Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Corey Taylor: "Who are we to decide when it's time for AC/DC to be done or not?"
During the question-and-answer of his May 8 solo show at Koko in London, England, Corey Taylor was asked to give his opinion about AC/DC and Axl Rose. You can read some excerpts below.
He said: "That's an interesting question. You're not the only one to ask me that. There are several ways to look at that situation. There are AC/DC fans who are, like, 'You know what? I just wanna see them play for, like, the last eight, nine shows and then see what happens.' There are other people who are, like, 'Fuck that! I don't like the way they handled the whole Brian situation,' which I can totally see. However, none of us are behind the scenes. None of us know what's been going on. None of us know anything. And I learned that lesson with the Guns N' Roses thing. I mean, I'm talking about… I'm a huge Guns N' Roses fan. So when the classic GN'R lineup started to kind of come back together, I was, like, 'Meh.' But then, talking to some of them, I really saw the whole picture and was, like, 'Okay, I can get behind this.'"
Taylor continued: "So I don't know enough about what is going on behind the scenes [in the AC/DC camp]. I can certainly appreciate the fact that Angus Young wants to finish those shows. 'Cause here's the thing you've gotta understand: he's been doing gigs since he was 17 years old. He has been giving everything, and I mean everything he's fucking got, night after night after night after night for fucking fifty years. Who are we, who are we to decide when it's time for AC/DC to be done or not? Am I fucking right, or am I fucking right?"
Corey added: "Is it gonna be the same? No! Nothing's ever the same. I don't think it was the same after fucking Phil Rudd left. So it's never gonna be the same. You know what I'm saying? For me… The biggest bumout for me is that Malcolm Young won't be a part of those shows; that's the saddest part of that. I mean, I feel bad for Brian, as a singer, but the saddest part of that is that Malcolm won't be a part of those last eight shows, and he fucking should be. That man has written every fucking song they did. So that's me. That's me. I can go either way with it, but because I don't know a lot about it, I'm not gonna make any judgments."