So first, how is this new tour goin on ?
Its going great you know. Its been 3 weeks since we started
the tour, and were really excited about it. So far the reaction
with the crowd has been great. What better way to start of a tour than
in Europe, playing all the big festival? Its amazing!
have a new record in store very soon, Come What(ever) May...
Yes, it will come out in July 28th, I think. We move the date. Were
like the only rock band in history ever to pump out an album ahead instead
of pushing it back. We had 3 different dates for released and we keep
moving it forward but Im pretty sure for now its gonna be
the 28 of july.
would you define this new record compared with the previous one?
Its a lot more mature I believe. I think that the song writing
is better. I think its a lot more diverse than the previous one.
The previous one was very diverse for us, but this one is even more.
does mean for you the title of the record, Come What(ever) May?
The title came about, we had a lot of stuff coming on in our personel
lives and also within the band. And it was like you know, well
take whatever well get. Thats the whole conception of the
title. Well get through any obstacles or whatever. Thats
what it means for us.
you also have on this one a song like Bother, like a superhit
There are songs I guess you can say are in the vain of Bother.
We dont like to put anything like that, we just do what we do.
Through the glass in the US is actually doing really great.
Over here we have the song 30-30-150 as the main single.
And in the US it is Through the glass. This song is maybe
more in the vain of Bother. And it will be released as a
single in September I believe in europe.
are the lyrics talking about ?
The lyrics are more a question for Corey because none of us are involved
in this. But I can just say that the main topic for the album is simply
life. But you definatly gotta ask Corey about that. I write the music,
not the lyrics. The only thing I can say for sure is that this album
is very political towards Bush, and after that its all on Corey
to answer. I wont go any further on that. I dont wanna say
something and be completely wrong.
the new record you worked with Nick Raskulinecz, how did you end up
to work with him?
Nick was great. Ive never seen a person more energetic, when it
came towards music. I mean there was time believe me that I wanted to
struggle him (Big Laugh) but thats just the tention that
you get when youre an artist trying to create and you got all
this different people with different ideas. Nick definatly help the
band to get to a whole different level, as far as performance and with
what he brought to the table. So it was great working with him.
have a new drummer now, Roy Mayorga. What happened with your previous
drummer and how did you end up to choose Roy?
Well there was some peronel issues that were not gonna go into
just out of respect for him and the group. He had a lot of things going
on in his life that were affecting the way he was playing drums. We
sat down and discuss how we could have somebody coming. Nick Raskulinecz
said hey, I know this guy that would be great for this project. Roy
came in as a session drummer. Played the drums for the record and went
on with Sepultura. Later on like a month later, the 5 of us sat down
and come to the conclusion of that would be best for the band. From
there it kind of make sence to ask Roy to join the band since he played
on the record. And thats what we did.
heard that you had like 40 songs for this record. Will you try to record
Well the rumor is more about 30. We did had about 30 songs. The way
that we write as individuals, when we start to put all those stuff together
as a group, some of those stuff just dont work. So we put some
of those away. We ended up I believe with 17 songs. Actually, 16 songs
that we recorded and 1 spoken word. Some that are not on the album will
probably come out as B-sides with the singles, or website exclusives
for the fans, well see what happens.
Sour had a lot of success with the first record without going through
the steps bands usually had to go. Whats your feeling about that?
Were lucky. (Big Laugh) Well I dont really know what
else to say. Were very fortunate. You know, there was Stone Sour
previous to Slipknot. But for the Stone Sour that the world knows, were
very fortunate because we played something like 2 shows and went straight
to record the first album. And we went out immediately on tour, and
we were able to headline in the US Were totally happy that it
happened this way.
very courageous for Corey & Jim to come back here, even with another
band. Did they talked about the experience they had here 2 years ago
? How do they feel?
Im aware of it obviously. Ive only heard a little bit of
the story, I wasnt there so. I heard that a bunch of stuff were
throwned, this and that. To me , regardless of who it is, I dont
understand what is the point to try to hit an astist playing his music,
whatever music hes playing. Its really stupid. Specially
if youre playing at night. Because you cant see whats
coming. I mean youre completely blind on stage. You can really
hurt somebody. Were here to entertaine. It doesnt make any
sence to do that.
read on the web that Mick Thompson is already working on new Slipknot
materials. Will that give you inhalf time to promote perfectly this
new Stone Sour record ?
You know, were working on stuff, theyre working on their
stuff. For me I started 2 and a half years ago. This time around were
not stopping until the circle is done. What Mike does I dont know
honestly. I can tell you that with Stone Sour were gonna go as
far as the record sells will let us go. Right now its looking
that its gonna be about a year and a half of touring. Actually
I was told earlier today that Through the glass wich isnt
out over here yet is number 6 already in the US on radio acrross the
country. Which is pretty good. And it was just officially released last
will be the plans for Stone Sour for the next month ?
So were gonna finish up here, doing festivals. Well take
2 weeks off. Then well go out in the US with Korn and Deftones
on the Family Values Tour. Then were gonna take a couple more
weeks off and come back here in Europe. So well be back in the
fall and then back in the US for another tour. Were gonna do a
lot of touring for the next months.
you have something to say to your french fans ?
Well I would like to say thank you for all the support. The french fans
have been awsome for us. I mean everytime we played the shows have been
great. Look forward to see you in the album tour.
Interview Manu and Pierre