Interview Outtake: Slipknot Vocalist Corey Taylor Shares Vinnie Paul’s Advice After Paul Gray’s Passing

With the release of our new Slipknot special collector’s issue, we’re celebrating Slipknot month on RevolverMag.com, unleashing new interviews, photos, favorite Slipknot song picks from a host of celeb columnists, and much more. So check back right here often. In the issue, we talk to Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor about the passing of bassist Paul Gray and the band’s future. In this exclusive outtake from our interview, Taylor shares the words of wisdom he received from Vinnie Paul, of Pantera and Hellyeah fame, who, of course, lost his own bandmate, and brother, Dimebag Darrell to tragedy.

“You know, it’s crazy: The first gig that we played with [Taylor's other band] Stone Sour [after Paul's death] was one of the Rock am Ring, Rock im Park festivals. And the first people I saw were the guys in Alice in Chains [who lost original singer Layne Staley] and the guys from Hellyeah and then later on James Hetfield [who lost Metallica bassist Cliff Burton] went out of his way to come and check on me. And it was crazy, you know, like, you don’t really sit down and think about, not only the fact that you’ve lost someone, but just how many people have in this business. I mean, it’s kind of crazy. Just the fact that they went  out of their way to see how I was doing and see how the band was doing, not only let me know how much respect they had for Paul, but for the band as a whole, you know. And in a weird way, it felt good to know that, you know, Pauly left his mark, Pauly left his legacy. He helped create music that touched so many people,whether they were fans or other bands.

“The thing that they let me know is that it never really goes away: There’s always a hole basically. It may get better but it never really goes away. The best advice I got was from Vinnie. And he basically told me—and this is a guy who not only lost his band mate, but he lost his brother, his true brother—he let me know, he’s like, “Man, the thing you’ve gotta remember is you’re living for two. You’re living for two now ’cause his spirit is never gone.” He’s like, “So everything you do, every experience, every victory, you know, you’re winning for two, you’re living for two, you’re laughing for two. That’s forever.” And that…it made it a little easier for me. It let me enjoy things. It let me love again, basically, let’s put it that way. And I keep Paul with me every day, you know. And I can’t tell you how much I appreciate Vinnie sharing that with me ’cause, I mean, I knew Vinnie and Dime, both, you know. They were at our first show in Dallas. We got to hang out with them–they were the first dudes that really went out of their way to embrace Slipknot, as far as, like, other bands go. And it was great, it felt really good to know that Vinnie was sharing something with me like that.”

 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/schott.dominik Dominik Schott

    heroics! R.I.P. Paul …:( We all live for two now. !

  • Dominique Davis

    RIP Paul! and RIP Dime! We all have to live through loss, so lets make sure we live it up for all the ones that can’t! I <3 Slipknot and will always support yall however is necessary! Keep on going for Paul!

  • Agu

    slipknot in argentina 2011?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeremy-Rhodes/100000763845437 Jeremy Rhodes

    I never met anyone mentioned in this article personally, but this brought a tear to my eye and a new perspective on losing my own brother and friend. i never thought of it as “now i’m living for two”. thanks for the new outlook on the matter.

    • Lordjanos

      amen, brother

    • Lordjanos

      amen, brother

    • Lordjanos

      amen, brother

  • Jah_one1211

    I wish the remaining members of Pantera, would kiss and make up, and play some f-ing music again.

    • KBevilhatemusic

      Without Dimebag, there is no Pantera. Period!

    • KBevilhatemusic

      Without Dimebag, there is no Pantera. Period!

      • Sjdfsj

        fuck phil!

        • Tristan Bc

          People like you really piss me off, Phil is not perfect he says whats on his mind, and everyone remembers Phil for what he said in a stupid interview no one thinks about how he was in sever pain and was taking heroin so when your fucked up you say fucked up things, so people think about that before they just start hating on someone that was going threw a tough time.

      • Slunkscene

        Seriously Dimebag was the soul of Pantera. If they got back together without him it would be a travesty, I think they all respect him enough not to do that.

        • Hyde2042

          Exactly, there aren’t any guitarists that can replicate his sound and style. THe closest would be Zakk, but it wouldn’t be the same because his style is still quite different.

    • KBevilhatemusic

      Without Dimebag, there is no Pantera. Period!

  • Miguel A. Perez

    Thats really deep, and vinnie has all the reason, bodies can go , but the true spirit always stays with us… so R.I.P Dime and R.I.P Paul  … fans will always support you guys!

