David "Gus" Griesinger of BackstageAxxess.com conducted an interview with SLIPKNOT members Corey Taylor (also of STONE SOUR) and Shawn "Clown "Crahan on the "black carpet" of the third annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards, which was held on April 20 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California. You can now watch the chat below.
When asked if there is still a chance that he will become the new lead singer of VELVET REVOLVER, Taylor replied, "It wasn't in the cards, and that's cool. I made some great friends; obviously, I'm jamming with [VELVET REVOLVER bassist] Duff [McKagan's DUFF MCKAGAN'S LOADED] tonight. It was just cool to kind of get together with them and jam, man. But it's all good."
Taylor may not be adding "VELVET REVOLVER frontman" to his resume as rumored, but VELVET bassist Duff McKagan says that recordings exist of Taylor singing with the band. Asked about the speculation that Taylor was their man, McKagan told Music Radar, "We recorded a bunch of songs with Corey. I think he's fucking great. Whether he's in VELVET REVOLVER or not . . . I think he's the best voice of a new generation. The best rock 'n' voice out there. He's got a lot of positive energy. I'd be proud to do anything with him."
McKagan added, "But the truth is . . . I can't see VELVET REVOLVER happening till fall, maybe. (VELVET guitarist) Slash is touring, I'm just starting to tour . . . We'll just see. I just don't have an answer. I don't."
This was the first time that a member of VELVET REVOLVER has confirmed actually recording with Taylor.
It was just two months ago that it looked increasingly likely that VELVET REVOLVER was going to announce Taylor as the band's new vocalist. Taylor had hinted at it, and both McKagan and Slash had confirmed meeting with Taylor.
But things seemed to cool down in March, with Taylor recently sporting a "I am not the new singer in VELVET REVOLVER" T-shirt and McKagan telling England's Total Rock that the band may even put its search on hold again.
Slash has said in recent interviews that he plans to make a new solo album this year, while McKagan is touring with his side band LOADED and launching a wealth management firm for musicians.
Taylor is currently on the road with STONE SOUR and will do some summer festival gigs with SLIPKNOT.
Video footage of Steve Jones (SEX PISTOLS) and Corey Taylor performing a cover version of JUDAS PRIEST's "Electric Eye" with DUFF MCKAGAN'S LOADED at this year's Revolver Golden Gods Awards can be viewed below.
Highlights from the Revolver Golden Gods Awards will be broadcast on VH1 Classic on Saturday, May 28. Revolver will release a special Golden Gods issue of the magazine on May 24. The Golden Gods issue will include exclusive behind-the-scenes photos and interviews.