SLIPKNOT/STONE SOUR's COREY TAYLOR Reveals New Book Plans
Harry of the Minneapolis, Minnesota radio station 93X conducted an interview with SLIPKNOT/STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor atSLIPKNOT's first-ever Knotfest, an extraordinary two-date metal and hard rock festival whch took place on August 17 in Council Bluffs, Iowa and August 18 in Somerset, Wisconsin. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked if he is planning to write another book following last year's "Seven Deadly Sins - Settling The Argument Between Born Bad And Damaged Good", Taylor said, "I'm working on book two right now. It's gonna be really cool. I'm about, I'd say. A quarter of the way through it, which is good, 'cause I don't have to turn it in until November. It's probably gonna stir up some pretty good beef with certain people, but I don't really care. The working title right now is 'A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Heaven', and it's basically my experiences with the paranormal, and ghost sightings, and occurences, and I've had a lot, enough that I'm writing a damn book about it. But it's actually… It's about how can I believe in ghosts, and not in God? So it's a very interesting conversation. And that's kind of what I wanted to do with 'Seven Deadly Sins', was start a conversation and get people thinking about it. Because the stuff that interests me is the stuff that nobody talks about. And I have the weirdest ideas pop into my head, and there's nobody there to talk about it with. So this is the perfect way for me to kind of start a conversation with a lot of people. Certain chapters will be specifically about the experiences that I've had in certain houses and whatnot, one of which is the mansion in L.A. where we recorded [SLIPKNOT's] 'Vol. 3'[album], and just kind of my take on the whole religion thing, so that's probably gonna get me in some deep hotwater, but I'm so used to it by now, it's not even funny."
Regarding whether he can envision himself writing a novel one day, Taylorsaid, "I feel like I've got a novel in me somewhere, but that's something… I was just talking to a buddy of mine about it, who's a writer as well, and he's nearly done with his first novel, and it's taken him 11-12 years to do it. And I can totally understand; it's a long process. I mean, you're creating a world, you're creating something from scratch. And it's always been easier for me to talk non-fiction than fiction. I'm kind of broaching it with the new STONE SOUR album, with the short story that accompanies the concept albums. But that was 12,000 words, which is a piece of piss — I mean, you've gotta get in, you do your thing, and there it is. And I had the added bonus of being able to have music tell a lot of the story as well, through the lyrics and whatnot. But yeah, I think some day. But I know me. I would never wanna out out something that I didn't back, that I didn't think was quality, that I didn't think was up to scratch. I have a very, very high yardstick when it comes to putting something out that's really amazinbg. So, for me, maybe down the line sometime, but nothing in the near future."
"Seven Deadly Sins - Settling The Argument Between Born Bad And Damaged Good" made the New York Times hardcover non-fiction best sellers list after it came out in July 2011, debuting at No. 26.
Taylor promoted the book by doing appearances where he read, performed a few songs and signed copies.
Released in the U.S. via De Capo Press, "Seven Deadly Sins - Settling The Argument Between Born Bad And Damaged Good" saw Taylorspeaking directly to his fans and sharing his worldview about life as a sinner. While the 256-page hardcover book was Taylor's personal story, it was also described as "a larger discussion of what it means to be seen as either a 'good' person or a 'bad' one."
Papa Roach Drops Out of Uproar Festival, Says The Connection Is Their “Most Fearless Record”
Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix isn’t ready to return to the stage. After canceling their recent Uproar Festival performance in Grand Rapids, Michigan due to the singer’s ongoing vocal cord problems, the band has now decided to pull out of the rest of the tour. Shaddix has been diagnosed with a nodule on his left vocal cord and will undergo corrective surgery to prevent further damage.
“It’s no secret that I’ve been having issues with my voice lately,” said Shaddix in a statement. “I was hoping to be able to go out there and kill it on this tour by resting and doing vocal exercises, but my voice has just gone out on me. I hate to let our fans down, but unfortunately surgery is the only way to fix it.”
