Scott Penfold of Loaded Radio recently conducted an interview with SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor. You can now listen to the chat at this location.
On the vibe within SLIPKNOT with new members Jay Weinberg (drums) and Alessandro “Vman” Venturella (bass):
Corey: “It’s really good, man. The vibe is great. I can’t say enough great things about those kids. They’re so passionate about what they do. They still love the music just as much as we do. And they’re absolutely dedicated to the pursuit of perfection. Not perfection itself, because you’ll never [stop chasing] that thing, but the pursuit of it. And that’s what this band is all about. It’s all about making sure that you do everything in your ability to make sure that [you put on] the perfect show for whatever audience is in front of you. And plus, they’re just great dudes — really, really good guys who I really genuinely love hanging out with. And you put all of that together, and it just feels like SLIPKNOT. It’s really, really cool.”
On whether people can now officially say that Jay Weinberg is the new drummer of SLIPKNOT:
Corey: “Well, he’s the drummer with SLIPKNOT. Nobody gets in or out right now. But it’s like I’ve always said, though… Everybody asks, ‘Are they in the band?’ And I keep telling [them] this: they’re with the band; they’re with us right now. That’s because you’re not given anything in this band — you earn everything in this band. So, you know, we’ll see what happens in the next couple of years.”
On SLIPKNOT possibly making a concept album next time around:
Corey: “Yeah, that’s still something that we’re talking about. And we’re actually talking about taking it even further and maybe making it something that kind of fires on all the cylinders — almost like ‘Purple Rain’ or ‘The Wall’, where there’s a narrative and a movie and music that goes along with it. So we’re really talking about a very grand concept right now that can be really, really cool in the long run. But that’s still a few years off in the distance. I’ve got a handful things that I’m doing, Clown‘s [Shawn Crahan, percussion] got stuff he’s gonna do, Jim‘s [Root, guitar] got stuff he’s gonna do. So, right now, we’re just kind of putting the ideas into reality. And then we’ll see what happens in a few years.”
On SLIPKNOT possibly making a horror movie to go along with the upcoming concept album:
Corey: “It’s something that we’ve always talked about — doing a movie, but what would it be? Obviously, everyone would think that it would be more horror than anything else, but at the same time, for us, it’s more about the psychological thriller than it is the horror. This would be something to make you think, and it probably would scare you, but at the same time, it would absolutely be something dazzling and artistic, and hopefully fun. And I know that’s a very strange concept, but it’d be something that people would really, really get into. So we’re definitely thinking about an idea, and I’ve got some great ideas that I’m trying to flesh out in my head. But we’ll see what happens.”
On whether he keeps in contact with former SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison:
Corey: “I haven’t talked to Joey since we parted ways. He hasn’t reached out to me, I haven’t reached out to him. It’s just kind of there right now. I’ve said in the press and stuff that I wish him all the best. It’s unfortunate that we had to part ways, but it was just the way things are right now. Could I see myself working with him in the future? I don’t know, to be honest. I really don’t know.”
SLIPKNOT‘s “Summer’s Last Stand” tour kicked off on July 24 in West Palm Beach, Florida, and will wrap up on September 5 in Dallas.