Corey Taylor opened up about the “complete and utter breakdown” that led him to cancel his scheduled North American tour in a new video statement to fans.
Following the cancelation, Taylor lined up a handful of Asian concerts this spring, which sparked criticism from fans questioning why the North American trek was nixed.
“I decided to make this video in response to a lot of the feedback that came out after I announced that I would be carrying on with my Southeast Asia run,” Taylor said. “Originally, that was supposed to be mentioned in the statement that I released relating to my mental health lapse.”
The Slipknot singer continued, “I, over the last year, have had a complete and utter breakdown of boundaries, mental health, ego, entitlement, the whole nine yards, culminating in a very, very real, very near relapse that… I kind of don’t recognize myself. So, again, I wanted to address this and just tell people that I needed time to reset, I needed time to start working on my heart and my mind and get straight. The reason I’m keeping the Southeast Asia run, it’s literally four shows, it’s literally a week. I’m gonna see how I do with that and just take it day by day, basically. I’m working on self-care right now, getting the help that I need and surrounding myself with my family.”
He also thanked his fans for their support amid his issues. “It’s a long road and I don’t know what’s at the end of it, but I look forward to it. I have gratitude for it, and I hope you can show me some patience,” Taylor added.
Taylor was set to begin his North American tour in Toronto on Feb. 3 before making his way to the United States through March 3.
However, in a message to fans on January 5, Taylor announced with a “heavy heart” that the North American trek was off.
“For the past several months my mental and physical health have been breaking down, and I reached a place that was unhealthy for my family and me,” he wrote on Instagram. “I know this decision will come as a shock to some and may be regarded as unpopular by others – but after taking a hard look at where I am and where I was going, I need to pull myself back and be home with my family for the time being.”