Stone Sour and Slipknot's Corey Taylor delivered a heartfelt acceptance speech at Saturday's Rock To Recovery 2 benefit concert, where the musician was presented with the 2017 Icon Award by Rock To Recovery's Sonny Mayo (Ugly Kid Joe) and Wesley Geer (ex-Korn). Watch Taylor's touching speech below.
The Sept. 16 benefit event at Los Angeles' Fonda Theatre honored both Taylor and MC5's Wayne Kramer as recovery role models. While accepting Rock To Recovery's Icon Award, Taylor talked about his last eight years of being sober and the help that he received from the organization in making that mark.
"It's been eight years," Taylor said of his personal road to recovery, recalling his first drink at age 5. "You put a lot of shit in perspective. ... Your trial and error becomes your way of life. Who you are is a question every day. You know, why? And in this industry, that 'why' is kind of wrapped up in a lot of weird shit."
"The great thing about this program," Taylor said of Rock To Recovery, "is it takes away all of that shit. It takes away the stigma of trying to be a better person, trying to be a stronger person. ... It takes away the feeling of being alone, surrounded by people who are doing the exact same stuff that you do."
"It lets you enjoy it again," Taylor said of his eight-year path of sobriety, in part thanks to the musician-focused non-profit organization. "That's a fucking hard thing to do when your force-fed an idea that it's only cool if you're fucked up. It's not. It's actually better once you get your head together, or try to."
Watch Taylor's full Rock To Recovery speech here: