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Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Speaks On His Ongoing Mental Health Break And Near Relapse: “I’m Just Doing The Best For Me Right Now And It’s A Long Road”


Slipknot, Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor issued a new video statement tonight (January 24th), outlining his decision to return to touring. Earlier this month, Taylor announced that he was was scrapping his planned North American solo touring that had been booked for February/March, citing concerns over his mental & physical health.

However, Taylor‘s decision to return to the road again in late March for a tour of Japan and the Philippines has drawn some backlash and concern, given how close its proximity is to his recently canceled tour.

Speaking via his social media tonight, Taylor stated:

“Hey everybody, Corey Taylor here. Where do I even start? I decided to make this video in response to a lot of the feedback that came out after I announced that I would be carrying on with my Southeast Asia run. Originally that was supposed to mentioned in the statement that I released relating to my mental health lapse.

The truth of the matter is I understand why so many of you are upset. And I’m just gonna break it down for you. I — over the last year — have had a complete and utter breakdown of boundaries, mental health, ego, entitlement: the whole 9 yards, culminating in a very, very real, very near relapse. I kind of don’t recognize myself.

So I wanted to address this and just tell people that I needed time to reset. I needed time to start working on my heart and my mind and get straight. The reason I’m keeping the Southeast Asia run: it’s literally four shows. It’s literally a week. I’m gonna see how I do with that and just take it day by day, basically. I’m working on self-care right now. Getting the help that I need. And surrounding myself with my family.

To everyone concerned with me, thank you very much. I appreciate it. To everyone who is upset, I hope this answers your questions. I’m just doing the best for me right now and it’s a long road. And I don’t know what’s at the end of it, but I look forward to it. I have gratitude for it and I hope that you can show me some patience. Thank you.”

His scheduled dates include

03/25 Tokyo, JPN – Zepp Haneda
03/26 Tokyo, JPN – Zepp Haneda
03/28 Osaka, JPN – Osaka Bayside
04/01 Manila, THA – New Frontier Theater

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