Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor has talked about the iconic Slipknot masks and explained whether the band members have ever regretted wearing them on two-hours shows as well as revealing the origin of the idea.

During his recent conversation on The Bertcast, the great singer and lyricist, Corey Taylor, has opened up about the famous mask concept of the Iowa-based heavy metal band, Slipknot. He recalled when he joined the band and said that the masks were already in place.

Taylor unveiled the fact that it all came from the co-founder of the band, Clown, as one day, he showed up to practice wearing his mask. Soon after, the former drummer, Joey Jordison, got his white mask and then everybody started getting their own thing.

When the host asked if this tradition of the band has ever bothered any of the members, Corey admitted that it surely did, and probably all of them regret wearing a mask every night. Though they feel like wearing a mask is a great idea when they try to put makeup on, they end up regretting it after two hours of pain on stage, Taylor said.

Here’s what Corey Taylor said while explaining the origin of the mask idea:

“When I joined the band, the masks were already in place. The mask idea came from Clown wearing his mask at practice. And this is all legend because this was obviously before I was in the band.

It all came from him showing up to practice one day, and just caveman the fuck out like on his drums and shit in his mask. And it just took him to this crazy place that he was feeling.

So then, according to legend – according to lore anyway – Joey got his white mask and started wearing that. And then, as time went on, everybody just started kind of getting their own thing.”

He continued:

“And it just happened organically, it wasn’t something that was really thought out, it was just something that people felt. And the masks changed over the years so much. Certain people’s masks changed dramatically even before we got signed. It was cool, it’s almost like trying to find yourself in that kind of state.

For me, the mask has always been a representation of the person inside me who needs this music. That’s the face of the guy inside me who wants to sing this shit, who wants to feel this shit, who’s got something to say. So it’s always been that physical representation.”

Taylor also revealed if they regret their masks as:

“I’m sure we all do, every night. We always do it – we were sitting down, some of us are putting makeup on underneath it, we just look at each other and we just go, ‘Let’s wear masks! It’s a great fucking idea! What the hell?!’

Every night you can set your watch to it, dude! We’re all sitting there getting ready and there’s that moment where you’re just like… *sighs* when you put it on. Because it’s two hours of just pain, it’s crazy.”

Check out the rest of the conversation below.