Corey Taylor has offered an update on his current battle with COVID-19. The Slipknot singer says it’s “the worst I’ve ever been sick in my life,” adding that he has gotten “over the brink” thanks to being vaccinated.

The metal vocalist revealed that he tested positive for COVID on Friday (August 20th), offering apologies for missing the Astronomicon pop-culture convention that took place this past weekend in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

In a new video message posted Monday (August 23rd) on his social channels, Taylor offered the latest on his condition, saying the following:

“I am out of the woods. I’m still positive, but the fever’s gone, aches are gone. I’m sweating everything out. I’m still congested, but … it shouldn’t be too much longer before I test negative, so that’s great. I wanted to say thank you to everyone who sent their best wishes, and to my family and friends who reached out. You have not idea what that means to me. I also want to say that because I was vaccinated, I truly believe that is what helped me get over the brink. I mean it was the worst I’ve ever been sick in my life. Had I not been vaccinated I shudder to think how bad it would have 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.”


Taylor had just completed a solo tour, and is getting ready to hit the road with Slipknot in September. In a recent Zoom interview with Heavy Consequence, he told us, “People act like getting a vaccine is signing a deal with the devil. … Do I think it should be a requirement for people to be vaccinated to go to shows? Yes and no. Here’s the thing: there shouldn’t be a mandate, but guess what, man, if you’re going to put people at risk of getting sick, you shouldn’t want to go to a show. That’s common sense. And if you do put people at risk, then you’re a f**kin’ asshole.”

Slipknot are slated to kick off their “Knotfest Roadshow” tour in late September. In addition to the headlining run of shows, the trek includes two of the band’s one-day Knotfest festivals in Iowa and Los Angeles, plus appearances at Riot Fest, Inkcarceration, Rocklahoma, and Welcome to Rockville. Tickets to the band’s upcoming shows are available via Ticketmaster.

Here’s hoping Corey Taylor makes a full recovery. See his video update below, followed by our aforementioned Zoom interview with the singer.