“We were a lot of fun, a lot of people loved coming and seeing us — but it was weird because Stone Sour and Slipknot were the two biggest bands in town,” Corey said. “And at the time, I was the best singer in Des Moines, and they were the bigger band in Des Moines, and they wanted that extra tool, that extra bullet, and the gun, I’m not really sure.”
If they hadn’t asked me to join, I would have done Stone Sour ’til the cows come home. I would have eventually done something that would have gotten the attention of whatever because we were shopping just like everybody else in Des Moines. When I watched that [Slipknot‘s] first show, I was right in front, they came through the audience, scared the hell out of it, everybody! Because they’re in full masks, they weren’t wearing the coveralls yet, but they were just in these crazy outfits.
Asked if Stone Sour had a record deal before he joined Slipknot, Corey said: “No. That definitely helped, being in Slipknot. At the same time, we sounded different enough that we were able to… and we wanted to differentiate ourselves right away, which is one of the reasons why we never did any SLIPKNOT music on stage, we never did anything except our own stuff.
Taylor added: “And I think as time went by that helped us become our own band. We were always going to be in the shadow of Slipknot, anything I do is going to be in the shadow of that. All I can do is try to get a couple of rays of light to kind of pop here and there. It’s a good problem to have, it could be way worse.”
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