SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor has been on a solo tour for the past few weeks, combining acoustic performances with audience interaction and readings from his book “Seven Deadly Sins”. But Taylor has raised eyebrows on the tour by calling STONE TEMPLE PILOTS singer Scott Weiland a “lazy piece of shit” at one stop and bashing legendary producer Rick Rubin (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, SLAYER, AUDIOSLAVE, SYSTEM OF A DOWN, METALLICA) — with whom he worked on SLIPKNOT‘s 2004 album, “Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses)” — as “overrated” and “overpaid” at another, saying he’d never work with Rubin again “as long as I fucking live.”
Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio that he doesn’t regret what he said about Rubin at all. “It’s an honest answer to a perfectly reasonable question,” he said. “That was my take on it. Now if you asked somebody like Clown [Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan, SLIPKNOT percussionist] about the Rick Rubin experience, you’d get a totally different answer. But it is what it is. It’s my opinion. At the end of the day it’s not scripture. I’m gonna say what I’m gonna say — I don’t think enough people do. And if it gets me in trouble, it gets me in trouble. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. But I’m just gonna keep walking it.”
In a 2008 interview with Revolver magazine, SLIPKNOT percussionist Shawn Crahan stated about working with Rick Rubin, “‘Vol. 3’ was all about rebuilding friendships and since we were rebuilding, it was reall easy to rebuild the innovation of our music. Listen to that fucking record. It’s spiritual. Rick Rubin‘s the oracle. He sat us down with each other. I heard things from the other members I don’t care to repeat. I gained a couple of friends. I might have created a couple of enemies. We all agreed we were going to get on a plateau of communication and that’s what we did.”
In the same article, SLIPKNOT guitarist Jim Root was quoted as saying about Rubin, “Rick was really attentive to what we needed as a band. He knew I was going through major anxiety. I got a knock on my bedroom door one day, and his assistant came up and he had this herbal drop that you put on your tongue to mellow out. A lot of the guys in the band say Rick was unavailable. And yeah, he takes on a lot of projects at one time, but he also does things that are beneficial. He would listen to what we’d done, then have us retrack things that needed work. He’s kind of like Big Brother up on the hill. Even though he wasn’t there physically every day, he was. That’s my favorite record we’ve done.”
Also speaking to Revolver, Corey said, “I wouldn’t know what it’s like to work with Rick Rubin. I only saw him about four times. Rick Rubin is a nice man. He’s done a lot of good for a lot of people. He didn’t do anything for me. I’m not happy with the vocals on that record. There were a lot of takes that I thought were much better than the ones they fuckin’ used and I wasn’t asked about a lot of shit. It sounds amazing; the songs are great. But we were being charged horrendous amounts of money. And for me, if you’re going to produce something, you’re fucking there. I don’t care who you are.”
Taylor called out Weiland a few nights after his Rick Rubin rant for recording and releasing an album of holiday standards called “The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year”. He said about the disc, “Oh, it’s bad.”
Taylor continues his tour on Friday (December 9) at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey.
The singer will tour Australia and North America with SLIPKNOT next year, and also plans to head into the studio with STONE SOUR.