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Corey Taylor: ‘I Might Step Away From Slipknot at Some Point’

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Slipknot are on top of the musical world, but when you exude the amount of energy that the band puts into their performances, it does pay a toll physically. During a chat with Daniel P. Carter’s Someone Who Isn’t Me podcast, frontman Corey Taylor expressed that it is possible that he might eventually leave the band when he gets older.

“You know honestly, if you’d have asked me a year ago I would have said no. But just now, I’m just kind of starting to … I’m 42, I’m not young anymore and as willing as my will is, I’m just beat up man,” says Taylor. “I mean I might as well be 60 in Slipknot years for christ sake.”

He adds, “I don’t know if I would retire, [but] I might step away from Slipknot at some point, just because the way the music is, that sense of energy. I don’t know if I could be able to do that into my 50s. And I would never want the band to feel like I was holding them back because I just couldn’t physically do it. So that means I wouldn’t completely quit music, I would probably just step away from Slipknot.”

In the past Taylor’s bandmate Shawn “Clown” Crahan has discussed the idea of passing the band down to a new generation of performers and keeping the legacy alive. Taylor also addressed his thoughts on the future, adding, “It’s something me and Clown have talked about, me and Clown have talked about that a bit … where the band is going to go. Because we’ve done it. We’ve done the crazy s–t, we’ve done … At some point we’ll have to evolve again. We’ve evolved with every album. At some point it has to mean something other than just the f–king insanity. And I think in a lot of ways it does not, but we’re all still young enough that we can pull it off physically.”

He continued, “It’ll be interesting to see cause I think that in the future we’ll make it less about the angst and the insanity and more about the creativity, because there’s so many creative people in the band, that … I mean f–k man, we could make like twelve albums of crazy, gnarly s–t that it wouldn’t have to just be balls out war every time. So it’s definitely something we’re thinking about, but at the same time you just never know.”

To hear more of Corey Taylor chat with Carter, check out the Someone Who Isn’t Me podcast here or via iTunes.

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