Frontman opens up about dealing with his bandmate's death

Corey Taylor has spoken about how he has dealt with the death of Slipknot bandmate Paul Gray – saying he thinks the bassist would want the band to continue.

Slipknot recently announced that they will tour Europe next summer, while Gray died of a suspected overdose last June.

Speaking to NME in a video you can watch on the right of your screen now, Taylor revealed that he took inspiration from Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul when dealing with Gray’s death.

Paul lost his brother and former Pantera bandmate ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Abbott when the guitarist was shot and killed onstage in Columbus, Ohio while performing as part of his band Damageplan in 2004.

Taylor said Paul told him to remember he was “living for two people now”. He spoke about how he intends to continue playing to honour Gray and former Avenged Sevenfold drummer The Rev, who died of a drug overdose in December 2009.

“It’s important to celebrate life and not revel in death,” he said. “Jimmy [‘The Rev’ Sullivan] and Paul [Gray] wouldn’t want us to. They would want us to keep going because they loved doing this. They absolutely loved doing this. In their spirit we should continue, I’ve never seen a guy who loved playing as much as Paulie and who gave so much.”

Watch the full interview with Taylor on the right of your screen.