Corey Taylor, lead singer of Slipknot and Stone Sour proved why he is one of metal’s greatest vocalists with a one off solo acoustic show at London’s Koko last night the 8th of May.
We thought we were paying for 90 minutes for acoustic covers when we purchased the tickets just under a month ago. Boy we were wrong, 10 to 8 the man himself comes out not to play, but to more or less do stand-up comedy for the London crowd.
Then the Great Big Mouth (as he has called himself for years) decides to give the audience a rare opportunity, a 20 minute Q&A, which was hilarious for the most part, like when a young lady asked if he “would you ever re-join Slipknot” which was met with laughter and mock shock from the host, but it also got a little sad when he was asked about his relationship with Joey Jordison (Slipknot’s old drummer who left just before their last album .5 The Gray Chapter) which he responded with he hasn’t spoken to him since the split.
After quite literally the quickest intermission ever (2 minutes) Corey came back out and played his heart out for the next 2 and a half hours performing covers such as ‘I’ll Be Your Lover, Too’ by Van Morrison and ‘Friend of the Devil’ by the Grateful Dead mixed in with Stone Sour classics and of course a staple of his solo shows the SpongeBob SquarePants theme.
Taylor then brought out his special guest of the night, Stone Sour band mate Christian Martucci who handled the more technical guitar work, not to say Taylor was rough on the acoustic himself.
The pair then proceeded with more of their own tracks plus covers from artists such as Kiss, R.E.M., Buzzcocks, The Cure and even The Goo Goo Dolls.
These solo shows are quite rare outside of the US (though he did mention trying to take it around the world one day) so I feel privileged to have been there and implore any fans of Corey Taylor if you see this is coming near you get involved, you will thank me.