Why Slash Refused Corey Taylor For Velvet Revolver’s Vacant Singer Spot

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Corey Taylor was the founding member of Stone Sour, formed in 1992. The band’s self-titled debut album was released in 2002 and became number 46 on the Billboard 200. After several works with Stone Sour, Taylor had an offer from the Slipknot members. As he thought he could improve himself in Slipknot, he ultimately left Stone Sour. The band released the self-titled debut studio album with Taylor in 1999. The singer has continued to contribute to Slipknot since then.

Taylor also worked with other musicians besides his career with these two bands. He contributed to the albums of Apocalyptica, Code Orange, and Damageplan. Although the recording session was not released, he also worked for Anthrax’s ‘Worship Music.’ The singer appeared in Steel Panther’s ‘Death to All but Metal,’ ‘Eyes of a Panther,’ and ‘Asian Hooke.’ Taylor also consulted to become the singer of Velvet Revolver. However, Slash did not find him proper for the band.

Why Did Slash Not Find Corey Taylor Appropriate For Velvet Revolver?

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After many conflicts between Scott Weiland and the Velvet Revolver members, he decided to leave and continue with Stone Temple Pilots in 2008. Many musicians such as Sebastian Bach, Lenny Kravitz, and Steve Isaacs auditioned to replace Weiland. Corey Taylor was among these names, but Slash did not accept him.

As the bassist Matt Sorum stated in a past interview, they tried to play with Corey Taylor, but it did not go well. According to Sorum, Taylor impacted the band members except for Slash after recording some songs together. While other members offered to put these records into their album, Slash disagreed with them.

Matt Sorum mentioned in his words:

“We tried a couple of guys, and it didn’t work out. I don’t want to say it’s over. It’s just on a hiatus. We’ll make music again together at some point. Slash just didn’t see it as the rest of us did. We liked it. We had ten songs. We could put the album out tomorrow. It’s done. I said, ‘Let’s go.’ But Slash wasn’t feeling it. If we’re not all feeling it together, we can’t do it.”

Slash explained why he did not want Corey Taylor as the new singer of Velvet Revolver during a past interview with Rolling Stone Australia. The guitarist stated that Corey was close to becoming the band’s new singer because the members were content with the recording they tried. Although Slash loves Corey very much, his macho-style voice did not fit into Velvet Revolver’s sound, as the rocker explained. Still, Taylor was the closest one who would be the new singer among the all names auditioned.

GN’R guitarist Slash explained:

“Probably the closest would have to be Corey because everybody was rallying for him. And I love Corey to death, but something about it was just a little bit too; what’s the word for it? You know how Corey sings. It’s a very macho kind of thing. But it didn’t have certain elements I thought it needed. So we just didn’t go down that path. And that was the closest so far.”

You can watch Matt Sorum’s past interview below.