Corey Taylor Wants to Make a “Whiskey Jazz” Solo Album
Back in 2019, Corey Taylor said in an interview that he’d like to make a “dark jazz” album. “It won’t sell shit, ” he offered. “It would really just be for my own personal collection. I love jazz. A lot of people don’t realize that. I listen to a lot of ’40s and ’50s jazz,” before adding that he’s already worked up a couple of Stone Sour and Slipknot jazz covers.
Now, some two and a half years later, The Man Whose Importance Eclipses That of the Invention of the Wheel™ has revisited that idea, this time calling it “whiskey jazz,” a decidedly spicier but no less intriguing label than the aforementioned “dark jazz.” Chatting with fans virtually as part of this year’s GalaxyCon, he said:
“I definitely want to do a jazz album at some point. I talked about it in a couple of different interviews and stuff. But I definitely have a certain style of jazz that I kind of gravitate towards more — like a dirtier size of jazz; the whiskey jazz is what they call it… I definitely still want to do a darker acoustic album.
“I don’t write stuff like that all the time, and the reason I don’t do that is because it’s so easy for me; I can write that shit in my sleep. I like tripping out on all the genres that I grew up listening to and trying to create some amalgam hybrid that is exciting and kind of pops and gets people into the stuff that I was listening to.
“Other than that, I don’t know, man. I’ve done it all.”
Of course Taylor can “write that shit in [his] sleep”! He’s Corey Mothafuckin’ Taylor! He can do anything!
A “whiskey jazz” album from Taylor sounds more interesting to me than new Slipknot, frankly, but I’m sure I’m in the very small minority on that.
Slipknot have been working on a new album on and off for most of this year, and Taylor recently revealed that it’s just about done save his vocals on three remaining tracks. He described the new material as “some darker, heavier shit.”
Taylor announced last week that he’d contracted Covid-19 after finishing up a solo tour. He describes the illness as “the worst” he’d ever been sick, but stressed certainty that the vaccination he received prevented it from being even worse. He is now fully recovered.
Slipknot will be on the road with Killswitch Engage, Fever 333 and Code Orange starting in late September. Dates:
Sep. 25 – Des Moines, IA – National Balloon Classic Field (Knotfest Iowa) [tickets]
Sep. 28 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre [tickets]
Sep. 29 – Milwaukee, WI – American Family Insurance Amphitheater [tickets]
Oct. 01 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center [tickets]
Oct. 02 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre [tickets]
Oct. 03 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater [tickets]
Oct. 05 – Syracuse, NY – Lakeview Amphitheater – Syracuse [tickets]
Oct. 08 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center [tickets]
Oct. 09 – Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre [tickets]
Oct. 10 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center [tickets]
Oct. 12 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion [tickets]
Oct. 13 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live [tickets]
Oct. 15 – Burgettstown, PA – S&T Bank Music Park [tickets]
Oct. 17 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion [tickets]
Oct. 19 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre [tickets]
Oct. 20 – West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre [tickets]
Oct. 22 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek [tickets]
Oct. 23 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre [tickets]
Oct. 24 – Pelham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre [tickets]
Oct. 26 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP [tickets]
Oct. 28 – Del Valle, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater [tickets]
Oct. 29 – The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (no Code Orange) [tickets]
Oct. 30 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion [tickets]
Nov. 01 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater [tickets]
Nov. 02 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion [tickets]
Nov. 05 – Los Angeles, CA — Banc of California Stadium (Knotfest Los Angeles)