Corey Taylor On Slipknot’s Financial Status: “In A Weird Way, We Don’t Make A Lot Of Money”


Despite multi-platinum status and attaining levels of fandom and touring success few bands could ever hope to achieve, it would seem that the financial rewards afforded to the masked metal marauders known as Slipknot merely allow them to live “comfortably.” Taylor even took it a step further, saying that the group’s members are essentially ‘upper middle class’ when it comes to their financial status.

The band’s vocalist Corey Taylor recently spoke on that with FeedbackDef:

“Honestly, in a weird way, we don’t make a lot of money. I mean, we make enough to live, obviously, and we can live comfortably, but we’ve never been offered massive deals. There’s a lot of us in the band, and there’s a whole crew that we have to pay. There’s the production that we have to pay for. There’s all of this shit that we need to pay for.

So at the end of the day, we are paid pretty much commensurate with what we are worth. We’ve never been even close to the big paydays that sports people get, actors — all of that shit. So in a weird way, we’re kind of — if you adjust for inflation, we’re upper middle class, basically. We’re not extravagant. We’re not rich by any stretch of the means, but we do okay. I can take care of my family. Their educations are good to go. I have insurance for all of my kids. And really, that’s it.”

Explaining why he thinks that he and his bandmates haven’t been more profitable than they already are, he replied:

“Maybe it’s because we’re so reactionary. Maybe it’s because we are not palatable for a mass audience. We appeal to our genre and people kind of on the outskirts of our genre, but that’s it. We appeal to a lot of them, so we do okay, but we’re never gonna see fucking Taylor Swift money, shit like that. So the misconception that all rock stars are just rolling in it, that’s not true. There’s a reason why we have to tour as much as we do, because that’s the only way we can actually pay our fucking bills.”


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