Corey Taylor Shows Off ‘New Mask’ on ‘Adult Swim’ Segment

Masks are one of the most popular accessories of 2020 thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. But they’ve always been a staple in Corey Taylor‘s world, and he recently showed off a new addition to his collection on a segment of the show Adult Swim. 

The “Williams Street Swap Shop” is a community-like Adult Swim special where viewers can swap goods with each other and partake in contests. On a recent episode, which consisted of viewers showing off their masks, the Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman was the featured guest.

Taylor’s argument in support of wearing masks is that if he can wear one that covers his entire face for hours while he’s performing and screaming at the top of his lungs, then people should be able to wear one for a few seconds while they run into a store and do other small tasks.

He eventually put his signature We Are Not Your Kind mask on, and then whipped out another surprise. “I found this in a shop in Lima, Peru. And it was actually on what they call the highest point in South America,” Taylor said as he held up a new mask. “I saw it and I thought, ‘This is really, really cool.'”

He then put the skull-like mask on over his Slipknot mask, and voila. As he sits in his new face armor, he judges other viewers’ mask submissions.

Later in the episode, things get a little more weird as the vocalist has to sing lines given to him about kitchen appliances, for a fabricated band called Fridgey and the Burners. You can watch the clip below, and the full episode here.

Corey Taylor on the Williams Street Swap Shop

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Corey Taylor Announces Fully-Produced Livestream Arena Show

Corey Taylor is throwing a record release livestream extravaganza dubbed ‘Forum or Against ‘Em’ and it will all go down at The Forum in Los Angeles on Oct. 2 in celebration of his debut solo album, CMFT.

“I’ve been saying since the beginning I’d find a way to bring this music and this band to the people. And I’m honored that The Forum let us do just that. It’s CMFT in its entirety. It’s songs I’ve shared over the years. It’s a celebration, and I’m so stoked to party with all of you,” exclaimed Taylor.

The globally livestreamed event will find the famed singer performing songs from his CMFT album, as well as selections from the Slipknot and Stone Sour catalogs as well as some cover songs. Fans can expect a fully-produced arena show, plenty of pyrotechnics and a guest performance from the stunt/dance squad The Cherry Bombs, featuring Taylor’s wife Alicia.

The show is a collaborative effort between Taylor, the 5B artist management group and the independent festival promoter Danny Wimmer Presents (DWP).

“When Corey sent me a text saying FORUM OR AGAINST ‘EM I knew we had something truly special and unique,” said 5B CEO Cory Brennan. “The Forum is one of the most iconic venues in the world, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate his debut solo album!”

“To do a rock show on this scale, with an icon like Corey Taylor – while putting some of the behind-the-scenes heroes of the concert industry back to work – is an exciting step into the future,” added DWP founder Danny Wimmer. “We believe that Pay-Per-View is here to stay and we couldn’t think of anyone better to help us launch our new digital platform than Corey Taylor. He’s a global star, and his music with Slipknot and Stone Sour, as well as our amazing relationship with 5B, has helped to fuel DWP’s growth over the past decade. We can’t wait to get this show started.”

Tickets for the show, which will be broadcast at 2PM PT / 5PM ET / 10PM UK / 11PM EU, can be purchased here.

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Corey Taylor to Anti-Maskers: ‘You Know What, Man? F–k You’

Corey Taylor has a bold message for adherents of the anti-mask movement amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Especially for those imposing their negligence on others merely following the CDC’s guidelines for wearing face coverings to help slow the infectious disease’s spread.

The Slipknot frontman, Stone Sour singer and solo musician tackled the topic on a recent Let There Be Talk episode. When asked how his adopted hometown of Las Vegas is handling the health crisis, the musician lamented the pandemic’s ebb and flow. But he got heated regarding the city’s anti-maskers.

“Vegas, it’s up and down,” Taylor explained, as reported by Blabbermouth. “There are still a bunch of fucking mooks with no masks on at the casinos. And, actually, the people who were there — tourists or visitors or whatever — were giving shit to people who were wearing masks. That was enough for me to just go, ‘You know what, man? Fuck you!'”

The musician continued, “It’s like, not everything has to be a political fucking statement. It’s better to just be cautious. It’s better to be smart. You wanna walk around with no fucking mask on, you go ahead and spin the barrel, and let’s see how many times you can click it. But these people who are actually trying to be preventive, there’s no reason for you to give them a rash of shit — they weren’t fucking saying anything to you. It’s just ridiculous, man.”

It’s not the first time Taylor has broached the subject. In August, the singer urged “dumbasses” to “stop whining” and wear a mask. On Let There Be Talk this month, the Slipknot member furthered that idea.

