In many ways, The end. So far marks the end of an era for Slipknot, although the band have been careful that the title of the album does not mean the end of their career. But at this point, there’s some time for reflection, and in a chat with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, vocalist Corey Taylor was asked about the band’s late former drummer, Joey Jordison.
The singer shared, “As you get older, you start to appreciate what you have and you lament the losses. You lament the fact that you’ve never really had to make peace with the people you’ve lost, and that’s is something that I’ve done just in my own lifetime, reaching out to people I haven’t talked to in a while and really burying hatchets because it’s just going to weigh you down.
He adds: “Me and Joey, we had spoken from time to time over the years, it would just be random, but we never said to each other what to say to each other, at least I did not say to Joe, but that was what was complicated about Joey was the fact that he was so many different people in one person, but it was hard to know what was going on at any given time. demons that would have killed normal people. He was one of the true musical geniuses I’ve ever met. He was just complicated.
Then, adding another member of Slipknot who had replaced late bassist Paul Gray to the conversation, Taylor continued, “Everyone likes to water down a lot of shit after the fact, but you don’t realize what you’re doing is that you’re dehumanizing them. I can’t do that because I lived with those guys. Yeah, and the fucking tragedy is that we did everything we could to try to be there. Not just for him, but for Paul. I mean, we would like to rally and we would rally and we would rally, and that’s just a shame, man. The world is less cool without him.”
Elsewhere in the chat, Taylor says the deaths of the two original band members also impacted relationships within the band. “I have to be honest, man, it wasn’t until we lost Paul and Joey, and I’m even talking recently, that we really all turned to each other and said, ‘You know what? I need you to know how much I appreciate you. Even knowing that you’re completely different from me as a person, and that we’ve been running in completely different circles for so long. I love who you are and I love what we’ve done together,” Taylor says. to be really at war with each other because they weren’t what I wanted them to be, let’s put it that way. It’s been huge, man. It was huge for us.
While the deaths of Jordison and Gray are two of the most painful experiences Taylor has had in the band’s career, the singer tells Lowe that the present finds him in “the best frame of mind of my life.”
He explains, “My life is very simple right now. Let’s put it that way, and I love it. Sitting here right now with the state of my family, the state of my relationship, my marriage, where I’m professionally, spiritually, I’m in probably the best frame of my life, man. That’s awesome. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to know that I I always go after the things I want to do. I spend time with the people I want to spend time with and I get to do it on my own terms. That’s been a big thing for me, because in the past, i was surrounded by people who would just push me in the directions they wanted me to go, or they would do it for their own personal benefits, make me do certain things or show me certain things or wear me out giving full access to me, to people who didn’t deserve it. put it that way.”
He adds: “It’s going to push you down. That’s one of the biggest triggers for depression is feeling like your life isn’t in your control or whatever because that life is what it is. But at the same time, if you don’t feel like you’ve mastered at least that, it will drive you into the ditch. So for me, the biggest part has been reaffirming my own grip on what’s good for me, what’s good for my family, what’s good for what I want to do in life and reconfigure the energy I put into different shit.”
Listen to Corey’s follow-up conversation with Zane Lowe in which he discusses pushing the boundary with the band’s new album, his appreciation for Slipknot, his gratitude for fans, and drummer Jay Weinberg’s growing presence on the roster. of the group. The chat can be viewed below.
Noose The end so far the album arrives this Friday (September 30). Pre-orders can be made here.
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*Last updated July 29, 2022. We still need time for the rest of the new album!