Slipknot’s Corey Taylor + More Talk Shop on ‘That Metal Show’
On the latest episode of VH1 Classic's 'That Metal Show,' the newer school collided with the old. Slipknot/Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor appeared on the show to discuss his book and his bands. He was joined by Night Ranger bassist/vocalist Jack Blades and guitarist Brad Gillis, who shared a vintage Ozzy Osbourne story and how they view their biggest hit, 'Sister Christian.'
Edie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson marveled at how Taylor, who fronts both Slipknot and Stone Sour, is able to work a crowd using his voice and his body, since his facial expressions are concealed by the masks he wears in the 'Knot. Just how does he do it? "If you start screaming at people, they will listen to you," Taylor said with a smile. You can't expect the man to reveal all his trade secrets, can you?
He also spoke about an upcoming covers EP that Stone Sour will release, and his recently released, briskly selling book. He revealed that Slipknot are taking small baby steps in the wake of the death of bassist Paul Gray, admitting that there is still "stuff that doesn't make sense," which is understandable.
As for Blades and Gillis, they revealed how their original moniker was "Ranger" and addressed how their poppiest song, 'Sister Christian,' went on to be their definitive hit. Eddie Trunk acknowledged that they were a "blazing, two-guitar, monster hard rock band." They joked that their label wanted more ballads, especially after 'Sister Christian' soared its way into our consciousness.
Gillis also recalled a classic Ozzy story. He received a call to go to New York and audition for Ozzy. Night Ranger were off tour and he was playing in another band at the time. He got the call at 8 AM on a Sunday and it was none other than Ozzy's missus, Sharon Osbourne! "She said, 'Bradley, this is Sharon, Ozzy's manager. I want to fly you to New York and audition,'" Gillis recalled.
He remembered thinking it was a hoax and a friend yanking his chain. He eventually auditioned for Ozzy and played a few songs. Ozzy told him to learn some more. He did and played with the Prince of Darkness back in '82.
This type of generational collision is what makes 'That Metal Show' so entertaining.