Stone Sour's Corey Taylor Talks Les Pauls
Corey Taylor splits his worlds between making music with melodic rockers Stone Sour and masked metallers Slipknot, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.
“People wonder if it’s a hassle or a chore, and honestly, it’s not,” Taylor told Gibson.com. “If you’re like me and go off pure instinct when it comes to music, it’s way easier than you would imagine.”
Stone Tour’s fourth studio album, House of Gold & Bones Part 1, was released last year, and House of Gold & Bones Part 2 will hit stores and online outlets on April 9. The two make up the band’s epic concept album: a collection of ambitious hard rock songs that present a harrowing story from the standpoint of colorful characters.
Read on for Part 2 of our recent chat with Taylor, covering everything from his Top 5 favorite rock albums of all time (some are surprising!) to why, “When I think of rock ‘n’ roll or heavy metal, I think of Gibson.” Check out Part 1 of our interview with Taylor, here.
For more on Stone Sour, including upcoming tour dates, visit www.stonesour.com.
Let’s talk guitars! What are your go-to Gibson guitars?
The J-200 is my go-to. It’s got a nice, deep, rounder body, and when it comes to acoustic stuff, with right strings, it really sings and has brightness but is still really dark. It doesn’t feel like I’m going to break it like a lot of acoustics do. It feels tough and has a great personality to it.
For recording, I have a bunch of different Les Pauls. I’m such a spoiled Les Paul kid, it’s not even funny! I’ve been collecting them all over the world. I have a great ‘84 Silverburst. I’ve got an old, 1960 reissue, and I used a couple of those on the new album.
Why do you prefer Gibsons over other guitar manufacturers?
When I think of rock ‘n’ roll or heavy metal, I think of Gibson. I think of people standing on stage with those Les Pauls. Something about a Les Paul has always made it my favorite. Maybe it’s because when you plug it into a Marshall and crank it up, you get a naturally awesome and gravely rock sound.
To me, it’s embedded in my mind that a Les Paul is synonymous with rock and heavy metal. And it doesn’t feel like you’re going to break it. I like heavier guitars because you get a nice, darker tone from them.
Stone Sour have this double concept album that you’re releasing, House of Gold & Bones – Part 1 and 2. Part 1 arrived last year, and Part 2 arrives on April 9. What should we expect from Part 2, and how does it fit with what you created on Part 1?
Part 2 seems much more thematic than Part 1. It feels like Part 2 moves the narrative more than Part 1. Where Part 1 feels like a kick ass heavy metal, hard rock album, Part 2 feels like the score or soundtrack to a movie. It really lets you get into the story more instinctively. It’s darker. It’s heavier in a lot of ways than Part 1. It’s much more intuitive, and there’s more introspection. I’m really looking forward to it coming out, and it’s some of our most complex music and best music we’ve ever done. I can’t wait to see peoples’ face when they hear this new album.
What are some of the new bands out there you’re currently digging?
That’s a great question! I’m so busy making my own music that I don’t really get to check out newer stuff. There’s a band called Graveyard I’m really into. Other than that, it’s hard to say.
This might be easier: What are your Top 5 rock albums of all time?
Oh, good question! Highway to Hell from AC/DC. Too fast for Love from Mötley Crüe. Fear, The Record. Led Zeppelin II. And, what the heck-- Journey, Escape.
What’s next for you? Will this year be dedicated to Stone Sour, or do you have plans with Slipknot, as well?
Most of this year will be Stone Sour. We’re doing five shows with Slipknot in Japan and Europe, but aside from that, Stone Sour will take up the majority of this year and into next year. We have big plans for these albums, and we’re starting to gain momentum. Other than that, I’ll release my next book probably this summer, and the comic series that goes along with these albums will come out right around the release of Part 2. The first issue of the four-part Dark Horse comes out same the same month as Part 2 does. Part 2 comes out on April 9, and the first issue comes out on April 17.
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