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Slipknot’s Corey Taylor on Nearly Joining Anthrax: ‘I Wanted It So Bad’

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As we’ve come to know over the years, Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor is a man of many projects. But at one point in his career, Taylor nearly became the frontman for Anthrax.

During a recent appearance on the ‘Talk Is Jericho‘ podcast with Chris Jericho, Taylor revisited how he almost became the vocalist for the metal vets and how upset he was that it didn’t happen.

Taylor says that the idea started after he was invited to join Scott Ian and Frank Bello for an acoustic jam performance in New York. He recalled to Jericho, “We started jamming and we had a blast and then we went to dinner somewhere after and someone, I don’t remember who it was, jokingly said, ‘Why don’t you sing for us?’ And we all laughed and then we got real quiet, and we were like, ‘Well, why don’t I?'”

This had come at a time in between Taylor’s ‘Come What (Ever) May’ album with Stone Sour and Slipknot’s ‘All Hope Is Gone.’ It also took place not long after Anthrax had split with Dan Nelson. “They [Anthrax] were like, ‘We don’t know what to do,'” says Taylor. “I hope he gets kneecapped or something the way he treated that band,” adds the vocalist, before quickly dropping that thought.

Taylor already had a long relationship with the band at that point and had considered writing something with them several times over the years. He says, “With Anthrax it’s very quite depressing ’cause I was literally ready to fly to Chicago to start writing with them. Charlie [Benante] and Scott [Ian] had sent me a bunch of music and I was writing lyrics to it and a lot of stuff actually ended up on ‘Worship Music.’ Not my lyrics, but musically, so when I heard it I was like, ‘I recognize that, I recognize that.'”

Unfortunately for Taylor, Roadrunner Records stepped in and wouldn’t allow him to do it, as they were pushing for his return to Slipknot to record the ‘All Hope Is Gone’ album.

The vocalist concludes, “In retrospect, I’m glad it happened the way it did, but it still sucked cause I wanted it so bad. I love those dudes. But they got Joey [Belladonna] back and that album is amazing. ‘Worship Music’ is one of the reasons why we went with Jay Ruston to mix the ‘House of Gold and Bones’ album.”

You can hear Taylor’s entire chat with Chris Jericho in the ‘Talk Is Jericho‘ stream from Podcast One below.

Listen to Corey Taylor on Chris Jericho’s ‘Talk Is Jericho’ Podcast From Podcast One

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