expressed reluctance about making a new Slipknot record following the death last May of bassist Paul Gray.
Asked about Taylor’s ambivalence toward continuing to work with Slipknot, Jordison said,
You know what?! That’s for him to answer. As far as I’m concerned, Slipknot’s my baby and I have a bunch of (new) songs written. And I’m in rehearsal right now with all the guys and it’s completely on fire . . . as far as Slipknot’s concerned, it’ll always exist — with (Corey) or without him. So that’s it.
* Taylor told Pulse Of Radio recently that he’s not sure if his heart is even in making music with Slipknot anymore:
There’s a big part of me that wonders if I’m the guy for that band anymore, you know. I’m in such a different place in my life. Does it make sense anymore? You know, a lot of things don’t mean the same to me anymore, and there’s a lot of things that I don’t feel like saying anymore. So, you know, we’ll just have to see. There’s just a lot of things that I’ve got to figure out.
* Both Jordison and percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan have said they would like to make a new album.
* Taylor is currently on the road with his other band, Stone Sour, which also features Slipknot guitarist Jim Root.
* Slipknot will play its first shows since Gray’s death this summer when the band hits the European festival circuit. Former Slipknot guitarist Donnie Steele has returned to the lineup to take over bass duties for these gigs.
* Does this sound like Jordison is throwing down a gauntlet to Taylor?
* You think maybe he’s sick and tired of Taylor constantly saying he doesn’t know if he wants to return?
* At this point, if he’s so unsure, should the band just get another singer and get on with it, instead of waiting for this guy to make a decision?