Slipknot‘s Corey Taylor sat down with The Guardian for a fan Q+A and, alongside admitting that his favourite flavour of crisp is “oxblood” and talking about speaking to the Pope, “I guess I would ask him: does he shit in the woods?”, he talked about the future of heavy metal and who’ll be headlining festivals and arenas once Iron Maiden and Metallica call it a day.
“Support from the fans. It has to start with the fans – if you find a band that you can get behind, they’ll headline festivals. That’s what Kiss did, that’s what Maiden did, that’s what Metallica did. You don’t just luck into that – it takes the support of the fanbase.
“There’s a handful of bands that are almost there. Bring Me the Horizon is knocking on that door. Bullet For My Valentine has that potential. Trivium are right on the cusp. It’s funny because some bands are bigger in some countries than others – we’re one of the few that can headline worldwide, and it takes a cohesive fanbase to elevate bands to that level.”
He also discussed what the rest of the year holds for Stone Sour, Slipknot and himself.
“Gonna tour with Slipknot up until November, and in between tours I’ll be writing demos with Stone Sour. Maybe even throw a book in, and a handful of solo acoustic shows. So same as it ever was – busy as usual.
“The tentative title of the book is America 51, kind of a nod towards Area 51: basically about how wonderfully fucked and irresponsibly abnormal my country is. It’s going to deal with everything from politics to social commentary – it’s going to piss off a lot of people in my country, but everyone else will love it.
“The current election cycle is a fucking mess. The only thing I can really compare it with was when the whole governor fiasco was going on in California, when Arnold Schwarzenegger won, and when everyone and his mother announced themselves as candidates. The fact that Donald Trump is still is viable candidate makes me want to eat my fucking shoes. There are too many candidates focused on dividing us, and not enough talking about bringing us together. And that’s one of the reasons why I support Bernie Sanders. And I will never support anyone who uses racism as a passive-aggressive way to win votes.”
“What isn’t left to achieve,” he reasons when asked what’s left to achieve. “If you’re not constantly looking for new ground creatively, then why continue to do it? As far as we’re concerned our success is only a byproduct of why we do this. Our reasons haven’t changed for doing what we do. We do this for the art, the music and the emotion. So once we feel like we’ve achieved that, maybe that’s when we’ll call it a day.”
Slipknot are currently on tour around the UK with Suicidal Tendencies and Sikth. Dates below.
10 London, Alexandra Palace
12 Birmingham, Genting Arena
13 Leeds, First Direct Arena
15 Belfast, SSE Arena