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Corey Taylor

Corey Taylor

Corey Taylor

Very few singers can claim to have fronted, not one, but two globally successful rock bands — least of all at the same time … unless they’re Corey Taylor. Born Corey Todd Taylor, in Des Moines, Iowa, on December 8, 1973, the future vocalist came from a broken home and faced both drug addiction and suicidal depression at an early age before finding his calling in music. With fellow Des Moines area musicians, Josh Rand (rhythm guitar), Shawn Economaki (bass) and Joel Ekman (drums), Taylor formed Stone Sour in 1992, but despite building a local following and recording a couple of demos in the years that followed, the alternative rock band made precious little career headway. In 1995, lead guitarist Jim Root joined their ranks, but within two years both he and Taylor would be whisked away into the masked nu-metal collective Slipknot, which subsequently rose to international fame on the strength of their platinum-selling debut for Roadrunner Records. In Slipknot, Taylor assumed the #8 as his own and typically remained hidden underneath his frightening, custom-made mask and uniform boiler suit. But his versatile talents couldn’t be concealed for long, and he was soon known by his given name as the band’s career continued to thrive, well into the third millennium. In 2002, Taylor also revived Stone Sour and proceeded to both tour and record with the group in between his commitments with Slipknot — while at the same time frequently lending his voice to guest appearances with name bands like Soulfly, Damageplan, Anthrax, Apocalyptica, and the Roadrunner United project — to name but a few.

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Slipknot’s Corey Taylor: I ‘Basically Broke My Neck’ Without Realizing It

After undergoing 'unplanned spinal surgery' late last week, Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor reveals he broke his neck and didn't even know it.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Slipknot Postpone Beginning of Tour as Corey Taylor Undergoes ‘Unplanned Spinal Surgery’

Slipknot have been forced to postpone their upcoming tour with Marilyn Manson as singer Corey Taylor has undergone 'unplanned spinal surgery.'

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Raphael Dias, Getty Images / Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Reacts to Rob Zombie’s ‘Rock Star’ Comments

Corey Taylor responds to Rob Zombie's recent comments that Slipknot are one of the few acts to have the 'rock star' mystique since the grunge era.

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Corey Taylor Weighs in on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Debate Between Gene Simmons and N.W.A.

Slipknot's Corey Taylor offers his opinion of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame debate between Gene Simmons and N.W.A.

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Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Tells a Backstage Marilyn Manson Underwear Story

Slipknot's Corey Taylor tells a backstage story about Marilyn Manson and his tighty whities.

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Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com
Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com

See a Photo Gallery of the Ozzfest Meets Knotfest Press Event + Video of Zakk Wylde Jamming Black Sabbath With Corey Taylor + David Draiman

At the Ozzfest Meets Knotfest press event, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor manned the mic on 'Fairies Wear Boots' while Disturbed vocalist David Draiman lent his voice to 'N.I.B.'

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Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com
Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com

Ozzfest Meets Knotfest Unveiled, Lineups Announced

Get ready for the merging of two of metal's biggest festivals!

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Corey Taylor: Ozzy Osbourne ‘Made My Life’ the First Time I Met Him

As Corey Taylor recalls, it was Ozzfest '99 and Slipknot were on the bill thanks to Ozzy's son Jack, who championed the band.

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Corey Taylor Reflects on Performing Prince’s Songs the Night of His Death

It just so happened that Slipknot / Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor had a gig scheduled in Prince's hometown of Minneapolis that night the night of his death.

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Ozzy Osbourne + Corey Taylor to Make ‘Special Announcement’ at May 12 Event

Ozzy Osbourne and Corey Taylor will make a special announcement at a May 12 event taking place at the Hollywood Palladium.

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