Slipknot’s Corey Taylor opens up about battling alcoholism

"There was a huge war going on in my head," Taylor said

Slipknot‘s Corey Taylor has opened up about his battle with alcoholism after appearing as a guest on the first episode of Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian’s new radio show ‘Never Meet Your Heroes’.

During the show, Taylor discussed how growing up in Iowa influenced his pursuit of making music and his extensive career in Slipknot before discussing his battles with alcoholism.

He spoke of how Slipknot’s success fueled an ego that led him down a destructive path. “There was a huge war going on in my head, and that kind of fed the booze,” he said. “That fed a lot of my issues with drinking and shit because I had given up drugs when I was a teenager so that wasn’t an issue for me, but the booze was really the anchor that I [still had].”

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He continued, “I had bullshitted myself into thinking that I couldn’t go on stage without it like, ‘It’s good luck.’ Such addict bullshit.”

In July, Taylor threw a fan out of a Slipknot concert before doing the same thing at a concert in August. The band were playing at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, California, when the frontman began ordering security to remove a fan from the crowd.

Footage from the concert shows Taylor pointing at a fan in the audience and yelling “Get him the fuck out!” into the microphone.

According to fans on Reddit, security guards had to wrestle the fan from the crowd, while one user wrote: “I was there! All I heard was, ‘That motherfucker with the glasses. Get him the fuck out of here.’ This is my fourth show and I’ve never seen that.”

Video footage of Taylor kicking a fan out of a in Toronto saw the singer pointing at someone in the crowd and saying: “You don’t show me shit, you little pussy.”

He gestures that the man should leave, then continues performing while pointing, until security staff follow his finger and remove the person from the show. He then says: “Bye-bye. Yip, bye-bye, bitch.”