Corey Taylor — the man behind Slipknot’s crash-test-dummy mask — will be the subject of a roast at this summer’s Rock on the Range festival at the LC Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio. The event accompanies perfeormances by Guns N’ Roses, Slayer, Avenged Sevenfold, Mastodon and more, who will be performing as part of the three-day concert at the city’s Crew Stadium.
The takedown, emceed by “roastmaster” and former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach, will take place on May 15th at what has been named the “Roast on the Range.” A mix of comedians and musicians, including Brian Posehn, Slipknot percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan and Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian, among others, will all take turns taking potshots at the vocalist, who also fronts the hard rock group Stone Sour. Tickets are on sale now.
“I’m a little nervous, a little excited, and of course a little gassy,” Taylor said in a statement. “But that could just be the excitement. I’m really looking forward to it, but knowing my friends and the possibilities for who could be a part of this, I have no idea what I’m getting into.”
The roast is part of Revolver and Guitar World magazines’ annual Rock and Roll Roast Comedy Series. Previous roast subjects have included former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist and Black Label Society frontman Zakk Wylde and Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider.
Taylor’s appearance at Rock on the Range is notable considering the lack of live activity from both of his bands; only Stone Sour have a date on the books, playing Wisconsin’s Rock Fest in July. Moreover, Slipknot specifically have reached an impasse. In December, they parted ways with drummer and one of their primary songwriters, Joey Jordison. “This band has been my life for the last 18 years, and I would never abandon it, or my fans,” the drummer said in a statement in January. “This news has shocked and blindsided me as much as it has all of you.”
In the meantime, Slipknot have begun moving forward and are working on a new album, their first since the 2008 release All Hope Is Gone and the 2010 death of bassist Paul Gray. According to Blabbermouth, Taylor told Kerrang! that the group had begun “major, major work” on the LP. “I can say that, to me — and this is only my opinion — it’s a cross between [2001’s] Iowa and [2004’s] Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses), but that’s honestly just scratching the surface,” he said. “I think fans are going to be very, very excited when they hear this stuff.”
On February 27th, the group replaced all the imagery on its website and Facebook page with blackness. The group has not made any announcements about the future of the band since.