The Slipknot singer was slated to hit the road next month

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Corey Taylor has canceled his upcoming North American tour. The Slipknot singer was slated to hit the road next month, but he has unexpectedly pulled the plug on the run. Taylor said that his “mental and physical health have been breaking down” in recent months.

Taylor is still scheduled to appear at Copenhell in Denmark this June alongside Avenged Sevenfold, The Offspring, Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson, Dropkick Murphys, Slaughter to Prevail, Hammerfall, Machine Head, Cradle of Filth, Denmark’s own Asinhell (featuring Volbeat frontman Michael Poulsen), and many more.

“It is with a heavy heart that I announce the cancellation of my upcoming North American tour. For the past several months my mental and physical health have been breaking down, and I reached a place that was unhealthy for my family and I. I know this decision will come as a shock to some and may be regarded as unpopular by others – but after taking a hard look at where I am and where I was going, I need to pull myself back and be home with my family for the time being. Those of you who bought tickets and VIP packages for this upcoming run will get a full refund.

I send my love to the fans, my band, my family and friends, and everyone who’s helped me get here thus far. I promise I’m doing everything I can to be as healthy as I can be. Until then, my apologies to everyone we would have seen on the tour – and hopefully we’ll see you again down the line.”

– Corey Taylor

Taylor’s sophomore solo effort CMF2 came out on September 15 through BMG. It follows up Taylor’s 2020 solo debut CMFT, which contained the No. 1 Billboard mainstream rock single “Black Eyes Blue” and streaming sensation “CMFT Must Be Stopped” (feat. Tech N9ne and Kid Bookie). The album hit No. 6 on Billboard’s US Top Rock Albums charts.

“My first solo album was kind of where I was coming from,” Taylor said. “This album is more where we’re going.”

Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Steel Panther, Amon Amarth), who produced Stone Sour’s 2017 Hydrograd LP as well as CMFT, returns for Taylor’s second full-length.

“Together we have great ideas, great energy, and are quick to try everything,” Taylor says of his studio collaborator. “We’re not afraid to tell each other if it’s a good idea, or also a bad one; we have that kind of trust.” 

On CMF2, Taylor sings and plays lead and rhythm guitar, piano, and mandolin.

Next year, Taylor’s schedule is already getting stacked with Slipknot commitments. The band is returning to Europe and the UK next December for an arena tour. The run begins on 5 December in Amsterdam, Netherlands, with stops in Germany, Switzerland, France, and more. Very special guests for the trek will be Bleed from Within. Slipknot will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of their seminal self-titled debut album. The record put a little-known nine piece from Iowa on the map. Now, the group is commemorating the landmark LP out on the road.

Slipknot’s seventh studio album The End, So Far arrived last September via Roadrunner Records. The record peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, and hit No. 1 across Billboard’s Top Rock, Hard Rock, and Alternative Albums charts. Joe Barresi (Avenged Sevenfold, Chevelle, Clutch) produced the album, after having mixed Slipknot’s 2019 outing We Are Not Your Kind. Back in February, Slipknot surprised fans with a new song “Bone Church. 

In June, the band released their Adderall EP. The collection features three versions of the single from their last album, The End, So Far. The record also contains three previously unreleased demos – “Red or Redder,” “Hard to Be Here,” and “Death March” which appears to be a slowed-down version of “Adderall” in reverse. The band also revealed a video for “Memories,” a rough demo of “Adderall.”

Back in June, Slipknot parted ways with keyboardist Craig Jones. Jones had been a member of the band for nearly three decades. Slipknot confirmed the news on their official social media.

“To our fans, Slipknot is announcing that we have parted ways with Craig Jones,” the band said in a statement. “We wish jones all the best for the future.”

Jones joined Slipknot in 1996 after the departure of guitarist Donnie Steele. His time on guitar was short-lived, as he quickly moved to keyboards and sampling. Slipknot brought in Mick Thomson to take over guitar duties.

Last month, Slipknot dismissed long-time drummer Jay Weinberg in a shocking announcement.

“We would like to thank Jay Weinberg for his dedication and passion over the last ten years. No one can ever replace Joey Jordison’s original sound, style, or energy, but Jay honored Joey’s parts and contributed to the lat three albums and we, the band, and the fans appreciate it. But as ever, Slipknot is intent on evolving. The band has decided to make a creative decision, and to part ways with Jay. We wish Jay all the best and are very excited for what the future holds.”