COREY TAYLOR: Mixed Feelings About Returning to Slipknot

Corey Taylor, vocalist in both Stone Sour and Slipknot, is rather bold when it comes to his mixed feelings about returning to action with Slipknot.  The band will be touring with a series of shows this summer which will be the first gigs since bassist Paul Gray’s death in May 2010.

Donnie Steele will be filling in on bass but even that doesn’t mean that things are all systems go for the full-on return of the band and Taylor is still having issues with the loss of Paul and grappling with assurance of Slipknot’s future.

“There’s a part of me that’s ready and there’s a part of me that’s not,” Taylor told “Weekly Chatter” in a phone interview. “Honestly, I have a lot of trepidation about it. I don’t know how to feel. I know a lot of the guys in the band are trying not to show that side, and I can’t.”

“He’s irreplaceable,” Taylor said. “Without Paul Gray, there would have been no Slipknot, and I mean that sincerely. So to me, it’s strange for me to think about the future of Slipknot without him.

“This tour coming up is definitely going to be like baby steps,” he said. “So it’s going to be a long time before I feel OK about it. I’m not saying that I’m not open to it. I’m just saying that I’m not there yet, and I don’t know how long it’s going to take me to get there. So we’re just going to have to see what happens. Only time will tell.”

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