Last year during the height of the Covid pandemic lockdown, Corey Taylor was a guest on ‘Jackass’ star Steve-O’s podcast, Wild Ride!. On the show, Corey was asked if he was comfortable sharing stories about his journey to sobriety.
As you can read and watch below, Corey held nothing back about his early life struggles. Here’s what he had to say when asked what his drug of choice was:
“When I was a kid, I was a speed freak. I did coke, I did meth… I did all that stuff. I quit all that when I was a teenager because I OD’d twice when I was a teenager… before I was 16! When I got older I got more into booze, honestly, because it was just… easy. My personality is such that I never drank to chill… I just drank to get fucked up.
It was easy to just stay medicated, especially doing what I do. And to just continue that. I found myself becoming very, very unavailable in my own life. When you’re a father, at the time I was married (a long time ago), and I just decided man, I gotta figure this out or this is going to go in a direction I don’t want it to go. It took a long time to figure out who I was.”
Steve-O then tells Corey he heard a drug-related story about Corey once waking up in a dumpster after a night of partying and asks if it was true. Corey confirms and responds:
“The last thing I remember was that I was at a party, when I was living in Waterloo, Iowa. Blacked out, we were all just doing just whatever was there. I think my heart stopped.. something happened and my “friends” threw me away. I think they thought I was dead. I think that’s what happened. That’s the kind of city it is. When you come to, I was covered in my own blood, I pulled myself out of the dumpster. I had no shoes on, and there’s that moment where you don’t really remember how you got there and I was like 12 miles away form my house. I walked all the way back and as I was walking it started to come to me, and within a week I moved out of Waterloo and moved in with my grandmother in Des Moines.”
You can watch their full conversation below:
Hearing how much he struggled earlier in life with drugs & alcohol makes his current sobriety all the more impressive & commendable. Much respect to Corey for his honesty, openness and willingness to share his past struggles with the general public.
In other Corey Taylor-related news, Slipknot appear to be ready to unleash some new music on us very soon. We await with bated breath to see what the 9 have in store for our ears.