Friday, July 17, 2015

Slipknot's Corey Taylor opens up for the first time about new members

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor was recently to "Talk Is Jericho" podcast about new members, below you can read some excerpts.

Taylor said: "Touring with the new members has been killer. It's been really, really good. It's been cool to watch them come out of their shells too. Because, at first, they weren't sure how far to go. I mean, that's the respect level… They're so respectful and they dig what we're doing so much that they don't wanna cross any boundaries. But they're having a really good time. So we were, like, 'Let's step it up. It's time. It's time. Start to get into it.' And Alex, our bass player, he's so into it that he's started to kind of come up to the front, really started to own it. Jay's just started to take it up. And, yeah, man, it's been really good. So every show has just gotten consistently better and better and better. Last night, we hadn't played in seven weeks, and we went on stage and, I mean, we could stop on a dime. It was incredible! And I'm talking about three songs that we hadn't played live, we had just rehearsed them a couple of times, and, dude, it was on!"

Jay Weinberg joined Slipknot as the replacement for drummer Joey Jordison, who was fired from the band in 2013. Taylor praised his former bandmate while describing Jay's contributions to Slipknot: "One of the great things about Joey was his capacity for the unexpected. 'Cause he could… Sometimes he could vibe on where we were, and he could either ramp it up or bring it down. So you really learned to play together. You didn't learn to play to that meter. You learned to play together. Jay is so consistent, and you don't realize how much you miss that until you get it. But he can still do all the crazy stuff, the reverse paradiddles and all that weird drum stuff. So it's cool. There are benefits to both."

He continued: "I have been lucky enough to jam with so many different drummers over the years that you really start to see that every drummer is different. They may be playing some of the same parts, but it's so different, because it's their thing."

"It's kind of cool, the way it all came together. It was almost kesmit, to be honest. 'Cause we didn't try out a lot of people. I mean, honestly, Jay was the only dude we tried out; he worked so well. He's been a fan since he was eight years old."

He continued: "We were sitting down trying to think of what to do next. And I can't remember if it was Clown or Slipknot manager Cory Brennan. They sat us down and were, like, 'You've gotta see this video.' 'Cause we all knew Jay, 'cause he had been coming… We would see him backstage with his dad. We would say, 'How are you doing? How's everything going? Oh, you're playing drums? Cool. Keep it up.' And Joey was a huge influence for him. So, all of sudden, we start seeing these videos of Jay playing, and we were, like, 'Whoah!' So, what we did was we booked a studio, and I won't go too much into the background of it, we booked a studio, we didn't even tell him what it was about. We just told him… We weren't even the ones telling him. We just told him, 'Be at this place with a set, at this time, for an audition.' And then we all walked in. And he was, like, 'Huh. Huh. Ehhhhhh…' And we started going through tunes, and he knew every tune. The ones he didn't, he knew half of it. It was insane. And that's how that started."

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