Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Slams Rick Rubin

Corey Taylor

Like, butt slams…with no lube.

During Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor’s fourth solo appearance November 18 at Trees in Dallas, Texas, we learned that dude wants to be the new Henry Rollins.

These shows Taylor has set up feature a question and answer session. In Denver, someone asked Corey about Rick Rubin, the infamous producer who is now working with the reunited Black Sabbath.

Rubin is notorious for his hand’s-off approach to producing these days, and usually only pops in to make sure things don’t sound fucked.

Here is Corey Taylor’s response: “That’s a dangerous, dangerous question…Now, there are some people who would love for me to just be [politically correct] and toe the party line, which is, basically, [to say] ‘You know, working with Rick Rubin was a very enriching experience. He is truly a great mind…’”

But that wouldn’t be Corey’s style.

“Let me give you the fucking truth of it,” Taylor starts.

“Rick Rubin showed up for 45 minutes a week. Yeah. Rick Rubin would then, during that 45 minutes, lay on a couch, have a mic brought in next to his face so he wouldn’t have to fucking move. I swear to God. And then he would be, like, ‘Play it for me.’ The engineer would play it. And he had shades on the whole time. Never mind the fact that there is no sun in the room — it’s all dark. You just look like an asshole at that point.

“He would just stroke his huge beard and try and get as much food out of it as he could. And he would go, ‘Play it again.’ And then he’d be, like, ‘Stop! Do that over.’ And he had an assistant who was seven feet tall. He had that disease where you can’t grow hair on your body, so he was just bald. He looked like Mr. Clean’s neurotic cousin. But he basically ran Rick Rubin’s life — like, he was just fucking on it, on it, on it, on it.

“About half way through our precious 45 minutes, he would bring in this plate of shit. I assume it was food. It was bluish green. It smelled like someone had just plunged a fucking toilet somewhere. And he would eat it as fast as he could — just get it in there, all over himself. Which is, when you’re working, so wonderful to look at…I will say this: I respect what Rick Rubin has done, I respect the work that he has done in the past to get to where he is now. But…this is a huge but…this is a J.Lo-sized ‘but…’ I will say this: The Rick Rubin of today is a thin, thin, thin shadow of the Rick Rubin that he was. He is overrated, he is overpaid, and I will never work with him again as long as I fucking live.”

Holy fuck. Corey Taylor is rad. Who knew?

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