Taylor Thinks Paul Gray Would Want Slipknot To Carry On

Corey Taylor

In a new interview with NME.com, Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor says he thinks late bassist Paul Gray would “want us to keep going.” Of course, he would. I doubt the man’s wishing from the grave that the band throws in the towel; Slipknot, after all, was bigger than just Paulie.

According to the interview, Taylor — who says the band will play shows, but that a new album is far off — revealed that he took inspiration from Vinnie Paul Abbott when it came time to deal with Gray’s passing.

“It seems like everybody’s doing great,” Taylor says in the interview, which can be experienced at Blabbermouth. “There are some moments that are more somber than others. But when you are here to entertain, you don’t wanna spend too much time in melancholy. There is time to reflect, there is [time to] celebrate, and for me, dealing with loss, it’s important to celebrate life and not revel in death, to be honest.”

He says Gray loved being in the band, and in his “spirit, we should continue doing that. I’ve never seen a guy more into playing live than Paulie and just watching his reaction when the crowd goes off. And even though I’m doing Stone Sour right now, he was such a huge supporter of Stone Sour that if I didn’t give it every little bit of gusto I had, he would be super-disappointed. Honestly, even with Vinnie… I’ve taken a lot of cues from Vinnie after what happened with him. He looked me right in the eyes and said, ‘Man, you just gotta remember you’re living for two now, you’re living for two people, ‘cause that spirit’s always with you.’”

In related news, Slipknot have been confirmed for the upcoming Graspop Metal Meeting 2011 festival, and will play that gig June 26.

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