Corey Taylor Says He Wants To Be a ‘Mash-Up’ of Ozzy Osbourne + Bruce Springsteen

Ozzy Osbourne Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images / Corey Taylor Photo by Venla Shalin/Redferns (via Getty Images) / Bruce Springsteen: Takahiro Kyono, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons
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Corey Taylor has led one hell of a fascinating rock and roll life. He started his journey almost 25 years ago in Slipknot, and in the years that have followed, he has strived to build upon himself as an artist. When it comes to honing his craft and becoming the musician he wants to be, there are two artists Taylor would like to be a “mash-up” of – those stars being Bruce Springsteen and Ozzy Osbourne.

Toward the end of a recent chat with Metal Hammer, Taylor was asked about his roughly 25-year-long journey and what his upcoming new album, CMF2, has to “say” about him. In his response to this, Taylor talks about what he wants to accomplish in his “third act,” and how he wants to be a “mash-up” of Springsteen and Osbourne. Per Taylor:

“I’m looking at this as my third chapter. Starting out with Slipknot was a war just to keep my shit together, then as time went on it became about balancing two massive acts and to keep doing it for my own pure reasons. This third act will probably be the last 20 years of my career, presuming I make it another 20 years!

“For me, the third act is bringing together music from this wheel I’ve found myself in – songs from Slipknot, from Stone Sour, and to show people things and bands they’ve never heard before. I want to be a mash-up of Bruce Springsteen and Ozzy Osbourne.”

What do you think of this desire to be a mash-up of Springsteen and Osbourne? Can you hear a little of each artist in Corey Taylor’s music? CMF2 will be released on September 15th, and below you can find Taylor’s upcoming solo tour dates.

Upcoming solo Corey Taylor 2023 tour dates

  • Aug. 25 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium *
    Aug. 27 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater *
    Aug. 28 – Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore *
    Aug. 30 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave/Eagles Club – Eagles Ballroom *
    Aug. 31 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre *
    Sep. 2 – Chesterfield, MO – The Factory *
    Sep. 3 – Pryor, OK – Pryor Creek Music Festival Grounds (Rocklahoma) ***
    Sep. 5 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit *
    Sep. 7 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues *
    Sep. 9 – Cincinnati, OH – The Andrew J Brady Music Center *
    Sep. 10 – Alton, VA – Virginia International Raceway (Blue Ridge Rock Festival) ***
    Sep. 12 – Montclair, NJ – The Wellmont Theater *
    Sep. 13 – Boston, MA – House of Blues *
    Sep. 15 – Wallingford, CT – The Dome at Oakdale **
    Sep. 16 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount **
    Sep. 18 – North Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues **
    Sep. 19 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues **
    Sep. 21 – Huntsville, AL – Mars Music Hall **
    Sep. 22 – Louisville, KY – Kentucky Exposition Center (Louder Than Life) ***
    Sep. 24 – Houston, TX – House of Blues **
    Sep. 25 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues **
    Sep. 27 – Albuquerque, NM – Revel **
    Sep. 28 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre **
    Sep. 29 – Henderson, NV – The Dollar Loan Center ***
    Oct. 1 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues **
    Oct. 3 – Riverside, CA – Riverside Municipal Auditorium **
    Oct. 5 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern **
    Oct. 7 – Sacramento, CA – Discovery Park (Aftershock Festival) ***

*** Festival / Radio show