Live Review: Corey Taylor — "Seven Deadly Sins: Settling the Argument Between Born Bad and Damaged Good" Reading at Book Soup
Thu, 21 Jul 2011 16:22:17
Stone Sour and Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor's presence can be felt immediately wherever he goes.
Whether he's performing to a sold out arena or reading to a crowded tiny book store, he continually captivates anyone nearby or even within earshot. Last night at Book Soup in West Hollywood, Taylor gave a packed audience a multi-faceted unforgettable experience that encompassed his literary, musical, and performance talents.
He kicked off the evening reading an excerpt from his debut tome, Seven Deadly Sins: Settling the Argument Between Born Bad and Damaged Good. The book provides an utterly engrossing and groundbreaking take on the seven deadly sins, with Taylor espousing that these sins aren't really "sins" at all but characteristics of humanity that can be controlled in moderation. His thesis is supported with hilarious and sometimes heart-wrenching vignettes from his own journey. With his glasses on, clutching the book in front of a microphone, Taylor read with more charisma than any politician in office and most actors. In fact, it was almost as if he channeled a confidence and conviction on par with Christian Bale during his intense method days or Gary Oldman at his best. Taylor smiled and jested with the crowd suggesting "Ear muffs" to a little girl during the R-rated language of a hilarious scene where he asks a "rock star" to leave Slipknot's show at the Forum.
His writing style is smart, sharp, and succinct, leading to a page turner that's as fast as some of Slipknot's heaviest fare and just as deep. The audience hung on to every word, and he further engaged with a candid and fun Q&A where he professed fandom for Foo Fighters and Rage Against the Machine as well as discussed what's next for Stone Sour—a covers release which sounds incredible in every way.
Then, he seamlessly segued into a four song acoustic set. As fans chanted for "Wicked Game", Taylor delivered the tune with his own vibrant energy that reverberated through the store and practically shook the Sunset Strip. He jumped right into an acoustic version Slipknot classic "Spit it Out" that got everyone singing and clapping along, especially after he laughed, "I'm gonna get arrested on this one". It was a testament to "Spit It Out" and Taylor that he could strip back its metallic madness into a roaring acoustic romp."
"Through Glass" didn't allow for a dry eye in the house, while the epic "Hesitate" channeled "November Rain" via Alice In Chains in Stone Sour's very own unique wheelhouse. Taylor's variety show proved to be as timeless as every song he's written and his new literary masterpiece. It only makes you anxious to see what he does next…hopefully he changes the face of cinema or more…Whatever he does, you'll feel it.
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