ROY MAYORGA Says 'It's Gonna Be A While' Before STONE SOUR Gets Back Together

May 15, 2021

In a new interview with Meltdown of Detroit's WRIF radio station, Roy Mayorga was asked about the current status of STONE SOUR, the band he has played with for the past decade and a half. The drummer responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "It's on hiatus. It's too early to say. Corey's [Taylor, STONE SOUR and SLIPKNOT singer] just getting his feet wet with his solo project right now, so we'll have to see after that. And after he's done with his solo thing, he's probably gonna go back to SLIPKNOT and make a new record and do touring. They have a lot of touring to do that got cut off during the pandemic as well, so it's gonna be a while [before] STONE SOUR gets back together. I can't really tell you when that's gonna happen."

Mayorga also touched upon his recent decision to rejoin MINISTRY for the band's fall 2021 tour. Speaking about the high-energy nature of the industrial metal group's live performances, he said: "It's full-on relentless; there's no dynamic in there. It's just fucking plug and go. You've gotta punch and move, like heavyweight boxers do — just stick and move, as they say. It's a full-on set. It's a good hour-and-15[-minute] set, and I think, from what I see of the tour dates, three days in a row, four days in a row of that set. And we're gonna be doing a lot of the old stuff, 'cause I think this is a tour that was postponed from a year ago, and it was a celebration of 'The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste' and 'The Land Of Rape And Honey'. So anyone who knows the songs off those records, I'm basically copying the drum machine and playing it as solid and steady as I can, like a drum machine, but you're gonna get more of a live feel."

Mayorga previously played with MINISTRY from 2016 to 2017 and appeared on the "AmericaKKKant" album, which came out in March 2018.

Last August, Taylor said that he was open to doing more recording and touring with STONE SOUR in the future. But he admitted that there had "been some contention here and there" between the members of the band in the past and added that it was "time" for him to "step away" and pursue his solo project for a while.

In June, Corey told SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk" that STONE SOUR is "kind of [on] the backburner. We all kind of felt that we did exactly what we wanted to do on [2017's] 'Hydrograd' [album] and we're just giving it a minute. I talked to the guys in the band about the solo thing and what I wanted to do, and they were all totally onboard with it. Everybody else has kind of got things going on, so they're all cool. So, yeah, I think STONE SOUR is kind of on hiatus right now, which is fine. If someday we wanna get back together and do some stuff, it'll be bigger than it was. But for right now, we're all kind of focused on kind of doing our own thing. But you never say never in this business."

STONE SOUR has been off the road and out of sight since completing the touring cycle for "Hydrograd". Taylor has been working with SLIPKNOT since then, recording and touring behind that group's sixth effort, "We Are Not Your Kind", as well as making his solo album, "CMFT".

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