Side projects are a difficult thing to analyze indeed, both from a fan perspective as well as a critical one. Traditionally, the reasons for a side project are fairly linear – they tend to place emphasis on different aspects of the musician that won’t fit the main band(s), or a vehicle to explore and mess around with new styles and genres of music. Some of the biggest bands in history started off as side projects – notables ones include Gorillaz (Blur, Jamie Hewlett), Dashboard Confessional (Chris Carrabba, originally in Further Seems Forever), and of course, the ubiquitous solo album (Mike Shinoda, KISS, and entirely too many other musicians). While not all of these projects are commercially or critically successful, that’s not the point. If a side project explores new avenues of music, that always makes a musician more adept at their craft. Perhaps, the term “success” is actually relative in this market, but I digress.
Anyhow, Stone Sour – the side project of Corey Taylor of Slipknot, occupies a unique space in the rock and metal scenes. After all, Stone Sour was Taylor (and former member Jim Root’s) main project before Slipknot were signed in the late 90’s. In 2002, the band unleashed their self-titled debut album, which earned them Grammy nominations for “Get Inside” and “Inhale”, and while that record was a really solid start, it’s the 2006 follow-up Come What[ever] May that cemented Stone Sour as an act all their own.
For the common music fan who is likely living an average (by comparable standards) life, they might often view a musician as someone who has it all. Money, fame, and the adoration of a huge fanbase – not to mention plenty of other things. That doesn’t mean addiction and depression can’t manifest itself, though.
Addiction and mental illnesses are not picky. They spare no one from their wake. Rich, poor, old, young, black, white – they do not discriminate. And it’s clear the same holds true for musicians. Even Stone Sour/Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor has battled his own share of addiction issues, though he is proudly sober now. He was presented with a Rock To Recovery “Icon” award, and immediately after, gave a heartfelt speech on his battles with addiction – specifically talking about his late Slipknot band mate, Paul Gray. You can check out the video below – and for more information on the organization, check out Rock To Recovery here. Remember that you are not alone in this fight.
There have been questions regarding Root’s active participation in Stone Sour since his choice to sit out of the last tour to focus on writing the upcoming Slipknot album. The official answer has finally been revealed.
According to the Des Moines Register, Corey Taylor, the vocalist of Slipknot and Stone Sour, had his house and storage unit robbed of over $36,000 worth of musical instruments. A friend of Corey’s had found some of his instruments at a local guitar store and become suspicious of another friend of Corey’s. The long list of instruments that were taken also included two bass guitars that once belonged to founding Slipknot member Paul Grey who had passed away over three years ago. The theft occurred while Corey and his wife were away on tour in Europe. He was able to recover some of the instruments that were stolen, but is still trying to track down the remaining items. No more information has been given on this ongoing investigation.