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Seven Questions With Slipknot’s Corey Taylor

The Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman on meeting Marilyn Manson, recent controversies and living in Las Vegas.

You’re sharing the stage with Marilyn Manson. How did that friendship begin?

That’s a friendship that developed over so many years. We initially met at Ozzfest 2001, so a long time ago!  We met with kindred spirits, and we’re trying to stir everything up [at the show]. The rest is history.

You said Donald Trump’s campaign message is “anti-Slipknot.” How so?

He’s very divisive: He’s trying to pull people apart rather than bring them together. People can believe what they want to believe, but everybody’s scared, everybody’s afraid. We need to stand together to go against that.

And being divided—that’s not how we do things here. Being in America means standing with each other no matter what color you are, or where you came from. We should stand together to fight everything—not break up into sections. We’re all into different things, so we can band together by being politically active, getting behind various movements and combatting the paranoia. And if we’re not comfortable doing that, we can reach out to local outreach projects in our neighborhoods—do what we can to bring everything together.

You recently snatched a phone from a fan during a performance. What exactly happened that night?

That story is getting so much traction—it’s insane. We were performing in Holmdel, New Jersey, and some dude was texting [while leaning] on the barricade. I got a little pissed off about it, so I smacked it out of his hand. It fell a whole 2 feet. So security picked it up and gave it back to him. I looked at the guy, kind of nodded, and he gave me a look that said, “Ah, nice, you got me.” That was it.

Over the week, that story became so divisive, almost as much as political headlines. It’s hilarious. The more people who stand opposed against that, the harder I laugh. It’s insane. The dude totally saw what was going on, knew he was wrong, and after it all, we kinda had a moment and laughed it off. People came out of the woodwork to split hairs; they were saying things like, “What if it was an emergency?” and, “He paid the money, he can do what he wants.” Well, it’s my show, and I can do what I want. That sort of entitlement is permeating in people everywhere. It’s unbelievable.

You’ve been a Las Vegas resident for a few years now. What are your favorite parts or places in the city?

Funny thing is: I avoid the Strip at all costs. It gets messy out there, and it’s rough when you’re trying to get somewhere. Every once in a while, like when I have to play a show, I have a really good time people-watching there.

I live in Henderson, so I’ve gotten to know “Hendo” and Vegas proper. I’ve lived and moved around in both over the past seven or eight years. That’s the area I like, and even though I’ve got friends in Anthem, and all across the city, the Henderson and Las Vegas areas are my favorite. It gives off a vibe that’s kinda close to Iowa [where I’m from]. People are kind—not very opposing; they’re just doing their thing and getting along.

I don’t drink, but I do miss Insert Coin(s). I was shocked when that closed. On the off chance that I’d do stuff, I’d go there, and I’d always have a great time.

What’s going on with Stone Sour? In an interview with Billboard, you mentioned that you were working on the sixth album.

We’ve got 18 songs written for the new album, and the material is all killer. It’s all so good! As of now, the timeline looks like we’re going into the studio in January for a couple of months to get everything together and make it a spring or summer [2017] release.

We’re letting it all hang out this time. There’s a hint of some older stuff, but we’re also trying something different: Some songs have a punk vibe, another reminds me of a classic hard rock song … but they’ve all got a modern approach. We’re definitely pushing boundaries, and I hope people dig it.

You’re also an author and radio host. What’s next in those worlds?

I just seriously started working on the new book. It’s going to be called America 51, and I hope it’ll come out sometime next year, since I’m trying to finish it by the end of this year.

I’ve been busy running my radio show [A Series of Bleeps] on Apple Music’s Beats 1 Radio, while being on the road for Slipknot. I rarely sleep.

What can we expect at the Las Vegas gig?

A great show. We have something really different for this tour, and it would’ve gotten there quicker if it hadn’t been for the neck surgery. I’m really stoked to play T-Mobile Arena. I was there to see Guns N’ Roses, which was an incredible show, and I got to see WWE’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view right before I hit the road. I’m really excited because people are saying this is all of their favorite parts of our set lists bunched into one. It’s gonna be a great show.

Slipknot with Marilyn Manson and Of Mice & Men

Aug. 21, 6:30, $30-$65, 7:30 p.m., T-Mobile Arena,