Slipknot's Corey Taylor Is Tired Of Touring: 'I Would Probably Step Away From Slipknot'

25 February 2016 | 10:18 am | Staff Writer

Frontman opens up on his future in the band.

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After nearly 20 years as the frontman of the hugely-successful heavy metal outfit Slipknot, singer Corey Taylor has revealed in a new interview that he may be winding down from the idea of touring and in an effort to ensure the band's future, he would consider stepping away from the group. 

As Blabbermouth reports (via the 'Someone Who Isn't Me' podcast), Taylor was asked if he had grown tired of touring, to which he replied, "You know, honestly, if you'd asked me a year ago, I would have said no. But, I mean, just now…I'm just kind of starting to…I'm 42. I'm not young anymore.

"And as willing as my will is, I'm just beat up, man. I mean, I might as well be 60 in Slipknot years, for Christ's sake."

Taylor, also the lead singer for Stone Sour, said that while he was unsure whether he would retire from music altogether, "I might step away from Slipknot at some point, just because the way the music is, and that sense of energy, I don't know if I could be able to do that into my fifties," he explained.

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"And I would never want the band to feel like I was holding them back, because I just couldn't physically do it. So that means I wouldn't completely quit music. I would probably just step away from Slipknot."

Taylor went on to talk about the band's future material and revealed that they have discussed taking their style of music in a new direction. 

"...Me and [Slipknot percussionist] Clown have talked about that a bit…where the band is going to go," Taylor said. 

"Because we've done it — we've done the crazy some point, we'll have to evolve again. 'Cause we've evolved with every album. At some point, it has to mean something other than just the fucking insanity.

"And I think, in a lot of ways, it does now, but we're all still young enough that we can pull it off physically. So it'll be interesting to see, 'cause I think, in the future, we'll make it less about the angst and the insanity and more about the creativity, because there's so many creative people in this band that… I mean, fuck, man, we could make, you know, twelve albums of just crazy, gnarly shit and it wouldn't have to be just balls-out war every time."

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