Corey Taylor says that he was “nervous that the audience wasn’t gonna give a shit” about him before he joined “Supernatural” star Jensen Ackles on stage last month in Las Vegas.
Ackles, who plays Dean Winchester on “Supernatural”, and the SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman sang the BON JOVI classic “Wanted Dead Or Alive” at the official convention for the science-fiction television show. Ackles was making the annual VegasCon rounds at the event, along with co-stars Jared Padalecki and Misha Collins.
Taylor, who described himself as “a massive, massive massive ‘Supernatural’ fan for years,” spoke to the Fangasm web site about how the performance came about. “It’s kind of a crazy story,” he said. “I didn’t start watching [‘Supernatural’] right away, but I started watching around the third season. And I went back and binge watched the first two seasons as much as I could and then started buying the DVDs from there. Now I download them right away and watch the shows as much as possible. So I go way back with the show and I love the whole universe, everything about it. What I’ve noticed is that I’ve made a lot of friends over the years with some of my fans who are actually ‘Supernatural’ fans themselves.”
He continued: “So I have a friend — me and the guys have a mutual friend named Shannyn who’s actually from Australia. She’s a massive SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR fan and a huge ‘Supernatural’ fan, goes to all the conventions and knows a lot about them. I had no idea, to be honest. I’m all over running around the world, so I don’t get to go to half the conventions that I want to let alone know about half of them. So I found out about the conventions through her and then found out that the Js are huge fans, especially Jensen. And then I get a call from her — this goes back to last year right around like September or October — Shannyn was planning to go to the Las Vegas convention and she was, like, ‘Would you want to go and meet the guys?’ And I was, like, ‘Duh! Of course I would! If I’m in town, I absolutely would love to do that.’ Fast forward to she keeps in touch with those guys and found out that Jensen wanted to do a tune with me with the band. Now me, I really flipped out at that. I was, like, ‘There’s no way, there’s no way I’m gonna be lucky enough to jump up with those guys and do a tune and not look like’ — I said it onstage, I feel like I’ve just won a contest. I felt the same way just hearing the idea of that.”
Asked if he was nervous before going up on stage and performing with Ackles, Taylor said: “I was more nervous that the audience wasn’t gonna give a shit about me. Because apparently there was all this build-up, people were talking about the ‘special guest’ that was going to happen… Everybody thought it was gonna be [Collins, who plays] Castiel and I thought, they’re gonna boo me, they’re gonna boo me because I’m not Castiel. So when I walked out and people were actually stoked, I kinda relaxed a little bit, but yeah, there was that moment when I was, like, ‘Ahhh!'”
Taylor had previously performed “Wanted Dead Or Alive” during his solo tours.
STONE SOUR is on a short break from touring in support of its sixth studio effort, “Hydrograd”, which came out last June.
Taylor revealed last month that guitarist Josh Rand will rejoin STONE SOUR on April 27 at the Welcome To Rockville festival in Jacksonville, Florida. Rand came off the road in late January and was said to have entered “treatment” for unspecified issues. Taylor told Musik Universe that the band talks to Rand “every day” and that he is “doing great.”
STONE SOUR enlisted a temporary replacement for its most recent North American tour, which included dates with HALESTORM, IN THIS MOMENT and RED SUN RISING.
It is not clear whether Rand is being treated for a medical issue or problems with substance or alcohol abuse.