Vocalist of Slipknot and Stone Sour, Corey Taylor has recently spoken about his struggles with drugs, explaining it was seeing Faith No More play live on TV that eventually inspired him to deal with his addiction and get back to writing music.
Speak to Loudwire as part of their Epic Rock Tales series of animated videos, he explained that he “started smoking weed” when I he was 12, and started cigarettes when he was just 10.
“I started doing coke and speed at about 13, and by the time I was 15 I overdosed twice – I woke up in a dumpster,” he said.
“I was 18 going on 19 and I swallowed a bunch of pills. My ex-girlfriend’s mother came to check on me, found me and took me to the hospital.
“They fed me ipecac, and for about five years I couldn’t eat pancakes because ipecac tastes like maple syrup. My grandma brought me home, she was very disappointed.
“I kinda laid on the couch for a while and the VMAs were on. It was the year Faith No More first played – they played Epic – and it was amazing! They were so good and they were so powerful and so different to anything I’d ever seen that they really kinda got me up off my ass.
“That’s when I started writing and making music again. So if it wasn’t for Faith No More, I wouldn’t be here.”
Watch the video for yourself, here below.
Corey Taylor ‘s Drug Overdose and Musical Awakening – Epic Rock Tales