SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor has just finished a solo tour where he combined acoustic performances with audience interaction and readings from his book “Seven Deadly Sins”. But Taylor 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 — 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.”
Rubin has previously produced a number of platinum- and gold-selling releases — including those from RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, SLAYER, AUDIOSLAVE, SYSTEM OF A DOWN and METALLICA — and is currently helming the first studio album in 33 years from the reunited original lineup of BLACK SABBATH.
Despite Taylor‘s less-than-glowing opinion of Rubin‘s collaboration with SLIPKNOT, the singer tells Loudwire that the famed producer will likely work well with SABBATH members Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi and Bill Ward.
“This is one of those instances I actually think Rick Rubin is perfect for,” Taylor says. “He gets out of the way and will let them get down to it.”
Taylor adds, “I can only hope they record it in the right way. I can only hope they get to do something righteous and not just something to make a buck. I think with Geezer and Tony pushing it forward, and, obviously, Bill and Ozzy, I think it will be fantastic. I am looking forward to a riff fest!”
Taylor also revealed that he’s about to dig into Iommi‘s memoir, “Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven And Hell With Black Sabbath”, which landed at position No. 35 on the New York Times “Hardcover Nonfiction” best sellers list.
“I just got Tony Iommi‘s book. It was actually sent to me and signed personally signed by Tony Iommi,” he reveals. “And it was completely unexpected. It says, ‘To Corey, all the warmest regards, Tony.’ That was really, really cool, man. That was really cool. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but I’m really looking forward to it.”
Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio that he doesn’t regret what he previously 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.”
Taylor will tour Australia and North America with SLIPKNOT next year, and also plans to head into the studio with STONE SOUR.