Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour Talks "Iowa" Memory of Paul Gray
Wed, 04 Jan 2012 11:03:42
Slipknot bassist Paul Gray's presence can be felt on every raw, raging, and roaring note of the band's seminal 2001 sophomore effort, Iowa.
"The Nine" celebrated the record's legacy with the recent release of the "10th Anniversary Edition" of Iowa. In addition to showcasing all 14 classic tracks, this definitive edition includes audio from the Disasterpieces DVD release and a brand new hour-long documentary entitled Goat, directed by M. Shawn "Clown" Crahan. It's as earth-shattering as ever too.
Speaking to Slipknot singer Corey Taylor [Stone Sour], ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief and Dolor author Rick Florino took a trip down memory lane in this exclusive interview.
What's your favorite memory of Paul Gray from the Iowa days?
My favorite memory of Paul from the Iowa era happened when we were on the bus together in Europe. We were both up drinking, and I had to take a shit. Anyone who has ever been on a tour bus knows that's persona non grata basically. Paul fucking grabs me and goes, "Well, just hot bag one". I said, "I can't fucking do that!" For those who don't know "hot bagging" is putting a plastic bag in the toilet, shitting in it, and disposing of it. It's much like following your dog around a park. I was like, "Fuck man, I've got to go! I can't wait until we stop". The only bag we had on the bus was a giant trash bag. I'm trying to stuff this thing into a tiny bus toilet. Paul busts into the bathroom laughing! I yelled, "Get the fuck out of here!" I did what I had to do, put the paper in the bag, but because we were still on the road, I didn't know what to do with it. I couldn't keep it in there. Paul said, "Just chuck it out the door". I responded, "We're moving!" He went, "Fuck it, just do it!" The European buses have a hydraulic door system that works on an air compressor, so I open the door and it opens out and then to the side almost like Star Trek. I chucked it out, and it disappeared into the night. I closed the door, and we're both laughing our fucking asses off. The next day, he and I get up, and we're both hungover as shit. We look behind us, and the driver of the crew bus is hosing off what looks like mud on the bus behind us. He's like, "You have any idea how this happened?" I was like, "No". he said, "It looks like somebody through a bag of shit out the fucking door." I said, "Awe, fuck!" I ended up cleaning it and Paul laughed at me the entire time. He had that deep laugh going. I was like, "You motherfucker, I wouldn't have done it if you didn't talk me into it in the first place!" [Laughs]
See our review of Iowa here!
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See our review of Corey Taylor's Los Angeles book reading here!