Exclusive GRAMMY.com Interview With Corey Taylor
GRAMMY-winning Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Taylor discussed his first GRAMMY win, new memoir, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Heaven (Or, How I Made Peace With The Paranormal And Stigmatized Zealots And Cynics In The Process), the difference between being an author and a musician, and preparing for new solo and Slipknot albums.
"I had all of these experiences with … paranormal activity and it just got to the point where I was like, 'Man, I've got all of these things that I can't explain and I'm not really happy with the answers that I've gotten from quote-un-quote experts," said Taylor regarding his book. "So I just kind of took it on myself to try to figure it out from a fairly different standpoint."
A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Taylor kicked off his career in 1992, co-founding the three-time GRAMMY-nominated alternative metal group Stone Sour, with whom he released Billboard 200 hit albums such as Come What (Ever) May (No. 4, 2006), Audio Secrecy (No. 6, 2010) and House Of Gold & Bones, Pt. 1 (No. 7, 2012). The group's most recent album, House Of Gold & Bones, Pt. 2, was released in March and peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard 200.
Taylor joined Slipknot in 1997, replacing original frontman Anders Colsefni. Taylor's tenure as the group's frontman includes the hit albums Slipknot (1999), Iowa (2001), Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) (2004), and All Hope Is Gone (2008), with the latter three albums reaching No. 3, No. 2 and No. 1 respectively on the Billboard 200. The group has earned seven GRAMMY nominations to date, including six Best Metal Performance nods for tracks such as "Wait And Bleed," "My Plague" and "Vermilion." Slipknot took home their first GRAMMY for "Before I Forget," which earned Best Metal Performance honors at the 48th GRAMMY Awards in 2005.
Published in June, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Heaven is Taylor's sequel to 2012's Seven Deadly Sins: Settling The Argument Between Born Bad And Damaged Good, which explores the "intersection of science, religion, and a possible afterlife." Both books landed on The New York Times' best-seller list.
Taylor is scheduled to perform with Slipknot at the Monsters of Rock festival on Oct. 19 in Sao Paulo.