Corey Taylor cancelled his North American tour dates in January to focus on his mental health, stating in part at the time "For the past several months my mental and physical health have been breaking down, and I reached a place that was unhealthy for my family and I."
Then earlier this week, Taylor announced that his handful of tour dates in Japan and Philippines for this coming March are still a go. Naturally the comments felt entitled to police Taylor and his mental health, calling him out for rescheduling so soon. Because y'know, everyone knows the intricacies of everyone's lives and everyone's an expert.
Taylor has now addressed those comments in a video post, saying he simply needed the time originally for the North American tour to reset mentally. Taylor adds that he had a full mental breakdown that nearly culminated in a relapse, and that he feels good about the Southeast Asia dates as they're a short run.
We wish Taylor all the best and offer this suggestion – don't read the comments, man. Not worth it.
"Hey everybody, Corey Taylor here. Where do I even start? I decided to make this video in response to a lot of the feedback that came out after I announced that I would be carrying on with my Southeast Asia run. Originally, that was supposed to be mentioned in the statement that I released relating to my mental health lapse.
"The truth of the matter is I understand why so many of you are upset, and I'm just gonna break it down for you. I, over the last year, have had a complete and utter breakdown of boundaries, mental health, ego, entitlement, the whole nine yards, culminating in a very, very real, very near relapse that I kind of don't recognize myself.
"So, again, I wanted to address this and just tell people that I needed time to reset, I needed time to start working on my heart and my mind and get straight. The reason I'm keeping the Southeast Asia run, it's literally four shows, it's literally a week. I'm gonna see how I do with that and just take it day by day, basically. I'm working on self-care right now, getting the help that I need and surrounding myself with my family.
"So, to everyone concerned with me, thank you very much. I appreciate it. To everyone who's upset, I hope this answers any of your questions. I'm just doing the best for me right now. And it's a long road and I don't know what's at the end of it, but I look forward to it. I have gratitude for it, and I hope you can show me some patience. Thank you."