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Slipknot frontman “uncertain” about band’s future

By | Published on Tuesday 8 March 2011


While some members of Slipknot have been keen to assure everyone that they will continue as a band, despite the death of bassist Paul Gray from a drug overdose in May last year, frontman Corey Taylor has said this is not necessarily the case.

The band have various live shows coming up as part of the Sonisphere touring festival, but Taylor says these are more about testing the water than announcing a return.

Speaking to Undercover, he said: “It’s never gonna be the same, so there’s no way I can look at it any differently than that. If it happens… if it happens … there’s such a huge piece missing now – a piece that the fans can’t even understand. Honestly, it drives me nuts trying to explain it to them. I mean, Paul always was that unconscious, almost lynchpin that held everything together and he had such a great mind for the music that we created that without him, I don’t see it happening very soon, let’s put it that way”.

On the subject of Sonisphere, he said: “Obviously, we’re doing these shows in the summer at Sonisphere and that’s pretty much gonna be us dipping a toe in the water to see what happens. To me, it’s baby steps. I think everybody’s racing ahead without realising that we kind of have to pick ourselves up first”.

As for bandmates saying otherwise, he added: “Everyone needs to be realistic about it and it seems like I’m the only one who’s being realistic. And it’s a heavy responsibility to be the guy who is kind of coming off as the doomsayer. But at the end of the day, that’s respect. I’m not just racing right ahead and going, ‘Oh yeah, we’re gonna go!’ I lost my brother last year, and people need to understand that and respect it before I start getting all ‘hip, hip hooray’ about everything. There’s not a part of me that’s very happy about jumping up on stage without Paul; it’s gonna be very, very weird”.

In other news, publisher De Capo Press will release Taylor’s first book, ‘The Seven Deadly Sins: Settling The Argument Between Born Bad And Damaged Good’, a semi-autobiography, on 12 Jul.