Corey TaylorAccording to The Pulse Of Radio, SLIPKNOT recently completed a three-week European tour that was the band’s first run of dates since the death of bassist Paul Gray in May 2010. Although singer Corey Taylor has been unsure of SLIPKNOT’s future since Gray’s death, he told HardDrive Radio that the tour made him a little more optimistic.

He said, “Definitely after this tour, I’m definitely much more positive than I was. Am I ready to run into a studio? No. Everybody just slow down, ’cause it’s still very fresh to me. It still doesn’t make sense yet, you know, there’s still a lot of healing that we’ve got to do before we can get there. Am I open to more tours? Absolutely. I mean, we’ve talked about doing something next year in the States and, you know, letting the fans kind of celebrate as well. So time will tell.”

SLIPKNOT concluded its three-week European tour on July 10 with a headlining set at England’s Sonisphere festival. Taylor said he had a good time. “I did enjoy the show,” he said. “The whole tour has been great. Thank you to everyone who came and everyone who participated in the two minutes of silence for Paulie; he would have been so proud.”

Joey Jordison also said earlier this year that SLIPKNOT can carry on “with or without” Taylor.

Taylor, for his part, has been touring with his other band STONE SOUR and has indicated that he would like to return to the studio with that group next.

A short audio clip of Corey Taylor talking about SLIPKNOT’s return can be heard at this location (Real Media file).

Quality HD video footage of SLIPKNOT’s June 30 concert at Ledovyi Dvoretz in St. Petersburg, Russia can be seen below.