On May 8, 2016, SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor played a sold-out solo acoustic set at Koko in London, England. The full performance has just been released for the first time to the public at thecoreytaylor.com (free e-mail sign-up required).
Taylor states: "London is a city that holds a special place in my heart and I'm so happy this night was captured for you all to see. It was certainly a show I will always remember."
During his solo performances, Taylor plays a bunch of songs from his catalog, as well as a number of surprising covers, including THE CURE's "Lovesong".
The setlist for the Koko concert was as follows:
01. I'll Be Your Lover, Too (VAN MORRISON cover)
02. Bother (STONE SOUR song)
03. Friend Of The Devil (GRATEFUL DEAD cover)
04. Snuff (SLIPKNOT song)
05. Taciturn (STONE SOUR song)
06. SpongeBob SquarePants Theme (PAINTY THE PIRATE & KIDS cover)
07. Zzyzx Rd. (STONE SOUR song) (with Christian Martucci)
08. Have You Ever Seen The Rain? (CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL cover) (with Christian Martucci)
09. Dying (STONE SOUR song) (with Christian Martucci)
10. Hard Luck Woman (KISS cover) (with Christian Martucci)
11. The Travelers, Pt. 1 (STONE SOUR song) (with Christian Martucci)
12. Tired (STONE SOUR song) (with Christian Martucci)
13. The One I Love (R.E.M. cover) (with Christian Martucci)
14. Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've) (BUZZCOCKS cover) (with Christian Martucci)
15. 30/30-150 (STONE SOUR song) (with Christian Martucci)
16. Lovesong (THE CURE cover) (with Christian Martucci)
17. Farm Song (LIFE SEX & DEATH cover) (with Christian Martucci)
18. Name (GOO GOO DOLLS cover) (with Christian Martucci)
19. Folsom Prison Blues / Mystery Train / American Nightmare (with Christian Martucci)
20. The Conflagration (STONE SOUR song) (with Christian Martucci)
21. Through Glass (STONE SOUR song) (with Christian Martucci)
22. Take It Easy (EAGLES cover) (with Christian Martucci) (preceded by "Free Bird" tease)
23. Spit It Out (SLIPKNOT song) (preceded by "Never Gonna Give You Up" tease)
Taylor said in a 2016 interview that it would be "super greedy" of him to launch a solo career — at least for now. Speaking with RockSverige.se, Taylor explained: "I've been getting questions about solo stuff forever. But it's a good problem to have. But, at the same time, I'm in two fantastic bands. Why would I ever?"
He added, "Unless I wanted to get super greedy, why would I try to split off and do something else. I'm very fulfilled by the music that I get to make with both bands. Is there a solo album in me? Yes. But it's not gonna be for a few more years."
Taylor explained a while back what he thought a solo album from him might sound like. "For me, the stuff that I write is, it would be like a cross between the [FOO FIGHTERS], SOCIAL [DISTORTION] and THE REPLACEMENTS, you know," he told The Pulse Of Radio. "I mean, real Midwestern rock. Real, just open chords, good time rock, you know. And damn the critics, basically. That's the stuff I write and that's the stuff I've always tried to write."
The singer also expressed interest in collaborations with other artists, noting that he would love to work with rapper Eminem. Taylor said: "I would love to trade some stuff back and forth with him, because I love the way he writes and the way he flows and the attitude, the emotion that's in it. And I'm very, very attracted to that."
In a 2012 interview, Taylor said about his appreciation for other styles of music: "I had a kid ask me the other night, 'What kind of music is your guilty pleasure?' I said I don’t have any. I don't feel guilty about the music I love. If you feel guilty about something you dig, then you should stop feeling guilty about it. One of my favorite albums to this day is the tenth anniversary ensemble cast of 'Les Miserables', the ultimate cast recording, and it is still something I love listening to top to bottom."