Corey Taylor On Touring Australia & Halloween

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Slipknot are set to kick off their Australian tour today! It will be their first shows in the country since Soundwave Festival 2015, and we were lucky enough to speak with frontman Corey Taylor.

Your Aussie tour starts today, what’s it like being back?

Words cannot describe how excited we are to come down. It’s one of our favourite places to play. We’re really looking forward to coming down and blowing these shows out. I think people are going to be really, really happy when they see us play. We’re really excited, we can’t wait. I just hope everyone has as much fun as we do.

It’s been 16 years since your first Australian tour, any fond memories?

That one club we played – I wanna say it was in Melbourne – and it was 110 degrees on stage and I fainted during Surfacing and luckily I came to just before the vocals were due to kick back in, I mean it was insane. 

Halloween is nearly here. You’re playing Melbourne on the 31st, do you notice more masks at Halloween?  

We always hope - no matter what day it is really - we hope that people will come out and either put their own mask together or wear one of ours and just kind of share in the spirit of it all, but it doesn’t stop us from having a great time. We’re trying to figure out how we can step our game up as far as like Halloween in the southern hemisphere – this is a first for us as well. So it’s going to be interesting to see what we come up with. 

In the past, Maggots have come dressed as all kind of things, just for the hell of it. Like those guys who dressed as surgeons in Sydney that time…

Yea but that’s what’s cool about it. Y’know this band has always really tried to really capture the imagination. To challenge the creativity of it all and challenge what you think of a band that dresses like us or a band that plays the kind of music that we do. We’ve always tried to push peoples understanding and thinking about what that means, what it could mean and what the possibilities could mean and with every album we’ve tried to step it up and step it up and make something artistic. Something that’s meaningful and something that brings out ether the good or the bad in people. No matter what that manifests as it’s still kind of amazing to see what comes out of people when they come to the show. 

Was there ever a favourite Halloween costume from childhood?

The funny thing is for the longest time we were too poor to do costumes and stuff so I didn’t really do it. I had a couple when I was a kid but the first real one that I can remember really having was when I went as the grim reaper when I was 13. That was really the last time I dressed in a costume but I went all out. I cut a giant black cloak, I made a scythe out of a broomstick and cardboard and aluminium foil. I had skeleton gloves and I just walked around creeping out my friends. It was pretty funny but at 13 or 14 that’s usually when you’re starting to cut it out, you’re getting older and suddenly you just want to hang out with your friends. 

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