Slipknot members Corey Taylor and Sid Wilson have had one hell of a rocky relationship. While there have been various strained relationships within the band throughout the years, Corey and Sid’s relationship was tumultuous and explosive.
During a recent fan Q&A that took place at Monster-Mania Con, Corey was asked about fighting within the band; specifically, he is asked what has been one of the biggest fights to take place within the band. In response, Taylor talks about how bad things used to be between him and Wilson.
He talks about how, at one point, neither of them could be in a room together at the same time, and a thing that Wilson did to Corey that really pissed the latter off. However, over the course of time, the two would eventually make amends.
Below is everything that Corey had to say about his past strained relationship with Sid Wilson. (The following was transcribed by Blabbermouth, who also received transcription assistance from Bob Suehs of Rock N Roll Experience):
“Me and Sid [Wilson] got into a fistfight, and it’s something that I’m not proud of. It was during a tough, tough time. He and I were at such parallel ends — polarized and parallel ends — of the universe for no reason other than we were just in different spots in our life. But for some reason we were just banging heads hard. And it wasn’t good, to the point where when he would come into the room, I would leave, and if I came into the room, he would leave. This was about six years ago, so it’s… We’re good now, just so everybody knows. But it came to a head in Sweden. And he and I were both on a tear. Luckily, we kept this away from the fans.
“We had just had a meet-and-greet at the time. And a fan had given me a comic book that I had been looking for for a long time. So I was looking at it, and really appreciating it, and Sid being Sid, [he] came up and not knowing what was going on, he probably thought he was just joking, but came up and he just smacked it right out of my hand hard. He just nailed it. And in any other context, it would have been funny, like, ‘Oh, you dick,’ you know.
“But everything was amplified and all of the things you haven’t said come rushing to the front of your mind and it becomes an issue. And that turned into us turning on each other and going at each other hard to the point where the band had to pull us apart. He was saying he was gonna go home and leave the tour. I wasn’t going to apologize. It was bad, man.”
Corey then goes on to talk about him and Sid making amends with one another and how their relationship is in a much better place today.
“When I had my spinal surgery [Corey tears up], [Sid] was the first one to call me and [pauses] he just said, he was, like, ‘I’m so sorry,’ and I said, ‘I am so sorry.’ And I said ‘I love you.’ He was, like, ‘Are you okay?’ And I was, like, ‘I’m all right. It’s all good.’ And just like that, nothing mattered other than me and my brother. [Corey wipes his eyes]
“I’m really proud and I’m really glad that he and I could squash all that shit, because he’s one of my favorite people in the world. Just the way he thinks, the way he creates, he’s one of the best secret weapons that we have in Slipknot, because his musical mind is so creative. And plus, he schools us on every mask that he comes up with. I just look at him and go, ‘You fucker! Goddamn it! Why did you think of that?’
“But it’s stuff like that that endears you to the people that you’ve been in the trenches with, that you’ve spent half your life with on the road building this thing. I didn’t expect it, and yet to this day, it means the world to me. So that’s how you carry on. It’s not about the fights; it’s about coming back together. And that’s the most important thing that we’re ever gonna know. It’s that shit; that’s the stuff that you do.”
Below you can find footage of Corey Taylor sharing this story himself.