Nov 12, 2022

Corey Taylor - Monster Mania

Category: Interviews



Monster Mania Con Panel Q&A

Corey Taylor made an appearance at the Philadelphia Monster Mania Con on the weekend of November 11 - 12, 2022 at the Philadelphia Expo Center.

 Corey arrived early to meet fans, sign autographs, and take photos.  Corey’s autograph pricing was $80 for most items and $100 for musical instruments.  There were no photo’s allowed at Corey’s table, only pro photo ops could be taken in the photo area.  


 Corey did a brief Panel/Question and Answer with fans and Corey told the crowd that he and Slipknot member Sid had gotten into an actual fist fight at one point and that they hated each other.  He broke down in tears when he told the crowd that after his back surgery Sid was also the first person to call him.   Here’s a few excerpts along with videos.

 A fan dressed in an Art the Clown costume asked “What was the inspiration for “Unsainted” by Slipknot and then the fan referenced how it sounded like “Can’t Always Get What You Want” by The Rolling Stones.”

 Corey Taylor:  “It was actually Clown’s idea to use the choir at the beginning of “Unsainted” and he may have actually gotten his inspiration from that because we are huge Rolling Stones fans, growing up in Iowa the only good radio stations were the oldie’s stations.  We never had modern music except for like shit pop music so we had to basically listen to 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s stuff and it became something that later on we were like, f*ck, we were blessed to have that great of music to and to inspire us so that probably had something to do with that…”


Another fan asked Corey about Clown recently stating that he didn’t know if Slipknot would record another full length record, that they may just release singles or EP’s.

 Corey:  “It’s kind of difficult to get 9 people in the same place anymore because we’re old and dicks (laughs), but the cool thing is that we all still get excited about good ideas.  Jim (Root) & Mick (Thomson) are so good at writing music, me and Clown work really well coming up with stuff together, V-Man is actually really good, so we’ve done so much in our career that at this point we could sit back and just do EP’s or I’ve got a good idea for a double concept record with a whole story line that goes along with it that I would love to do, but the cool thing is that we’ve kind of established our history so whatever comes next will naturally be something that we want to do so whether it’s going in and just blast out a couple psycho tunes and just have fun doing that or we go in and do a very elaborate plan like the story line or something, either way it’ll be something we’re totally into and I try to back, I back the group, ya know?  At this point we’ve released so much music and we’re off our label now so the kinda sky’s our limit, we can do whatever we want so whatever we do next will be something we are all on the same page for which is something you can’t always say."

A Fan asked Corey “What is your favorite release?”

 Corey:  Slipknot wise “We Are Not Your Kind” is one that I’m most proud, I mean I love “The End So Far” but “We Are Not Your Kind” was like this crazy purge for me.  Trying to let go of this real tangible toxicity in my life that had been in my life for a long time, and I don’t want to bore anybody with my bullsh*t but it was something that I needed to do and I was lucky enough to have an amazing band for me to be able to express that and I poured my soul out and when I did it didn’t kill me.  It didn’t wipe me out.  With Stone Sour “House of Gold and Bones” part 1 & 2, that was the first time that I was able to see the grand plan and be able to put it together in a way, to incorporate it in a story line and really make it something that I was passionate about.  The comic book, and I’m still trying to do a movie based on that or at least a stage show which would be rad.  With my solo stuff CMF2 is dark, it’s going to be everything that I did on the first album but then there’s definitely some heavier stuff on it, I’m bringing some songs that I’ve written and played in the past, “Breath of Fresh Smoke” everyone has been asking me to do for a long time, so yeah, I don’t think I’ve found it yet with the solo thing but I definitely loved what we did with the first album."  

 Corey then explained his vocal Warm-Ups before a show or lack there of....

Then a fan got very emotional while asking Corey a question:

When asked how writing a song like “Spiders” differed from “Disasterpiece” or “The Chapel Town Rag”?

