By all rights, Corey Taylor should be on vacation right now.
The musician, author and filmmaker just finished a European tour with his band Slipknot and has a North American leg starting on July 24. But rather than heading back home to Iowa for some R&R (not rock 'n' roll), Taylor is back on the road doing signings and staging special concerts in support of his jsut-published third book, "You're Making Me Hate You."
"It was kind of like threading the needle," Taylor, 41, says by phone en route to a signing on Long Island. "I really wanted to make sure I got to do this again 'cause I had so much fun doing it on the first book (2010's 'Seven Deadly Sins') and then I didn't get to do it on the second book ('A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven'). I was like, God, I've got to get back out and do it, it was so much fun.
"So this was really the only time to try to take advantage of it. Y'know, anything that's not worth doing, you're not gonna kill yourself over. But this was totally worth doing."
"You're Making Me Hate You" is a collection of Taylor's furious but also funny rants about everything from inept drivers to inept musicians and filmmakers -- even naming names, like slamming Fall Out Boy for "having the nerve" to title an album "Save Rock and Roll." "I've just gotten to the point in my life where I'm tired of holding back, where it's like, 'Man, I've just to got to say something, even just to get it off my own chest," explains Taylor, whose shows include spoken word and Q&A segments as well as musical performances.
But, he adds, there's a trick to ranting in the right way.
"My biggest worry was that I would come off too angry and people wouldn't see the humor," Taylor notes. "But I think now, after all these years, people understand my sense of humor. It's pretty dark, but they get it. And the other side of this is I'm just trying to get everybody to laugh with me."
One person who's not laughing is Kanye West. Taylor made a comment in one interview criticizing West for referring to himself as the world's greatest living rock star, which has created a viral outcry where Taylor says "people are ripping me to shreds" while others are supporting his position.
"It's so funny man; It was, like, one little comment and now everybody`s talking about it," Taylor says. "The first day of the fallout it was everybody going, 'Well, y'know, (West) has more Grammys than Slipknot has albums.' I'm like, 'Yeah, you just made my point for me. Getting a Grammy is like getting a Teen Choice Award.
"I mean, if you're gonna tell me that with Keith Richards still alive, wtih David Bowie still alive, with Paul McCartney still alive that there's even a comparison to Kanye West, then you just need to shut up and never try to say anything smart, ever again."
In addition to Slipknot and the book promotion, Taylor has also been working on some new covers EPs for his other band, Stone Sour, which he says plans to start working on an album of original material later this year or in early 2016. He's also signed on for a part in "Officer Downe," a new film by Slipknot bandmate M. Shawn "Clown" Crahan.
Friday, June 10. Doors open at 7 p.m.
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