Corey Taylor was awarded the "Icon" award at the Rock To Recovery's second annual awarness and benefit at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, California.
The Slipnot and Stone Sour singer, who tried to commit suicide in 2003 by attempting to jump off a hotel balcony while struggling with alcoholism, gave an inspiring acceptance speech at Rock to Recovery 2 - Benefit Concert where he opened up about his struggles with depression and anxiety and how he's attempted to work through them with therapy, healthy habits and sobriety.
After been introduced by former Korn guitarist Wesley Geer, Corey tells the crowd "I don't really know what to say," before pausing and attempting to regain his composure. At that point, someone in the audience yelled out, "We love you, Corey," to which the singer responded: "I love you too. I love everybody here."
He continued: "It's been eight years, and you put a lot of shit in perspective. You have a lot of time to think. You have nowhere to go with it. Your trial and error becomes your way of life, who you are is a question every day, and why. And in this industry, that 'why' is kind of wrapped up in a lot of weird shit. So the great thing about this program, this organization 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, a healthier person. It takes away the feeling of being alone, surrounded by people who are doing the exact same stuff that you do. And it lets you enjoy it again, which is a fucking hard thing to do when you're 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."
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