While being interviewed by Live Metal on the red carpet of the May 15 "Monster Energy Roast On The Range With Corey Taylor" event in Columbus, Ohio, the SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman dropped some exciting news regarding SLIPKNOT's upcoming touring activities. When MUSHROOMHEAD was brought up during the chat, Taylor said he was working on a tour that would unite the two mask-donning bands. But that's not all. He added that he wanted GWAR and MUDVAYNE to be part of the bill, as well, potentially making this one of the biggest metal tours to happen in some time.
Said Taylor: "I'm working on that [a tour featuring SLIPKNOT and MUSHROOMHEAD], honestly. It probably won't happen right away, just because [SLIPKNOT's] been gone for awhile and we have all these changes, and we've got a new album coming out. So we want to kinda take the first six or seven months and just kind of re-establish ourselves. But I can say it's on my radar and it's one of the things I want to do, like for real. Honestly now, especially now since [GWAR vocalist Dave] Brockie's dead — that was one of the guys that I really wanted to tour with. It was GWAR, [SLIPKNOT], MUSHROOMHEAD and MUDVAYNE. I really wanted to put that together. So trust me. Hopefully sooner than later we will see what happens."
This isn't the first time that the possibility of SLIPKNOT and MUSHROOMHEAD sharing the stage has been discussed. Taylor revealed those same plans at the end of 2011 while taking questions from the audience during his solo tour. Corey said, "My problem has never been with that band, my problem was with their fans at the time. I would welcome it. I'd love to do something like that, you know. Especially now. I think it'd beautiful to put something like that together and just see what fucking happens — SLIPKNOT, MUSHROOMHEAD, GWAR and fucking MUDVAYNE. Because if it's one thing I've learned, you don't hold on to stupid shit, you let it go."
Reportedly, there had always been animosity between the two groups because they are both heavy bands who wear masks. However, the real hatred reportedly started in 2002 when SLIPKNOT was playing in Cleveland and fans threw things at the group while on stage. SLIPKNOT believed that MUSHROOMHEAD put the fans up to it.
J Mann of MUSHROOMHEAD had a slightly different version of how the SLIPKNOT / MUSHROOMHEAD feud started when he talked about it in a recent interview with Live Metal. He said: "As far as a feud goes, I really think that it was 99 percent media. I don't think we ever really had anything bad to say about them or vice versa. But media was all about trying to sell papers. This was back pre-Internet, in the early '90s when [SLIPKNOT] was taking off and we were signed and people were still trying to sell magazines. But it was really kind of invented, to be honest with you, because fortunately I had the opportunity to hang out with [late SLIPKNOT bassist] Paul [Gray] and he was a sweetheart of a man. It's sad that he passed away. He was a great guy, and we actually laughed about (the feud). And then we had a side project and [SLIPKNOT's] Sid [Wilson] is on it. You know what I mean? So the whole basis of it was crazy because we've actually hung out with the guys and we've actually worked with one of the guys. It's just one of those things where gossip sells and creates interest or intrigue. I listen to the band and think they're kickass, and one day I'd like to play with them."
SLIPKNOT is currently working on a new studio album for a tentative late 2014 release. The band's first all-new CD since 2008's "All Hope Is Gone" will also be its first since the 2010 death of Paul Gray and the late 2013 dismissal of drummer Joey Jordison, both founding members and primary songwriters.
MUSHROOMHEAD's eighth studio album, "The Righteous & The Butterfly", sold around 11,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 20 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on May 13 via Megaforce Records.