Corey Taylor shared how Metallica‘s frontman and lead guitarist James Hetfield and Alice in Chains vocalist and guitarist Jerry Cantrell helped him become sober (stop drinking alcohol).
How did Corey Taylor Become Sober?
Before getting into Corey Taylor’s latest interview. We look into the album, titled “CMFT Must Be Stopped,” which is set to be released by Roadrunner Records on October 2, 2020. It includes the previously published singles “CMFT Must Be Stopped,” “Black Eyes Blue,” and “HWY 666.” Taylor’s versatility as a songwriter and singer is displayed on the album, blending hard rock, punk, country, and pop into a unified and dynamic sound.
“CMFB…Sides,” Corey Taylor’s solo album of acoustic and cover songs, was published in February 2022 by Roadrunner Records. The CD includes nine previously unreleased B-sides, live performances, covers of Taylor-inspired songs, and acoustic renditions. Corey Taylor shares the release date that 13 of the 26 tracks recorded for the album will be featured. Corey Taylor‘s new album, CMF2, will be released today.
How long has Corey Taylor been sober for?
When we go back to 2010, Corey Taylor used so much alcohol and drugs. But after that, Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman have been sober since 2010. During the latest interview with CoS, Taylor revealed how he survived and who helped him to become sober.
In the new interview with CoS. Taylor admits his history of substance misuse of alcohol and drugs when discussing recovery:
“Dealing with my own various addictions and fighting the depression that I had to deal with for years – the trauma that kind of came from when I was growing up.
Who helped Corey Taylor to become sober?
Corey Taylor then told Metallica‘s [James] Hetfield and Alice in Chains vocalist and guitarist Jerry Cantrell as one who “helped me kind of figure it out.”
“When he first started his journey, getting sober and getting healthy and whatnot, I looked at that, and I was, like, ‘Well, shit, if he’s strong enough to do it, maybe I can try it.’ Had a big enough effect on me that, over the years, I’ve really tried to stick with it. In figuring that out, I also realized that there were so many people who were going down that path, as well. Jerry Cantrell [Alice in Chains frontman and guitarist] had just gotten sober around that time, and he was starting to kind of put his steps together.
It takes time; it takes effort, takes work. I really have to give [James Hetfield] a lot of credit for the inspiration for that… It definitely helped to know that I wasn’t alone in it. And it certainly helped me clear my head and focus more. And really get down to writing again – really, truly writing.
Taylor also added: “weird, you realise quickly how much a part of your personality booze has become, and you kind of have to sort out who you are, what you’re comfortable with, and largely just the habit of it.”
Last year, Corey Taylor also talked about the how he feels without drinking as a sober:
“The first few years is weird, because you realize quickly how much a part of your personality booze has become, and you kind of have to sort out who you are, what you’re comfortable with and largely just the habit of it.
I was never a big beer drinker, so non-alcoholic brew, that wasn’t the key. So I started with sodas and then just kind of went to water. And now that’s just what I do. To me, going out and hanging out in a pub or a bar or whatever is more about the company you keep. And you realize at some point the golden moment is going to go away.
So you try to time your departure right around that time where you’re just, like, ‘Okay, we’ve got about 10 minutes before he becomes a super mess. So I’m gonna split, and I’ll talk to you guys later.'”
I try not to ‘Irish goodbye’ everybody, where you just split. I only did that, really, when I was drinking. But I make sure that everybody’s good; I make sure that everybody’s… Okay, if anybody needs a ride home, I’m the first one to do it. ‘Cause it’s usually just me and my wife. My wife still drinks, but she’s very social. She’s way better at it than I was. Usually right about the time she’s starting to kind of… She’s just, like, ‘I’m tired. We need to split.’ I’m, like, ‘Ah. You had me at ‘I’m ready to go.” So we’re out the door and heading for home.”
You can listen to Corey Taylor‘s “Sorry Me” from the CMF2 album below!