On October 3, SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor was interviewed by Argentina’s Vorterix radio station prior to the band’s concert in Buenos Aires. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On whether he thinks SLIPKNOT has a chance to follow in the footsteps of bands like DEEP PURPLE and BLACK SABBATH and become a truly “historic” act:
Corey: “Maybe. You know, as long as the fans are with us… It’s out of our hands. The fans are the ones that put us where we are. And that’s kind of the beautiful thing about it. We just do what we do, and the fans kind of lift us up and they put us in that area. We just headlined Rock In Rio [in Brazil] for the first time, and it was fantastic. It was so beautiful, it was so emotional, and it was just everything that we wanted it to be. And it was probably one of the best shows we’ve ever played. And everybody was talking about it for days afterwards. So, for us, it’s obviously something that we aspire to be. I mean, we pay respect to the bands that came before us, and we try to show respect to the bands that are coming up after us. So if we can be that band that kind of sets that tone as well again, then why not? Why not us?”
On how playing with new SLIPKNOT members, bassist Alessandro “Vman” Venturella and drummer Jay Weinberg, is different to the way it was when Paul Gray and Joey Jordison were still in the band:
Corey: “I try not to think about it, to be honest, ‘cause then it’s trying to compare something that is very different. For me, it was just about finding our groove instead of trying to copy the vibe that we had before. It was about adapting to a new backbeat, a new backbone, a new rhythm section, and just kind of letting that happen and us kind of falling in with it. It was a compromise. When you’re in a band, there’s a lot of compromise, and you have to find that pocket and that beautiful spot where everyone is really kind of doing their own thing and feeling really good about it. So I just kind of look at it as the new phase, basically, and [I’m] just trying to enjoy it for what it is. I try not to compare it too much.”
SLIPKNOT’s latest album, “.5: The Gray Chapter”, sold 132,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week of release to land at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 chart.