Tickets for the November Corey Taylor UK Tour have gone on sale this morning, with the show in Wolverhampton, London and Manchester already showing low availability. Taylor is touring in support of his new solo album CMF2, due for release on 15 September 2023 via Decibel Cooper/BMG. Tickets for the tour are available from here.
Taylor has released the second song Post Traumatic Blues, from CMF2. “Post Traumatic Blues is my attempt to describe to people what it’s like to deal with PTSD,” Corey told us. “Sometimes it’s so hard for people to understand the ups and downs, the severity of the cold and numbness, that I wanted to try and build a bridge lyrically between the ones living with the disease and the ones who are trying to help them.”
Who’s afraid of a king in a castle? Another dirty face on a $100 billPost Traumatic Blues, Verse Two – Corey Taylor
I’ll take – what I thought – I could never – impossibly get
I’m living like I’m losing a bet – don’t worry, the future is here
Another contemplation to ration for over the years
I’m crossing your lines, pushing my way – DELIBERATE
Borrow your time, take me away – I’M INTO IT
Did you borrow your time? ONE LAST TIME
In May, Taylor released Beyond, the first single from CMF2, along with a video shot out in California’s Mojave Desert. Directed by Dale’ Rage’ Resteghini, the film finds Taylor roaming the terrain as a post-apocalyptic Uncle Sam character, summoning different versions of himself from across the years and leading them back to a dark carnival where his solo band perform for a gathering of fans in the round, alongside the performance art collective, Cherry Bombs.
“This whole video is a metaphor,” Taylor told Rolling Stone magazine. “It’s a representation of where we are right now as a nation, as a country, as a people. The fact that no one accepts that Americans look different, talk different, speak different, love different, is completely fucking ludicrous. So this video is a journey of where America is right now going to where America is right now because, like it or not, this is America, man.”
The story of Beyond goes back to 2006. Taylor says he knew the song was special but never found the time to bring the tune to its full potential. “I originally wrote it as an aggressive romantic song,” he said, “but I’m also looking at it now as a kind of ‘come together’ song.
“Bringing the masses together and letting them know that I want my music to take them beyond what they may think about me. Maybe they’ve had a misconception about me. It’s not exactly a calling card, more like throwing the bat signal up and being ‘alright, let’s turn everything on its head.’
“It’s almost a dual threat because now I look at it from two standpoints.”
On CMF2, Taylor sings and plays lead and rhythm guitar, piano, and mandolin. “My first solo album was kind of where I was coming from,” he said. “This album is more where we’re going.”
Kingston’s Prizm will host an evening with Corey Taylor in an exclusive
album event on 7 August 2023. Tickets are available from here.