Corey Taylor, the frontman of Slipknot, has sparked discussions about the future of the band and the possibility of continuing without him. Slipknot, known for its large lineup of nine members, has experienced significant changes over the years, including the tragic deaths of bassist Paul Gray in 2010 and drummer Joey Jordison in 2021. Other members, like percussionist Chris Fehn and keyboardist Craig Jones, have also left the band. However, Slipknot has always found replacements and persevered.
In a recent interview with Rock Antenne, Taylor pondered the hypothetical scenario of his retirement from Slipknot and expressed willingness to help find his own replacement if the other band members were on board with continuing under the Slipknot name. He emphasized that Slipknot has always been more significant than its individual members and that the band’s strength lies in its collective identity.
While Taylor, who is 49 years old, remains fully committed to being the frontman of Slipknot, he acknowledged the physical demands of the band’s live shows and speculated that he might have around five more years of fully touring in that capacity. However, he emphasized that as long as he can physically do it and there are fans to witness it, he will continue to perform. Taylor also has parallel musical endeavors with Stone Sour and his solo work, which have gained traction in recent years.
Taylor’s son, Griffin Taylor, who fronts the band Vended, has drawn attention as a potential candidate to take over lead vocals in Slipknot in the future. At 20 years old, Griffin has demonstrated his talent and stage presence, making him a possible successor if the opportunity arises.
In the coming months, Corey Taylor will be balancing his musical commitments. Slipknot has scheduled festival dates in the US for July and September, while Taylor himself is embarking on a solo tour in support of his upcoming second solo album, CMF2.
Despite the uncertainties surrounding Slipknot’s future, Corey Taylor’s dedication to the band and his love for the music continue to drive him. Slipknot remains a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Taylor, and as long as he finds fulfillment in it, he will continue to deliver powerful performances for the band’s devoted fanbase.