Corey Taylor Recalls Dimebag Darrell’s Biggest Disappointment With Slipknot

Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor sat down with Classic Rock and told the story of how their percussionist ‘Clown’ and Pantera’s late guitarist Dimebag Darrell met for the first time and why the encounter led to Darrell’s ultimate disappointment in Slipknot.

The year was 1999, and Slipknot featured in Coal Chamber’s ‘Livin la Vida Loco’ tour. Corey mentioned Dimebag and his brother Vinnie Paul were teasing people, yet Clown didn’t give in to them:

“They were all about doing pranks on people. Clown was like, ‘Whatever you try, I’m not going to balk.’ They had one of their cooks hollow out a tomato and fill it with these insanely fiery red chili peppers. Dime pulls out this tomato stuffed with this stupid knot of chilis, and he goes, ‘How much is it gonna cost to get all this down?’ And Clown goes, ‘I don’t need your money,’ and just grabs it and starts eating it like an apple.”

He continued the story and explained how Clown went to the extent of grossing out every one:

“It gets worse. We head to the bathroom, and we’re pissing at the urinal. There’s a piece of gum on one of the cakes in the urinal, and Dime looks over and goes, ‘Alright, Clown, how much would it take…’ Before he can finish, Clown reaches down, grabs it, and starts chewing. It was so fucking gross.”

Taylor finally said how Darrell was disappointed by Clown’s endurance:

“Dime just threw his hands up. He talked about it until the day he died: ‘Clown, he was the one motherfucker I couldn’t get to collapse, he just fucked me up.'”

Dimebag Darrell was shot by a fan of their group Damageplan while performing on stage in 2004. In a 2005 interview, Clown talked about Dime’s sudden death:

“I’d be a liar if I didn’t say I was concerned every day of my life, but I was concerned before that happened. What am I supposed to do, quit? I represent them; I’m here to help them. Hopefully, someone like myself can prevent something like that from ever happening.”

“I wonder if people think about that when they think about Dimebag, I wonder if they think about how brutal this world is to people we don’t even know. But because famous people and other people are victims, everyone does stop and pay attention a little bit.”

In 2020, Corey Taylor released a lyric video for his 47th birthday, titled ‘Everybody Dies On My Birthday.’ It refers to both John Lennon and Dimebag Darrell’s assassinations, which happened on the same day as his birthday.

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