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Corey Taylor gives emotional speech at ‘Rock to Recovery’ benefit


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Stone Sour and Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor gave an emotional and inspiring speech on Saturday night (September 16th) as he was honored with the “Icon” award at Rock To Recovery’s second annual awareness event and benefit at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, California. The “Icon” award is given to a public figure who has battled and overcome addiction while using his platform to influence others.

Taylor, who tried to commit suicide in 2003 by attempting to jump off a hotel balcony while struggling with alcoholism, touched in his speech on his struggles with depression and anxiety and how he’s attempted to work through them with therapy, healthy habits and sobriety.

  • A visibly emotional Taylor told the crowd, “It’s been eight years, and you put a lot of s**t in perspective. You have a lot of time to think. You have nowhere to go with it. Your trial and error becomes your way of life, who you are is a question every day, and why. And in this industry, that ‘why’ is kind of wrapped up in a lot of weird s**t.”
  • Taylor later continued, “I had my first drink when I was five years old, did my first drug when I was 11, and it was just all fucked up from there. I lost a lot of friends.” He fought back tears as he concluded, “One day at a time. And every day is a gift. So thank you for having this gift with me.”
  • Taylor spoke a while back about the moment he hit bottom: “It was really bad, man. I mean, there was a solid block of about two years that I was basically drinking every night, and I didn’t even realize how bad it was until my wife kind of grabbed me and said, ‘Look, you’ve got to figure it out. If you don’t figure it out, we’re not gonna be together.’ And I quit, that day. And I haven’t looked back.”
  • Rock To Recovery was founded in December 2012 and uses music to provide therapy for patients recovering from PTSD, alcoholism, drug addiction, depression, cancer treatments and more.
  • Taylor is out touring with Stone Sour behind the band’s sixth studio album, Hydrograd.



  • Rock To Recovery typically operates as an adjunct service to a treatment center’s curriculu. In just four years, the program has grown to become an integral part of the weekly treatment curriculum for nearly 80 programs.
  • Rock To Recovery’s non-profit entity donates its services to the U.S. Department of Defense’s Wounded Warriors program, state-funded programs, indigent rehabs, programs for at-risk youths and local VA programs.
  • For more information on Rock To Recovery, visit


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