Rather than add another headliner to the tour, Uproar Festival organizers have announced that all future concerts will feature longer performances from Shinedown,Godsmack, Staind and Adelitas Way on the main stage.
Papa Roach will release their seventh studio album, The Connection, on October 2. Shaddix says that he experienced some serious problems while recording the upcoming release, dealing with bouts of suicidal depression and struggling to keep his marriage of 15 years together.
“[When] I came into the record, I was a f**king mess,” Shaddix tells Rolling Stone. “I didn't want to write about what I was going through but the only way I found some comfort and peace is when I started to write and sing about it. To me, this was the most fearless record as far as my experience because it was tragedy in real time, right there on the microphone.”
The singer added that he overcame all the obstacles while making the album, and has reconciled with his wife. “Lo and behold, towards the end of making the record, my wife wants to work it out,” explains Shaddix. “We just celebrated 15 years married and it's crazy how that s**t works out.”
Coheed and Cambria to Premiere Video for “Domino the Destitute” on Tuesday; Announce More Tour Dates
Coheed and Cambria are ready to give you a taste of their upcoming, double-CD, sixth studio album.
The band has announced that they will post the video for “Domino the Destitute,” the first single from The Afterman, on Tuesday. The eight-minute long, black-and-white video will tell the story of Domino the Destitute, “a boxer who is fast on the rise, but who’s career comes crashing down in dramatic fashion.” The band will also make the track available for purchase on iTunes the same day.
In addition, fans who pre-order the band's box set, The Afterman Limited Deluxe Box Set: Amory Award Edition, will receive an immediate download of the single as well. That package will also include digital downloads of both The Afterman: Ascension and The Afterman: Descension when they are released, a VIP tour laminate that allows early entry at all of the band’s headlining shows, a 2-hour documentary of Coheed on the road, an artwork book and more. The Afterman: Ascension will be available on October 9, while the second album, The Afterman: Descension, is slated for release in February 2013.
In other Coheed and Cambria news, the band has just announced another string of fall tour dates, kicking off October 16 at the House of Blues in Cleveland, OH. Here are the tour dates:
10/16 -- Cleveland, OH, House of Blues
10/17 -- Cincinnati, OH, Bogart’s
10/18 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Piere’s
10/20 -- Madison, WI, Majestic Theatre
10/21 -- Sauget, IL, Pops Nightclub
10/23 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Diamond Ballroom
10/26 -- Springfield, MO, Gillioz Theatre
10/27 -- Nashville, TN, Marathon Music Works
Linkin Park’s 2012 World Tour Deemed “Storm Ready” By National Weather Service
Linkin Park has taken extra steps to safeguard their fans. The band’s 2012 world tour is the first tour to participate in the National Weather Service’s StormReady program, which was created to “enhance an organization's awareness, preparedness, response, recovery, emergency public notification, and public education related to hazardous weather events.” In addition, the plan helps to adjust the tour’s overall emergency management plan.
"It is vital to have an emergency preparedness plan in place when dealing with large venue events," said National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist Rick Smith in a statement. "Receiving the StormReady designation illustrates the concert tour's proactive approach to weather-related hazards and we have confidence that this accomplishment will establish a trend in the industry as a whole."
Linkin Park is currently trekking across North America on their co-headlining Honda Civic Tour with Incubus.
Frontman Brandon Boyd Says Incubus Won't Play Songs from 1995 Debut Album, Fungus Amongus, on Tour
Fans attending Incubus' current co-headlining tour with Linkin Park shouldn’t expect the band to play any music from their debut album, Fungus Amongus. Frontman Brandon Boyd says the 1995 release doesn’t quite mesh with the band’s current sound.
“A lot of that stuff [on Fungus Amongus] was us learning how to write music together and be a band,” Boyd tells Red Eye Chicago. “I never thought that it would catch any traction or see the light of day. What’s funny is people are still asking for a lot of those songs. We’re very happy that they exist, but we just as soon let them exist in recordings. I don’t even know if we’d know how to play them.”
In other Incubus news, Boyd has said that the band will go on hiatus after they complete their scheduled tour dates.