Slipknot is a incredibly successful heavy metal band from Des Moines, Iowa. Formed in 1995, it took a couple of years for their music to spread out of Iowa. But people eventually took notice, and their debut album came out in 1999.
In 2014, Corey appeared on Larry King's web series, Larry King Now. It was an interesting meeting between two people you wouldn't think would interact in real life. Here's just some of what they talked about.
As you might expect, Larry only knew some basic info about Corey's work. He asked Corey to clarify, "Now what band wears masks?" Corey explained, "Slipknot does." He explained that masks aren't really Stone Sour's thing.
Larry next had someone bring out the latest Slipknot mask Corey was wearing at the time. When asked who designs the mask, Corey said, "I came up with the concept." Corey also explained that each member of the band wears a different mask.
Next, Larry had Corey demonstrate the mask in action. Larry asked if he's able to sing while wearing it. Corey said, "You have to make sure that you can perform in it, or if not, it's like, what was the point of it?"
Corey then demonstrated the extra trick to this particular mask. "The thing about this one is there's a mask underneath the mask," he said, then removed it as if he took off a layer of skin. "Ah-ha," Larry said. "That is considerably scary."
"I joined Slipknot afterwards, but they were wearing masks already," Corey said. "And the reason that they started wearing the masks was because it...allowed us to kind of let that animal off the chain. It allowed us to be free on stage."
Larry also wanted to know, "How much of the act do you wear it?" "We wear masks the entire show," Corey said. "A lot of bands will come out and they'll wear it for part of it and they get rid of it. But...from the minute we hit the stage until the outro rolls, we're in the masks."
Larry also asked how fans know what the band members look like if they're always wearing masks. Do the band members get greeted by fans out in public? Corey said, "They know me from Stone Sour, because I don't wear a mask in Stone Sour. But what about the rest of the band?
Corey said the rest of the band gets recognized too, even unmasked. "We have such dedicated fans that sometimes they get a little CIA on us," he said. "They'll sneak pictures of us when we're not looking and they'll put them up on the internet."
Or, if you want to see something completely different, check out this video of The Slipnuts. This fictional comedy group from Late Night With Conan O'Brien sings a song about slipping on nuts while slipping on some nuts. In this clip, they actually got to open for the real Slipknot...and the crowd was not quite into it.