Last Wednesday, December 8th, was Corey Taylor‘s 48th birthday. Besides getting a ton of online tributes from people all over the world, the Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman also received a surprise birthday cake — that was an accurate depiction of his own head in his Slipknot mask.
During his appearance at Steel City Con, Taylor was presented with what appeared to be a model of his own head — and then everyone started singing the birthday song to him. “Is this a cake?” laughed the vocalist, before blushing his way through the remainder of the singing. “First of all,” he said afterwards, “the neck’s not nearly big enough.”
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It’s awesome to see Corey digging on his new mask so much — especially given that even he now admits that his last mask for 2019’s We Are Not Your Kind missed the mark a little.
“I spent three months designing that specifically. ‘Cause the last one was — it was cool but it wasn’t exactly what I wanted to do. So this time around, I started early,” Corey told crowds at this year’s Texas Frightmare Weekend. “I actually started designing this before the end of the We Are Not Your Kind cycle, just to make sure that I was ahead of the game and making sure I could dial in all the details and whatnot. And I actually did it with a young man named Conor Deless, who’s super cool. And he flew out. I walked him through everything that I wanted to have on it. And he was able to mock something up really quick, man. And he really got to the essence of what I was trying to configure. It was almost immediate. And then, really, it was just a matter of waiting for him to build the damn thing…We did the mold. We built it right to my face, so it fits like a glove. And it’s hot as balls, but it’s so rad on stage; it just looks really, really cool. I’m calling it the smiling skull mask.”
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Words by Chris Krovatin