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Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor: ‘Freddie Mercury is the gold standard of rock frontmen’

Corey Taylor and Freddie Mercury © PA Images

Corey Taylor has explained why Freddie Mercury is his favourite rock frontman of all time.

The Stone Sour singer was speaking to Detroit radio station 101 WRIF when he was asked what singers he most admires.

"James (Hetfield) is definitely up there,” Corey said. “He's got such a great, unique style cos he attacks the songs and then he's just like so stoked. He's just, like, 'Yeah, is everybody coming to have fun?'

“But then you've got people like Diamond Dave (Lee Roth) - he's one of those ultimates. But, to me Freddie Mercury, nobody touches him. He is the gold standard, as far as I'm concerned.

“Whether it's Bruce, who I love… Dickinson, obviously. Or Bruce Springsteen, both are equally adept at it. But there was something about Freddie that he would just draw all of that positivity, everything, all of that, out of it, and he was just electric from the second he hit the stage.

“It didn't matter if he was sick or tired or whatever, when he was on, man, it was like you turned a spotlight on and he just shone."

Freddie Mercury performing at Wembley Stadium in 1986 © PA Images

Questioned about whether he ever had the fortune of witnessing Freddie live, Corey responded: "No, I was so young. I wish. I have a handful of live regrets and that's definitely one of them.

“But to me, I feel that energy and that's the kind of stuff that I want to bring when I come on the stage. And I hope that people enjoy it as much as I watched him enjoy it."

Corey Taylor will grace the UK this November and December when Stone Sour play a seven-date tour with support from The Pretty Reckless.

Tickets are on sale from Planet Rock Tickets now. They play the following shows: 

Birmingham Barclaycard Arena – Wed 29th
Leeds First Direct Arena – Thu 30th

Brighton Centre – Fri 1st
London O2 Brixton Academy – Mon 4th
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena – Tue 5th
London O2 Brixton Academy – Wed 6th
Glasgow SSE Hydro – Fri 8th

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