Can you imagine Slipknot without Corey Taylor? Probably not, but that might be a reality at some point in time. When speaking to BBC Radio 1 host Daniel P. Carter on the “Someone Who Isn’t me” podcast, the Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman says that he’s pondered leaving the Iowa band.
“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 forty-two; 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.”
He continued: “I don’t know if I would retire. 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. 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.”
Slipknot’s tour with Lamb of God last year and their Grammy nomination showed that they’re just as popular now as they were in the early 2000s with fans and critics alike. It’s not like the band is on a downward trend where it would make sense for Taylor to leave, and with a tour coming up this Summer with Marilyn Manson, he’s obviously not in any rush to. However, he’s got enough other stuff going on that his career wouldn’t be over by a long shot. Like Stone Sour, for example. They’re popular enough to sustain him financially and musically. He’s also an author that’s done spoken word tours and and voice work. So it’s not like he necessarily needs Slipknot. They probably need him though.
You can listen to the whole podcast here.
UPDATE: While it’s fairly obvious from the podcast that Taylor is just speaking hypothetically, he Tweeted that he’s not leaving the band:
I'M NOT QUITTING SLIPKNOT.
Listen to/read interviews IN CONTEXT not out. I talk about time off. This is why I dislike 'cut n paste' journos.
— MEGA-GEEK MELTDOWN!! (@CoreyTaylorRock) February 25, 2016