Corey Taylor on Which He Prefers: Slipknot or Solo?
Corey Taylor has been a frontman and a solo artist, but which does he prefer?
That tricky question was posed in a new interview with BBC Radio 6 Music by Mary Anne Hobbs. When asked, “Slipknot or Solo?” Taylor opted for being a solo artist. However, his reason for that is that his solo career is still so new. Plus, there’s added freedom with being a solo artist compared to being in a band.
Interestingly, he did note, “Slipknot is something that can never be replaced in my heart, can never be replaced in my life, and I sincerely hope that I’m a part of it until I hang the mask up.”
Speaking of “hanging the mask up”: There have been two significant shakeups in Slipknot in 2023. First, sampler/keyboardist Craig Jones parted ways with the band. Jones’s exit was announced in a brief statement. It said, “To our fans, Slipknot is announcing that we have parted ways with Craig Jones. We wish Jones all the best for the future.”
Jones was a member of Slipknot for 27 years. He appeared on every single recording from the band, with the exception of their first demo, Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat., released 1996.
Second, and earlier this week, it was announced Slipknot and drummer Jay Weinberg parted ways.
Slipknot shared a statement via social media and their website saying, “We would like to thank Jay Weinberg for his dedication and passion over the past ten years. No one can ever replace Joey Jordison’s original sound, style or energy, but Jay honored Joey’s parts and contributed to the last three albums and we, the band, and the fans appreciate it.”
The statement concluded, “But as ever, Slipknot is intent on evolving. The band has decided to make a creative decision, and to part ways with Jay. We wish Jay all the best and are very excited for what the future holds.”
While this statement was deleted from social media hours after it was posted, it remains on Slipknot’s official website.