UPDATE #2 (23/8): Slipknot’s Corey Taylor said he’s “out of the woods” and recovering well after testing positive for Covid-19. In a video shared on Twitter, Taylor said he’s still positive, but no longer grappling with Covid symptoms like aches and a high fever (though he was still a little congested). “It shouldn’t be too much longer before I test negative, so that’s great,” Taylor said.
Along with thanking family, friends and fans for their support, Taylor credited the Covid-19 vaccine with helping him fight the virus, and encouraged people to get it if they haven’t. “I also want to say, because I was vaccinated, I truly believe that is what helped me get over the brink,” he said. “This is the worst I’ve ever been sick in my life; had I not been vaccinated, I shudder to think how bad it would’ve been. But, because I had that extra little bit of protection, it definitely helped me get through it. So go, go, go. If you’re still on the fence, I’m telling you right now, it’s the best thing you can do for yourself.”
Just a little update on how I’m recovering. Thanks so much to everyone who sent their best wishes and to friends and family who reached out. pic.twitter.com/haWwWZbdN3
— SHRED DJENT REDEMPTION (@CoreyTaylorRock) August 23, 2021
UPDATE (23/8): Corey Taylor’s wife, Alicia Taylor, updated fans on the Slipknot singer’s condition after contracting Covid-19. “Corey is doing well and thanks everyone for the sweet thoughts and messages,” she wrote on Twitter. “Ready to get him home as soon as it’s safe, so I can take care of him!”
“He (very luckily) hasn’t lost his sense of taste or smell so I send him stupid amounts of snacks, hydration powders, and yummy desserts,” she added.
“I wish I had better news. I woke up today and tested positive, and I’m very, very sick,” Taylor said in a video posted on social media by Ann Arbor, Michigan’s Astronomicon, where the singer was scheduled to appear Saturday and Sunday.
“So I’m not gonna be able to make it this weekend. And I am absolutely devastated. I am so sorry. I hope everyone has a good time, and I promise you I will absolutely try to get back there as soon as I can. I should be okay — it’s the flu. I’m vaccinated, so I’m not worried. But I certainly wouldn’t want to spread it to anyone else. So, everybody be safe out there. And thank you so much. And I will see you again, I promise.”
Taylor wrapped up a solo tour in support of his 2020 album CMFT on August 19th in Denver, less than 24 hours before he revealed his Covid-19 diagnosis; an August 11th performance during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally — an event officials warned would result in the super-spread of the Delta variant — was among the gigs on his solo trek.
“Maintaining everyone’s health and safety is paramount in these times. COVID is no joke and can effect anyone, even those who have been vaccinated. Sadly, this includes celebrities,” Astronomicon organizers wrote on social media. “We wish Corey a speedy recovery and we urge everyone to remain vigilant. If you’re coming to Astronomicon, please remember to wear a mask to keep yourself and everyone at the event safe.”
As of now, Slipknot is still scheduled to perform September 3rd at the Rocklahoma festival, with the band also booked for headlining sets at Ohio’s Inkcarceration Fest and Chicago’s Riot Fest (as Nine Inch Nails’ replacement) next month before embarking on their own U.S. amphitheater tour this fall.
From Rolling Stone US