During the red carpet portion for the recent Monster Energy Roast on the Range with Corey Taylor, the Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman dropped some exciting news on us. When we brought the band (and former rivals) Mushroomhead to his attention, Taylor said he once again was working on a tour that would unite the two mask-donning bands. But that’s not all. He added that he wanted GWAR and Mudvayne to be part of the bill, as well, potentially making this one of the biggest metal tours to happen in some time.
Here are Taylor’s quotes when we put the word in for J Mann of Mushroomhead, whom we had talked with (read interview here) prior to our trip to Columbus, Ohio:
I’m working on that, honestly. It probably won’t happen right away, just because (Slipknot’s) been gone for awhile and we have all these changes, and we’ve got a new album coming out. So we want to kinda take the first six or seven months and just kind of re-establish ourselves. But, I can say it’s on my radar and it’s one of the things I want to do, like for real. Honestly now, especially now since (GWAR vocalist) (Dave) Brockie’s dead—that was one of the guys that I really wanted to tour with. It was GWAR, (Slipknot), Mushroomhead and Mudvayne. I really wanted to put that together. So trust me. Hopefully sooner than later we will see what happens.
As it turns out, this isn’t the first time that this potential tour has been discussed. According to Loudwire, Taylor revealed these same plans in 2012 while entertaining questions from the audience on his solo tour. Regarding the so-called feud with between Slipknot and Mushroomhead, Taylor clarified things by saying:
My problem has never been with that band, my problem was with their fans at the time. The first time we played Cleveland, their fans came down, mind you we didn’t fucking say shit, their fans came down and threw everything but rocks at us. They hit (former bassist) Paul (Gray) in the face with a padlock the size of my fist; this is while we’re onstage … If it’s one thing I’ve learned, you don’t hold on to this shit, you let it go.
Taylor said he would welcome doing a show with Mushroomhead, but he didn’t stop there, he had a bigger vision, saying,
I’d love to put that together and just see what fucking happens—Slipknot, Mushroomhead, Gwar and Mudvayne.
J Mann of Mushroomhead had a slightly different version of the Slipknot/Mushroomhead feud when he talked about it in our recent interview, but he wants the two bands to share a stage, as well:
As far as a feud goes, I really think that it was 99 percent media. I don’t think we ever really had anything bad to say about them or vice versa. But media was all about trying to sell papers. This was back pre-Internet, in the early ’90s when (Slipknot) was taking off and we were signed and people were still trying to sell magazines. But it was really kind of invented, to be honest with you, because fortunately I had the opportunity to hang out with (former Slipknot bassist) Paul (Gray) and he was a sweetheart of a man. It’s sad that he passed away. He was a great guy, and we actually laughed about (the feud). And then we had a side project and (Slipknot’s) Sid (Wilson) is on it. You know what I mean? So the whole basis of it was crazy because we’ve actually hung out with the guys and we’ve actually worked with one of the guys. It’s just one of those things where gossip sells and creates interest or intrigue. I listen to the band and think they’re kickass, and one day I’d like to play with them.—J Mann of Mushroomhead
A tour like this is always difficult to put together, but Taylor seemed genuine and serious about it when we talked to him. With Paul Gray and now Dave Brockie (Oderus Urungus) passing away, it seems like Taylor wants to get this done before anything else stops them. And if he wasn’t serious, then why else would he had brought it up to us? We already know Mushroomhead is on board. So what about GWAR? The band’s future seemed uncertain with Brockie’s death, but they are going forward with the fifth annual GWAR-B-Q in Richmond, Va., on Aug. 15, preceded by a Dave Brockie Memorial (read story).
So that leaves Mudvayne. With vocalist Chad Gray currently tied up with the new Hellyeah release Blood for Blood and supporting tour, his schedule is full. Added to all of this is the fact that Mudvayne announced in March 2014 that it was going on hiatus.
Here was Mudvayne’s message for fans:
Mudvayne is on Hiatus. With respect to all the band members, we are all doing something in Music that satisfies our appetite right now. When the time is right, Mudvayne WILL be back in action. In no shape or form is this a disrespect to our Fans. We Love our Fans and will give them all they can handle when it is Time. Til then, Patience is needed.—Mudvayne Official Facebook Page, March 31, 2014
So there are some major hurdles to overcome for this Slipknot/Mushroomhead/Gwar/Mudvayne tour to happen. but for Taylor talking it up once again, I think it eventually gets done. 2015? 2016?