Slipknot frontman Corey “lets it all go” during tattoo session – and talks about band in past tense to university students
Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor finally released his anguish over the loss of bassist Paul Gray while as he had a commemorative tattoo inked on his leg.
The scene appeared in last night’s episode of reality show NY Ink, showing Taylor in tears as he talked about his bandmate, who died of an accidental overdose in May 2010.
“I miss that laugh. I miss that so much,” said the singer before bursting into heartfelt sobs. “I miss him so much. I just want to see him again.”
After the session he explained: “I didn’t realise how much I was sitting on until it was almost over. I lost it hard and I just let it go.
“The tattoo is me paying tribute to my friend. Hopefully somewhere, if he sees it, he’ll know how much I miss him.”
Slipknot will play a series of festival in Europe during the summer, during which they’ll decide whether to continue without Gray. Some band members have said it’s important to continue but Taylor has been less enthusiastic and recently stated: “I’m not going to spoonfeed false hope to the fans: if this tour doesn’t work, the band might be over.”
Taylor addressed an audience of students at Oxford University earlier this week where he spoke about the band in the past tense.
He said of his onstage mask: “It was a way to visualise everything I was feeling in my heart and my gut. All that pain I was holding onto. Slipknot was a way to work it out.”
He asked his listeners to be honest with themselves: “Too many people chase dreams they don’t understand. They go for things they’d like to do, but they’re not realistic enough to know they don’t have the talent.”