STONE SOUR‘s next covers EP, “Straight Outta Burbank”, is currently being mixed for a tentative late summer release. The effort will include cover versions of songs by BAD BRAINS, THE ROLLING STONES, SLAYER, MÖTLEY CRÜE and IRON MAIDEN. Making a guest appearance on STONE SOUR‘s rendition of THE ROLLING STONES classic “Gimme Shelter” will be HALESTORM singer Lzzy Hale.
In a recent interview, STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor said that the band’s third covers EP — titled “No Sleep ‘Till Burbank” — will also feature five songs, and will include new versions of tracks from the following artists: VAN HALEN, VIOLENT FEMMES, BUZZCOCKS, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE and AC/DC.
Released this past April as a Record Store Day exclusive , STONE SOUR‘s first covers EP, “Meanwhile In Burbank…”, contained songs originally done by BLACK SABBATH, JUDAS PRIEST, METALLICA, KISS and ALICE IN CHAINS.
Asked why STONE SOUR decided to release three separate EPs of covers, Taylor said: “This is something we’ve been talking about for years. And we decided, instead of putting it all on one, and trying to make that work, we were, like, ‘Let’s have fun with it.’ It was kind of the same spirit of why we wanted to do ’em in the first place — is ’cause we wanted to have fun, just to kind of take the edge off, take the pressure off and just go in and have fun and kind of show the world what got us into making music in the first place. So we broke it up into three. That way, we could kind of play with the artwork, make it fun for the fans, and just have a good time with it. ‘Cause we’re making our nut on covers. But at the same time, when you do something like that, you wanna represent to the best of your ability. And by spacing it out and letting the fans get into five at a time, nothing gets lost in the shuffle. It just felt like by doing it that way, people would have time to digest each five before the next one comes on.”
Regarding the “Burbank” tie-in in the titles of the three EPs, Taylor explained: “[Burbank, California is] where [STONE SOUR drummer] Roy [Mayorga] lives, and we did all the music in his home studio. So I was just, like, ‘Dude, the title’s gotta be, ‘Meanwhile In Burbank…’ And then it just became, like, ‘How can we play on that?’ ‘No Sleep ‘Till Burbank’… ‘Straight Outta Burbank’… It was just hilarious. At one point, I wanted us to dress like a black metal band in his front yard and play volleyball. Because there’s this giant palm tree in the front, and there’s always sun and people walking their kids, or whatever, and we’re dressed like MAYHEM. And we didn’t have time, ’cause [STONE SOUR bassist Johny] Chow is out with CAVALERA [CONSPIRACY], and Roy‘s been doing some stuff. So we just didn’t have that time where we were all in the same state. But I was, like, ‘We’ve gotta remember that one, ’cause that could be rad.'”
Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio why he enjoys covering other artists’ songs. “The thing I love about playing covers is that it’s a chance to walk in the footsteps of your heroes,” he said. “It’s a chance to have fun. There’s a certain amount of relaxation that comes when you don’t have to worry about your song. This is someone else’s song, you know. This is where you can relax and just remember why you’re a music fan in the first place.”
On its last North American tour, STONE SOUR played a different cover every night, including songs that made the EP such as METALLICA‘s “Creeping Death”, KISS‘s “Love Gun” and JUDAS PRIEST‘s “Heading Out To The Highway”.
Taylor is currently on tour with his other band, SLIPKNOT, and did not indicate when the next two covers EPs will see the light of day.
Guitarist Christian Martucci joined STONE SOUR in late 2013 as the replacement for Jim Root, who was fired from the group after deciding he wanted to sit out the band’s last tour in order to start work on the next album from SLIPKNOT, of which he is also a member.