Is Corey Taylor The New Singer of VELVET REVOLVER? Over SLIPKNOT?
Velvet Revolver, the once-supergroup featuring Slash and Duff McKagan have been looking for a singer ever since kicking out Scott Weiland. They have hinted they found a well known singer for the role whose style was a little "heavier" than Weiland's. Billboard.com, ever the sleuths, confronted Corey Taylor, a natural fit about the matter, and Taylor did not give a firm no, instead being very indirect. Here is what he said after Billboard asked point blank if he was the new singer:
"To be continued!" Taylor tells Billboard.com with a long, hearty laugh. Neither a confirmation nor a denial — and he's not saying anything more than that, either.
While he is being ambiguous about his status with Velvet Revolver, he is being very open with his current feelings on playing and recording with Slipknot in the wake of the passing of bassist Paul Gray:
"I go back and forth," he acknowledges. Though the group has three Sonisphere Festival shows this summer in Europe and is tipped to play at this year's Rock in Rio festival, Taylor says that "there are moments when I'm like, 'Let's keep going for (Gray),' and there are moments when I'm like, 'It's not the same without him.' Right now my main concern is baby steps. We lost a huge piece of our band. We lost a huge member of our family — in my opinion the biggest — and it's a different vibe now. So right now I'm just taking it step by step, and I can only hope that the other guys in the band are as well."
While other Slipknot members have spoken about starting a new album, Taylor says he's not nearly in that headspace.
"There's a lot of things I've got to figure out about myself before I can even contemplate that," he explains. "There's a big part of me that wonders if I'm the guy for that band anymore. I'm in such a different place in my life…musically, spiritually. I'm not the angry kid anymore. A lot of things don't mean the same to me anymore, and there's a lot of things I don't feel like saying anymore. Does it make sense anymore? We'll just have to see."
It's very intriguing how Taylor has lost interest in the band that brought him to the dance. At the same time, he already has established enough of a career outside of the band that he can live without it. But can the other members of the band go on to similar success as Taylor? Other than Stone Sour bandmate, Jim Root, no other bandmate has nearly the success and clearly needs Slipknot more than Taylor does. This will certainly be an interesting year for the 'knot.