Taylor says fans don’t understand what’s missing now Paul Gray is dead – and hints at problems between surviving members

Corey Taylor

Cautious: Corey Taylor

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor says it’s impossible to explain to fans why it will be difficult to create new music without tragic bassist Paul Gray.

And he hints there are personal problems between band members which is making their return to the live arena even more challenging than it already was.

Slipknot stumbled to a halt after Gray died in May last year following an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. The band will hit the stage again during a series of appearances at Sonisphere festivals across Europe – but Taylor says that doesn’t mean the band are back.

He tells Undercover: “There’s such a huge piece missing now. It’s a piece the fans can’t understand and, honestly, it drive me nuts trying to explain it to them.

“Paul was the unconscious lynchpin that held everything together. He had such a great mind for the music we created that without him, I don’t see it happening very soon – let’s put it that way.

“There are other things in the band that are affecting things right now. It’s not even about Paul. It’s individual issues. That’s all I’ll say about it.

“Obviously we’re doing these shows in the summer and that’s going to be us dipping a toe in the water to see what happens. I think everybody’s racing ahead without realised that we have to pick ourselves up first.

“It seems like I’m the only one being realistic – If we do new music, if it happens, it’s going to be way down the line.”

Taylor and drummer Joey Jordison appear to have been at odds over the band’s future, with Jordison vowing the band will go on to bigger and better things in memory of Gray, while Taylor is more cautious.

The frontman says: “There’s not a part of me that’s happy about jumping on stage without Paul. if I’m cautious, it’s because I respect what we’ve done and I respect his memory.

“I’m hoping it goes well – but I’ve got to be realistic and pragmatic. That’s the way I am.”

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