Author Topic: COREY TAYLOR: What I Would Have Brought To VELVET REVOLVER  (Read 3159 times)

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STONE SOUR and SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor, who recorded an album's worth of material with VELVET REVOLVER in late 2010 and early 2011, spoke to Roger Lotring of ESPN.com about what could have been had he been chosen to front VR as the permanent replacement for Scott Weiland.

VELVET REVOLVER has still not found a new singer following its April 2008 split with Weiland and is more or less on hiatus, although it will reunite with the current STONE TEMPLE PILOTS frontman for a short one-off performance at "Love You Madly: A Concert For John O'Brien" on Thursday, January 12 at the House Of Blues in West Hollywood, California.

While the team-up of Taylor with VELVET REVOLVER never officially took off, VELVET guitarist Slash did confirm that the band got together with Taylor to jam and even record some new material.

When asked what would he have brought to the VELVET REVOLVER team, had he quarterbacked it, Taylor told ESPN.com, "What I would have brought to VELVET REVOLVER would have been more of the attitude that I think they wanted from Scott, but they got the negative side of it, you know what I'm saying? Scott, to me, has always been the guy who he's much more interesting when he's being a dick to other people than he is onstage, to be honest. I mean, he does the lizard weird-thing-dance and everything, but that gets old after a while. When you need that strong frontman, he just really didn't do it because he was too busy just being into himself instead of engaging the audience."

Corey added, "So I would have tried to basically build a bridge between what [the members of VELVET REVOLVER] had with Axl [Rose during their time with GUNS N' ROSES] and what they had with Scott, but with a little more good time feel to it 'cause I can have an attitude and still smile, all fucking day. I think, in a lot of ways, they could have relaxed a little bit, knowing that they wouldn't have to worry about, What's the singer going to do? Are we going to be able to go onstage on time? Are we going to be able to play our show without a fit being thrown? Are we going to be able to play the songs the way they were written?

"I am a firm believer in, give the fans what they want. Do what you do, but give the fans what they want. They're the whole reason that you are where you are, and they deserve every fucking bit that you can give them."

The Pulse Of Radio asked Taylor what he and VELVET REVOLVER worked on at those rehearsal and recording sessions a year ago. "We did a bunch of stuff, you know," he said. "We did a bunch of stuff from the first album, we did a bunch of stuff that we had been kind of demoing back and forth and whatnot, seeing if it would work, you know, just like that, and it was a lot of fun, man. You know, we ended up writing a bunch of stuff as well and just kind of seeing what would happen in that creative sense, you know."

Slash admitted in a recent interview that he was the main reason why Taylor didn't get the frontman job, explaining, "It just didn't seem to fit right to me. And he's great, and I love Corey, but it didn't seem like the answer to the VELVET REVOLVER problem."

Taylor told a Canadian radio station after hearing of Slash's comments, "I guess it just wasn't working for him, which . . . He's Slash and he's entitled to have that, and I'm not gonna argue with him. But it was cool to just be able to get together and jam with those guys and I made some really cool friends."


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No one cares, Corey.  :roll:

Corey has been talking a lot of shit about Scott recently.  Kind of shitty, considereing he would have been replacing him in the band.   Makes me glad he didn't get the gig.  Total meathead, white trash, douchebag, fucking moron.   Which is funny because for all the trash he talks about Scott, Corey still wasn't able to replace him.  

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No one cares, Corey.  :roll:

Corey has been talking a lot of shit about Scott recently.  Kind of shitty, considereing he would have been replacing him in the band.   Makes me glad he didn't get the gig.  Total meathead, white trash, douchebag, fucking moron.   Which is funny because for all the trash he talks about Scott, Corey still wasn't able to replace him.  

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I think you're confused. We're not talking about Vince Neil. For the sake of argument, what about Taylor's remarks irked you so? I think he hit the nail right on the head, really. Having seen both singers live with their respective bands, my personal opinion is that not only is Corey Taylor a better all around frontman, but also a better fit for Velvet Revolver, assuming they were heading back down the Contraband route, as opposed to the Libertad one.

Taylor is a much more diverse singer, and while his stage presence lacks the "sexiness" of Weiland's, it's much more commanding. Slash has hinted and spoken of wanting to play some heavier music; I seem to remember him saying some of the cached material they have is on the heavier side of things. Like Scott or don't (and I do, depending on the day), he has a mere fraction of the vocal power and prowess of Corey Taylor.

I never used to like Slipknot, and I still don't really dig them much. I did go see them at one point because frankly, I'll go see any live music act if they have a rep for a good stage show, and was blown away. I definitely am not a fan of Stone Sour either, but as far as I'm concerned, he's one of the best vocalists and frontmen on the scene right now.

Of all the rumoured vocalists over the years, Taylor was the only one that got me excited. He could absolutely handle their recorded material, and they'd have much more dynamic in the band.

That said, it evidently didn't work, so what the fuck do I know?

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I was actually very supportive of Corey joining originally, although I wasn't a fan and didn't know much about him.   But he has recently gone on a spoken word tour and basically bashed Scott in his act.  He came off like an asshole, and now he is doing it again.   I basically hate his guts now.  And I much preferred Myles Kennedy who seems to be way cooler.   

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Everyone is entitled to an opinion. Just because he doesn't like Weiland, and with good reason, doesn't make him white trash.

It seems to me, his gripes with Scott are the same many of us have had with both him, and Axl Rose back in the day, which is that the fans are often treated to self indulgent and/or lackluster performances because of attitudes and egos. Of course, they aren't the only ones, but they're more relevant to the story. Whether anyone likes it or not, live oriented acts (like anything Slash does, for example), are extremely reliant on their fans, and their show. When the fans and show quality suffer because of the actions, attitudes and/or ego of a member or members, it's a problem. I say Taylor hit it dead on, even if it isn't necessarily his place to speak on the subject. That said, it's a spoken word tour; people go specifically to hear his opinions and musings. Can't fault him for that.

Fact is, the type of music Slash wants to play with bands like Guns N' Roses, Snakepit and VR requires a singer with a lot of power to their voice, and Scott didn't really have that. It would have been interesting if they'd stayed together and put another album or two out, but the aggression that was on Contraband disappeared on Libertad, and if they had stuff they wanted to do that was "heavier" than the first record I have serious doubts Weiland would've been able to handle it.

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I agree with CT on this one.It just seemed that VR lost that aggression and lackluster after Contraband.I felt that everything Corey said in the interview was honest and genuine.I know that Corey has insulted Scott several times recently but it does not make me hate him.Corey has got a great voice as well as Scott.Much respect to both of them and I have seen both of them Live and for the most part,Corey has had consistent performances compared to Scott.I never thought much of Miles Kennedy,good voice but not a good fit.