Gig Review

Corey Taylor
Birmingham, HMV Institute
13th July 2011
Corey Taylor                 
Having been on my feet since 8am to get to Birmingham Waterstones for his book signing at 9:30 and I STILL wasn’t included in the first 300 people he was seeing as I was number 343 (thank God he extended it and did an extra 100 so I got seen) and then headed off to the HMV Institute for the concert.

Having seen Corey play with slipknot this weekend at Sonisphere I was particularly excited to see what this night was going to consist of. We all piled in to this moderate sized room and eagerly awaited the arrival of the man we’re here to see them he came. The first section of the night was a reading from his new book which he admitted to being a little bit nervous about; he read us a section from chapter 5 entitled “Three Toed Sloth” and then had a 50 minute Q&A with the audience which shed a lot of light on Corey Taylor as a human being and his points of view on various topics. Things that came up were such things as the future of Slipknot, life on the road, family life and a very emotional story of Corey’s fondest memory of Paul Gray.

After the Q&A Corey left for 5 minutes to have a smoke and pee before returning to serenade us with acoustic music for the remainder of the evening, we got some absolute gems like “Bother”, “Through the Glass”, “Wicked Game”, “Hesitate” and an acoustic version of Slipknot classic “Spit it Out” . As well as this he did many covers; most memorable to me were “Wild Horses” by the Rolling stones, “Patience” by Guns N’ Roses, “Black” by Pearl Jam and “You Got Lucky” by Tom Petty. Those are the full songs I remember but he also has a bit of a laugh with playing tiny snippits of other songs like “Paranoid” by Black Sabbath, “Killing in the Name of” by RATM and Everlong by Foo Fighters amongst many others. My favourite part of the night is where Corey gets his son onstage as well as his niece on stage and embarreses them by singing the spongebob squarepants theme tune for them, it was absolutely hysterical.

For a night of a man, with a book and an acoustic guitar on paper looks like it’d be a bit boring; Corey Taylor however took it added some laughs, some tears and some intellect to it and made it a night that I will never forget for as long as I live.


Review By James Webb

 Corey Taylor

Corey Taylor

 Band Related Links
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 Review Score Code
- Top Cheese
- Brilliant
- Pretty damn good
- Ok I guess
- What Was That?