SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor sat down with Larry King for an all-new season-six episode of the Emmy-nominated series “Larry King Now”. The singer discussed a potential new SLIPKNOT album, his desire to collaborate with Jay-Z and his friend Chester Bennington‘s suicide. Taylor also opened up about politics, including his views on President Donald Trump and a possible Kid Rock Senate bid.
Speaking about his relationship with LINKIN PARK frontman Chester Bennington, whose recent suicide shocked the music community, Taylor said that he didn’t agree with to fans calling Chester “cowardly.” “Unless you’ve walked in those shoes, you don’t understand the pain, the weight of carrying that along, and there’s no right way to deal with it,” Corey said. “There’s no universal fix-all. So you spend your whole life trying to find what works for you. I am just glad I got the time I had with him.” Taylor added that Bennington was a “sweetheart of a guy,” and that he sadly struggled with mental health issues.
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Taylor also discussed his disdain for President Trump, a man he says is attempting to run “American Inc.” instead of the government. “I’m not going to sit here and call him a Hitler like a lot of other people will,” he said. “I think he is just a massive ego. He’s a businessman who’s gonna try and run America Inc., and that doesn’t work — that’s not what governments do, as far as I’m concerned. I may be naïve, but I grew up watching different programs and different things and different forms of deregulation, and it’s never gone the right way for the middle class. So everybody who keeps telling me to give him a chance, I keep trying to give him a chance and he keeps shooting himself in the foot.”
Taylor also weighed in on why he thinks Kid Rock has no place running for the U.S. Senate. “I’ve never met him. I’ve heard he’s really, really cool, but I think the worst thing that people can do is assume that you can fill a role that you have no experience in,” Corey said. “I mean, we’re kind of seeing that with the President right now. So there you go.”
Taylor talked cross-genre collaborations with Larry, revealing his desire to join forces with legendary rapper Jay-Z. “His mind is so massive, I think it would be really, really cool,” Corey said.
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