In a model new interview with “The Eric Zane Present”, SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor was requested what his “favourite cowl track of all time” is to carry out. He responded (as transcribed by Phoosi): “That is robust, man, as a result of I’m a rabid lover of doing covers and whatnot, particularly in the suitable track and the suitable register — you are not singing exterior of it — and also you get the suitable group of individuals. Or doing a cool acoustic model of considered one of them. I am exhausting pressed to [pick one]. I’ll say, clearly, considered one of my favourite songs of all time is ‘Would?’ by ALICE IN CHAINS, and I received to play that with [ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist/vocalist] Jerry Cantrell one night time at a CAMP FREDDY present many, many moons in the past. And it was most likely the spotlight of my life. As a result of he wasn’t even gonna play, after which some folks talked him into leaping up and enjoying it. And I used to be simply, like, [makes wheezing sound]. That is my second.’ It is nonetheless to me considered one of my favourite, favourite moments.”
Taylor beforehand praised ALICE IN CHAINS throughout the question-and-answer portion of his December 2021 look at Jo Ann Davidson Theatre on the Riffe Heart in Columbus, Ohio. When requested to call his favourite of the “massive 4” Seattle grunge bands — SOUNDGARDEN, ALICE IN CHAINS, PEARL JAM and NIRVANA, he responded: “It needs to be ALICE IN CHAINS. ALICE IN CHAINS, to me, is among the biggest rock bands that ever was. And I do not simply imply that from a grunge standpoint or steel or something like that. They revolutionized a lot musically they usually impressed me to vary the way in which I write music. I imply, full cease, interval, the tip of sentence. [Late ALICE IN CHAINS frontman] Layne Staley remains to be one of many biggest fucking singers that ever lived. Now, that’s not a mirrored image of the demons that he needed to battle, clearly, and that is every little thing to do together with his expertise. He simply made it look so fucking simple, and he might sing something, he might write something, and the shit that he was writing about was killing him, and but we beloved it. To me, that was the best baring of the soul that I ever listened to. And in the event you want any extra proof of that, all you want to do is take heed to ‘Nutshell’. It is one of many biggest songs ever written. And that is not even my favourite ALICE IN CHAINS track. My favourite ALICE IN CHAINS track is ‘Would?’ Full cease. That track is fucking unbelievable. However ‘Nutshell’ is such an outpouring of making an attempt to share with you the darkness that is in his coronary heart. And regardless that you are listening to it, it is so mild, you are simply, like, ‘Fuck. The place is he?’ And we by no means knew. And that is the nice tragedy of individuals like Layne. It isn’t simply Layne, clearly; there’s so many individuals that got here from that era of artists. The ache they handled — a few of them gained, a few of them did not. However the good thing is that we are able to take heed to their music and it may possibly assist us get previous our personal ache. And there is most likely not a day that goes by that I do not take heed to ALICE IN CHAINS. It is nonetheless simply that good. And the truth that I do know these guys now could be simply icing on the cake. It is rad to have the ability to hang around along with your favourite band.”
Again in 2015, Taylor stated that he “would love” to collaborate with Cantrell. He stated: “We’re actually good associates. I’ve recognized these guys for fairly some time, and ALICE IN CHAINS is considered one of my favourite bands of all time. I’d like to create one thing cool and darkish with him, and simply have enjoyable with it. So if I had an opportunity to, man, I’d completely be down with that.”
This previous February, Taylor launched a solo album of covers and acoustic recordings, titled “CMFB…Sides”, by way of Roadrunner Data. “CMFB…Sides” opens with a rendition of METALLICA‘s “Holier Than Thou” and likewise options covers from DEAD BOYS, Eddie Cash, RED RIDER, KISS and JOHN CAFFERTY & THE BEAVER BROWN BAND.