Slipknot’s Corey Taylor recently took part in a Q&A session during his December 13 appearance at Jo Ann Davidson Theatre at the Riffe Center in Columbus, Ohio. Taylor was asked to name his favorite of the “big four” Seattle grunge bands — Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam and Nirvana. He further opened up on Alice in Chains’ Layne Staley, who had rejected the idea of changing the ‘Alice In Chains’ name.
Corey Taylor lauds Layne Staley
As it turns out, Taylor claimed that Alice in Chains is one of the greatest rock bands that ever was. According to him, they revolutionized a lot and inspired him to change the way he wrote. He further lauded the band frontman Layne Staley:
“It has to be Alice In Chains. Alice In Chains, to me, is one of the greatest rock bands that ever was. And I don’t just mean that from a grunge standpoint or metal or anything like that. They revolutionized so much musically and they inspired me to change the way I write music. I mean, full stop, period, the end of sentence. [Late Alice In Chains frontman] Layne Staley is still one of the greatest ****ing singers that ever lived. “
2021 has been as busy as ever for Taylor. Having just wrapped Slipknot’s “Knotfest Roadshow” U.S. tour, Corey also hit the road in support of his debut solo album, “CMFT”, released an inspired new cover of Crossby, Stills, Nash & Young’s “Carry On” and fronted Ground Control, a supergroup also comprised of Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Dave Navarro, and Chris Chaney of of Jane’s Addiction performing at “The Bowie Celebration: Just For One Day” in tribute to the late David Bowie.