 Corey:  “Spiders was something that Clown put together, I think he did it with V-Man and Jay and he was really stoked about it.  He came to me and said, “Taylor, Here’s what I need you yo do…”. And Clown is weird because he talks in riddles, we call him the wizard because he has such a way of butchering the English language and it’s because his brain doesn’t, it’s too fast for his mouth so half of the time the shit he says, I’ve got a whole list of things that he’s said over the years and I’m going to write a coffee table book about it and I’m calling it “Crahaneurisms” because he is a poet but just doesn’t realize it with the sh*t that he says and he’ll stop and I’ll look and he will see that I caught it and just immediately start smiling and sh*t and we’ll both just laugh, so everytime he tries to describe something to me I’ll prepare myself for Crahaneurisms, so he goes, “Taylor, I wrote this song and I want you to break it down, I need you to Break it down.  I need you to pull shit out of the air and put it in your mouth.”  And I was like, What the f*ck are you saying, what am I?  So I’m seeing this and I’m nodding and going, yeah, uh huh, but in my head I’m going, I have no idea what he’s talking about.  So I just took it and I just kind of applied it to “Spiders” which is lyrically about those moments, anyone who deals with depression knows that at night it’s the hardest.  At night that’s the time when the voice is the only thing that you hear.  During the day it’s easier to distract yourself because there’s people around, that good energy, but at night everything is tuned out and that’s when it takes the mic and starts whispering in your ear and it can bring you down, so “Spiders” at night get in and they try to pull you apart and it’s just about the struggle of keeping those spiders at bey.  When I described that to him (Clown), he looked at me, and I sh*t you not, he said, “That is exactly what I was hoping you would do!” And I was like, “What are you talking about?” There is no way, you had me putting sh*t in my mouth, but that’s it man, you gotta take that sh*t and put it in your mouth and spit it, and I’m like, you’re so full of sh*t.  He (Clown) is one of my favorite people in the world and I can talk anything with him and I tend to send him the craziest movie trailers just to f*ck with him because he’s always like, “Why did you send me that, it f*cked my head up so bad.” So that’s just a taste of the dynamic between me and Crahan for 27 years and we are pretty lucky to still have each other.  


The last question of the session was where Corey broke down and cried.  A fan asked Corey what one of the biggest fights he ever had with a Slipknot member was about.  

 Corey:  “Me and Sid got into a fist fight and it’s something that I’m not proud of.  It was during a tough, tough time.  He and I were at such polar ends of the universe for no reason other than we were just in different spots in our lives, but for some reason we were banging heads hard and it was to the point where when he would come into the room I would leave and when I would come into the room he would leave.  This was about 6 years ago so we are good now, but it came to a head in Sweden and he and I were both on a tear, luckily we kept this away from the fans, we had just had a meet and greet at the time and a fan had given me a comic book that I had been looking for for a long time.  So I was looking at it and really appreciating it, and Sid being Sid came up and not knowing what was going on, he probably thought he was just joking, but came up and just smacked it right out of my hand hard, he just nailed it, and in any other context it would have been funny, like ohhh you dick, ya know, but everything was amplified and all of the things you haven’t said come rushing to the front of your mind and it becomes an issue.  That turned into us turning on each other and going at each other hard to the point where the band had to pull us apart, Sid said he was going to go home and leave the tour, I wasn’t going to apologize, it was bad man.  When I had my spinal surgery (Corey tears up) he (Sid) was the first one to call me and (Pauses) he just said, “I’m so sorry” and I said, “I’m so sorry.” And I said I Love you, he was like, “Are you Okay?” And I was like, “I’m alright, it’s all good.”  And just like that nothing mattered other than me and my brother.  (Corey wipes eyes).   I’m really proud and I’m really glad that he and I could squash all of that sh*t because he’s one of my favorite people in the world.  Just the way he thinks, the way he creates, he’s one of the best secret weapons that we have in Slipknot because his musical mind is so creative and plus he schools us on everything mask that he comes up with and I just look at him and go, “You f*cker!”  Why would you think of that?  But, it’s stuff like that that endears you to people that you’ve been in the trenches with, that you’ve spent half of your life with on the road building this thing.  I didn’t expect it and still to this day it means the world to me so that’s how you carry on so it’s not about the fights it’s about coming back together and that’s the most important thing that we’re ever going to know, and it’s that shit, that’s what you do.  

Author: Bob Suehs