“Some people are just minding their own fucking business, and a bunch of garbage fucking falls out of people’s faces, and it just keeps the fucking wheel spinning,” Taylor added. “Maybe if we all just kind of kept some shit to ourselves, maybe shit would fucking quiet down.”

In July, The New York Times expounded on the impetus behind anti-maskers’ adverse ideas and actions. Regarding the scientific dilemmas surrounding the novel coronavirus, opinion writer Charlie Warzel suggested that public health experts have “eroded trust by not accurately communicating uncertainty and by being stubborn about correcting the record when our understanding evolved.”

Taylor’s debut solo album, CMFT, arrives on Oct. 2.

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Corey Taylor: ‘We’ve Forgotten How to Have a Conversation’

Corey Taylor stepped away from social media last year, now choosing to use an intermediary if he wants to post something, and during a chat with Philadelphia’s 93.3 WMMR, the Slipknot vocalist spoke about some of the negative behaviors he’s seen come from social media’s interaction.

“I think it’s one of the reasons why nobody talks to each other anymore — because they’re so used to just exploding with no chance for a rebuttal that we’ve forgotten how to have a conversation,” states Taylor.

“I’m gonna call it right now,” he adds. “There will soon be classes in college that teach people how to have conversations again. You watch. I’m telling you. It’s that type of retrograde destruction of the way we communicate that is forcing people into these places where they feel like they have no room but what they believe and they’re constantly just doing this [presses fists against each other].”

He explains, “In the past, we could have differences of opinion, but depending on what your mindset, your mentality, just who you were as a person, that would kind of create how you were in a conversation. You could have a conversation and a difference of opinion, and people wouldn’t pile on you, people wouldn’t troll on you, people wouldn’t get violent, people wouldn’t get just destructive. And that, to me, I think that’s the thing that social media has killed. For something called social media, it’s not really social, is it? It’s a dumpster fire.”

During the chat, Taylor says that he hasn’t been tempted to rejoin social media over the past year, even with the pandemic. “If anything, it’s reinforced me staying off of it. Honestly, I don’t even have the passwords anymore. I have somebody who I use to run my sites. Every once in a while, I’ll tell them something to post on there. But the interaction is such garbage on there.”

With Slipknot currently on a break from touring due to the pandemic, Taylor has pushed forward his debut solo album. CMFT is due Oct. 2 via Roadrunner Records.

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Corey Taylor: Releasing Music ‘Most Important Thing’ in Pandemic

Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor was the latest guest on Full Metal Jackie’s weekend radio show. The singer discussed his very first solo album, CMFT, which will be out Oct. 2, and how it was originally intended to be released next year, but the pandemic situation forced his hand.

Despite bumping his plans ahead a full year, Taylor insisted it was the right move and he feels a certain responsibility to keeps fans satiated with new music while the world deals with the coronavirus and yearns for a return to live events. With the most time off the road he’s had in over two decades, the rocker also stressed the importance of living in the moment and appreciating all the time he has with his family right now.

Corey, you’ve always been on the move touring or writing with one of your many bands. It seems like the idea of a solo record has always existed, but do you think you would have been able to it had it not been for COVID?

My plan was to go in and do this and actually in January and February of 2021, but COVID just moved my plans up.

It’s funny because I always forget that I’ve talked about this off and on for the last 10 to 12 years, but it wasn’t something that I ever really seriously gave thought to. The first time I really started talking about a solo album, it was really connected with JBKB [Junk Beer Kidnap Band], which was one of my several side project bands and it never really got off the ground.

I started seriously thinking about it, honestly, a couple of years ago — that’s when it really kind of took shape. But yeah, I was gonna go in and do this at the beginning of next year, and then it just made more sense to go and do it now.

You did this record at Kevin Churko’s The Hideout Record Studio with producer Jay Ruston. I read that you did in two-and-a-half weeks. You recorded 25 songs. I mean, were you working 20 hours a day or were these songs you had already written?

I’d already written everything. We’d written and demoed everything that we went in with and we did 13 originals, did six covers and then we did six acoustic versions of the 13 originals that we went in with.

For some reason we were just cooking. We recorded everything pretty much 99 percent live, so we didn’t lose any time. We spent more time drinking coffee and really just kind of chewing the fat and laughing than we did going in and really tracking all the music. It was so ridiculous. It just came together so quickly.

We were finishing a song a day. We got to the point where we’re done and we were just like, “No, no. We don’t want to be done, we’ve got to think of something else to do and we’ve already done everything, man.” It was crazy.

