Just out this week is Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor's second book, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven (Or, How I Made Peace with the Paranormal and Stigmatized Zealots and Cynics in the Process)."
As the long-winded title indicates, the follow-up to Taylor's best-selling "Seven Deadly Sins" chronicles his visitations with ghosts, spirits and other paranormal events since he was young, a topic he tells us some readers will certainly view with skepticism:
"I have a lot of friends who have either seen some stuff or not seen some stuff, so they're either believers or not. And I found myself kind of in this discussion where it was like, 'Yes, I've seen all these things. I believe in ghosts because I know, because I've seen them, but I don't believe in God. So what do I think this things are, and why do I believe the way I do?' And that's what got me excited about it."
Among Taylor's stories is an entire chapter devoted to making Slipknot's third album, "Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses" at The Mansion in the Hollywood Hills, where he and his bandmates shared many inexplicable experiences:
"Well, that was definitely one of those moments where it was the craziest seven months of my life. It was beyond the realm of what I experienced before because over the years...it's almost like I've collected them. Things have happened, but I've been able to put it in the box. With The Mansion, being there 24-7 for the most part, really opened it up a lot to the point where not only was I able to kind of transcribe the things that had happened to me, but I also had everyone in the house coming to me to tell me about stuff and telling me about things that were happening to them. So I think that has compounded everything, 'cause it was almost like a group experience."
Taylor wraps up a short tour of book signings on Sunday (July 21) at the Comic Con in San Diego.
Stone Sour plays its only scheduled show of the summer the day before at Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisc., while Slipknot plays October 19 at Monsters of Rock in Brazil and is planning to start work on a new album in early 2014.
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