  • Ken McNally

    Never thought of it that way, I recently lost someone I loved very much and haven’t been handling very well, Thanks for sharing these great words of wisdom!! RIP my friends and idols

  • Ken McNally

    Never thought of it that way, I recently lost someone I loved very much and haven’t been handling very well, Thanks for sharing these great words of wisdom!! RIP my friends and idols

  • Vrangsinn

    R.I.P. PAUL N DIME. We all live for 2.

  • Vrangsinn

    R.I.P. PAUL N DIME. We all live for 2.

  • Vrangsinn

    R.I.P. PAUL N DIME. We all live for 2.

  • Nyolzz1331

    R.I.P PAUL N DIME..THANKS FOR THE FUCKING MUSIC WHAT YOU HAVE DONE FOR US..FOR THIS 2 AMAZING GUYS..FANS ARE ALWAYS HERETO CHEER YOU UP!…

    • Sapeltura

      Paul and dime are our god & they r jammin up in hell cuz they were cowboyz from hell…haha we luv u…….!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stevoriddell

    mate that was so touching, i could cry for you bro

  • Ben Riddell91

    these words mean so much more than i could comprehend! i lost a bro recently and you put it into perspective no matter how much bigger scale you boys are!!

  • Tristan BC

    Vinnie is a trooper but I dont think Dimebag would like how Vinne is shunning Phil Anselmo, its pretty sad :(

  • Nate

    Whether Dime would like how Vinnie was shunning Phil or not, you gotta respect Vinnie’s point of view. Phil was an outright cunt to Dime before Dime was killed. And fuck, it’s Dime, how the fuck could you rip on Dime? He was such a cool, easy going, cruisy guy. Never did anything but embrace others. I don’t know where the fuck Phil’s head was at.
    I agree that everyone should to forgive and forget to heal, but Vinnie lost a brother, and i’m fucked if i’m going to say he’s wrong. He’s the one who lost a brother. Not Phil.

  • Nate

    Whether Dime would like how Vinnie was shunning Phil or not, you gotta respect Vinnie’s point of view. Phil was an outright cunt to Dime before Dime was killed. And fuck, it’s Dime, how the fuck could you rip on Dime? He was such a cool, easy going, cruisy guy. Never did anything but embrace others. I don’t know where the fuck Phil’s head was at.
    I agree that everyone should to forgive and forget to heal, but Vinnie lost a brother, and i’m fucked if i’m going to say he’s wrong. He’s the one who lost a brother. Not Phil.

  • Henrik

    RIP Dimebag, love you forever!

  • Henrik

    RIP Dimebag, love you forever!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6JUMJTXRMJIF4KAKB2XM2QR4LE randy r

    it sucks when people die and great musicians pass so do their style and technique but when famous people pass away from suicide and drug overdoses who gives a sh*t they they were weak mind body and soul dont mourn them and RIP DIMEBAG no one will ever play that guitar like you could and i hope you are kikin that rat bastards ass that killed you  every day 

  • Anna

    That was incredibly uplifting. I’ve lost some dear friends before and this is a good thing to hear :) RIP Dimebag and Paul <3

  • Anna

    That was incredibly uplifting. I’ve lost some dear friends before and this is a good thing to hear :) RIP Dimebag and Paul <3

  • Dnastyndavalley

    Just another reason why Vinnie Paul kicks ass

  • Dnastyndavalley

    Just another reason why Vinnie Paul kicks ass

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Travise/1649861293 Michael Travise

    Vinne Paul Brick Wall Badass Mfer

  • Djwalsh92

    great article, RIP paul, dime and cliff and all the others, much love

  • roy

    how nice ur rockin my world slipknot i love you

  • Apow

    fags

  • Tomasagg

    PAUL GRAY AND DIMEBAG WILL DE MISSED AND HONORED FOREVER AS HEAVY METAL LEGENDS NUFF SAID

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Susie-Mayfield/640739654 Susie Mayfield

    Vinnie’s attitude is amazing. Dime would be so proud of how his bro has made it about life and focused on what was so great about Dime. I really feel that’s what he would want. Hats off to Vinnie complete respect. MM/ MM/ 

  • Dymrip

    RIP to the greats we have lost, Paul, Dime, Layne, Cliff, and most recently Cory Smoot.  All major influences on me who will never be forgotten.

  • Brianmeehan7

    when vinNY gave Corey some advice, that musta been exciting you know; lots of people get into the business. like really…?