Speaking with Billboard, Taylor says that he’ll be performing with Stone Sour at this year’s Knotfest and Knotfest Meets Ozzfest events in Mexico and the US, while Slipknot continue to take a bit of a break.
This will be the first time that Slipknot haven’t played at a Knotfest event, and Taylor thinks the band’s absence could be good for the festival’s longevity.
“I think in a lot of ways your festival has to live past you, or it’s not gonna live at all,” he says. “If it has to live and breathe on your presence, then it’s not a festival, and it’s not for anybody else but you.
“And for us, it’s always been more about the art and the music and everybody… That’s why we put so much work into it to begin with, is to really make sure that it was stable and it was strong and the foundation was there.”
Last year, Slipknot’s Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan revealed to Music Feeds that the band are “pretty positive” they’ll expand Knotfest to Australia at some point, so hopefully Slipknot will be back on the touring circuit if/when that happens.
Meanwhile, speaking about Slipknot’s current status, Taylor says, “Nothing’s being written, nothing’s being done. Everybody’s just doing their thing, which is fine.”
Slipknot will release a documentary about their first-ever Knotfest Mexico in September, dubbed Day of The Gusano.
Watch a clip from the film, below.