How do I begin writing a piece about one of the most talked about vocalists in all of music? This guy has something written about him on a daily basis, and whether it has to do with music or not, Corey Taylor is front and center. Everyone wants to know what Corey Taylor thinks or who he’s feuding with today.
What if someone wrote something different about him? Like that he actually gives a shit about the world and does want it to be a place where people can all get along, yet most of the mindless idiots who walk the earth can’t string together two sentences without being “triggered” with the next ridiculous reason to be offended.
Today, I met Corey Taylor, The New York Times #1 Bestselling Author and musician. He was in New York City to promote his new book that was released on August 8th worldwide, America 51. A book about what IS wrong with the world, how the president of the United States is in fact a cheeto, and why people do in fact equal shit.
Speaking briefly about his book, he explains that if he didn’t offend you in the book, that he’s sorry and he will eventually get to you, and if he did offend you, you deserved it.
Give this man an Oscar. I applaud his brutal and blunt straightforward thoughts with such reckoning that I needed to attend the book signing. Not only has his music career been influential to me, but he speaks volumes in his work with the pen as well. A sort of unfiltered version of exactly what you’re afraid to say, he says it for you.
I was privileged enough to meet the man at the book signing, pose for a few photos, speak about his new tattoos, and then traipse two blocks away to attend his show, “An Evening with Corey Taylor.” Now, mind you I had no idea what was in store for his show, so being in attendance and also shooting photos, I was clueless to what the set would be like. As 8pm approached, I found some friends in the crowd, said hello and made my way to the photo pit. When Corey came out, he spent probably 15 minutes speaking, telling jokes, and just laughing about the fucked up world that we live in. Of course there were some people in the crowd who decided that it was their turn to speak, so Cory addressed them as he would anyone else: “Shut the fuck up, this isn’t an evening with you, it’s an evening with me!” He then went into a Q&A session, where fans asked questions about favorite cereals, (which Corey’s is Cap’n Crunch), to what is your favorite song to play live, and in-depth questions about America, suicides in music, and other headlining topics.
After taking a quick “piss break,” Corey returned to the stage with some music. Opening the night with the tunes was an epic classic, “Folsom Prison Blues,” by Johnny Cash. Immediately after, Corey played for his die hards “Bother,” “Miracles,” “Snuff,” and “Taciturn.” Covering many hits throughout the night, he was joined on stage by his lead guitarist in Stone Sour, Christian Martucci for the rest of the evening. A few songs later, Stone Sour drummer, Roy Mayorga made his way on stage to join in the fun. Everyone was cracking jokes with each other on stage and the was crowd chanting “Tucc” for Christian. Christian told the audience about how he lived in New York City years ago and how amazing it was to be back.
The surprises weren’t over yet. To play a few more classic rock songs, the trio was then joined by Frank Bello (Bassist of Anthrax). Together the four awesome musicians called themselves, “The Ruptured Nuptuals,” as they explained that they once played a wedding together. At that wedding, they played the Hall & Oats hit “Private Eyes,” which they did also at this show. It was amazing. All KISS fans, they played two KISS classics “Strutter/ Sure Know Something” as well, before the final few songs “Outsider” by The Ramones, and Slipknot’s “Spit it Out.”
An Evening with Corey Taylor Setlist
“Freebird” Lynyrd Skynyrd (tease)
“Folsom Prison Blues” Johnny Cash
“Bother” Stone Sour
“Miracles” Stone Sour
“Taciturn” Stone Sour
“Something I Can Never Have” NIN
“Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” CCR (w/ Christian Martucci)
“The One I Love” R.E.M.
“Zzyzx Rd.” Stone Sour
“The Conflagration” Stone Sour
“30/30-150” Stone Sour
“St. Marie” Stone Sour
“Song #3” Stone Sour
“Take It Easy” The Eagles
“Private Eyes” Hall & Oates (w/ Roy Mayorga & Frank Bello)
“Wish You Were Here” Pink Floyd
“Dead Flowers” The Rolling Stones
“Strutter/ Sure Know Something” KISS
“Outsider” The Ramones
“Spit it Out” Slipknot