Corey Taylor, “CMFT Must Be Stopped” (Feat. Tech N9ne + Kid Bookie)

Corey, life usually dictates art. What does CMFT reflect about your life?

This album is really a look at some of the different genres and songs and songwriters and bands that have influenced me since day one, basically. This is really a look at the stuff that you don’t get to see represented in either Slipknot or Stone Sour.

This is more of a reflection of the stuff that I do when I go out and do the Corey Taylor and Friends shows, which is all covers, but there’s a certain type of cover that I go for. What really is represented here is that sense of joy that comes with writing songs and playing songs and hearing them back and then seeing people really just have so much fun listening to this stuff. That’s what this album is. This album’s journey is meant to show you just how much joy you can get from loving what you do.

You probably realized everything you dreamed as a kid about being a musician and you’ve also experienced all the pitfalls of the music industry. Once you’ve done it all, what changes about your reasons for making music?

It’s interesting. I haven’t run out of that excitement about making music yet. I think that’s what changes people — they stop getting excited. Or maybe the reasons they were making music in the first place were never as honest as they’d let on.

Sometimes, when people reach a certain amount of success, all of a sudden the music they keep making doesn’t seem as vital or energetic. Whereas for me, it’s the same reason I’ve been making music since I was 13 — just this pure love for making music and playing music for people. That’s all it’s even been for me.

The money comes and goes, but the money gets spent. The fame comes and goes, but the fame turns into something different. If you’re not left with something that you can be proud of at the end of the day, and what was the point of it? So for me, that’s why it’s the same thing since I was young and really learning music — just the love for playing music and writing music.

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Corey, what exhilarates you and intimidates you about making a solo album?

The exhilaration is really just having fun with my friends and knowing that I can put a set together that represents a bunch of the stuff that I’ve written over the years with both bands and then a bunch of stuff that I’ve written just on the side.

Doing a handful of covers and stuff, I know that I could go onstage and play a completely different type of show, and then that show can really change at any second, almost like a [Bruce] Springsteen show where you never know what you’re going to get when we go onstage. That’s the exhilaration.

The intimidation factor is the fact that it’s me. There’s nobody else to hide behind. There’s no safety blanket of a Slipknot. There’s no band to tuck in the back of with Stone Sour. It’s just me.

That’s one of the reasons why I waited this long to do it was because I was comfortable with that fact. I’m okay with that. It would be different if I was putting my name on something that I didn’t believe in [like if] I’d let somebody else do all the work for me and write all the songs produce it and stuff.

But this is all from me. I co-produced with Jay, I wrote all the songs on this album, with the exception of one. I really believed in this and I’m prepared to go out and fight for it. Because of that, that intimidation factor really is even more exhilarating than just the knowledge that I’m going to go and do it with a bunch of friends.

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The coronavirus has completely changed life for all touring musicians. What’s been the biggest adjustment for you to make, not being on the road?

The biggest adjustment is getting used to just being home. This is the longest I’ve been off the road in over 20 years. There’s definitely that moment of being careful what you wish for because there are definitely times on the road where I wish I was home with my family. But then you’re at home and then you wish you’re on the road, so it’s almost like a double-edged sword.

It’s really about being in the moment and just being present and taking advantage of this because I know as soon as things get back to normal, as soon as things really start to get back to where I’m back on the road, I’m going to be on the road for a while and I need to make sure that I’m really taking advantage of being with my family, being with my kids, and just being normal before everything becomes abnormal again.

The coronavirus has upended life for everyone. How does music, either listening to it or creating it, factor in your staying positive through this pandemic?

It’s about just getting that song in your heart basically. I know it’s a cliché, but you know, it’s true. It’s about a little bit that you can do for everybody because everybody’s hurt right now and I’m certainly not going to sit here and say that this is putting me behind the eight ball when I know there are people out there who have no jobs and they are at the risk of losing their apartments or houses or everything.

That’s where our job as entertainers comes in handy the most. The most important [thing] is making sure that people at least have music to turn to, have something positive and at least a positive message of, “If you can just hold on for a little longer things can get back to normal.”

It’s just as important now, maybe even more important now for me to make sure that I’m entertaining people and giving people that bliss that they need, because sometimes all we have in life is music. All I’ve ever really had is being able to share that with people and maybe make a difference in their life. That’s got to be the biggest thing.

Thanks to Corey Taylor for the interview. Follow Corey Taylor on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Spotify and pre-order your copy of ‘CMFT’ here (as Amazon affiliates we earn on qualifying purchases). Find out where you can hear Full Metal Jackie’s weekend radio show here.

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