Backbeat: Corey Taylor, Slipknot and Stone Sour Frontman, NYT Best Selling Author
Backbeat: Corey Taylor, Slipknot and Stone Sour Frontman, NYT Best Selling Author

Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor kept the Highline Ballroom in stitches on Dec. 5 as he ranted, raved, ruminated and reflected about the nature of sin during a reading of his "Seven Deadly Sins: Settling the Argument Between Born Bad and Damaged Good." The New York Times best-selling author gave full vent on the topic of wrath, spewing about his own pet peeves with the hilarious timing of a standup comic.

Once his ire was spent -- with Taylor occasionally skewering hecklers who didn't want to sit through the Q&A session -- he performed a 90-minute acoustic set with a brief assist from Brooklyn singer Queen V. Besides playing such Stone Sour hits as "Bother" and "Hesitate," he also turned in a spate of classic rock covers like Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb," Nine Inch Nails' "Something I Can Never Have" and Elvis Presley's "Burning Love."

Pre-show in the green room, Taylor confirmed that Slipknot is touring the United States next summer but stayed mum about whether any other bands would be joining in the trek.

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L-R: Posing, in what Taylor called a "Bon Jovi-style lineup," are (L-R): Perseus editor Ben Schafer, Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor, Cory Brennan of 5B Artist Management, Marc Gerald of the Agency Group VP-New York/head of the Literary division and Bob Johnson of 5B Artist Management pose backstage at the Highline Ballroom (Photo: Evelyn Duncan)

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