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“He was my best friend ever. He was my musical soulmate, we did everything together.” Joey Jordison hasn’t spoken much about Slipknot bandmate Paul Gray, who sadly passed away last May. The reason why is evident as you read his cover feature interview in this weeks Kerrang! Magazine, where he talks exclusively and openly about the loss of one of the most important people in his life.
Speaking to the magazine about when he heard the news, Joey tells them, “I just went into blank shock. I was trying to calm myself down. Then my phone lit up like a goddam Christmas tree. And I am there trying not to fall into tears and I just break my fucking phone…”
Within the 6-page cover feature, Joey talks about the past, the present and also the future, specifically looking forward to the forthcoming Sonisphere dates with Slipknot- “…my friend died but what would he want us to do? Quit? No fucking way!“- and Joey also talks about coming through to the other side of the trappings of success and the man he is now. It’s a riviting and emotional read.
The mag is in all good news agents now.
Joey Jordison is back in the UK and more importantly, he’s back behind the kit. Joey has taken up his place at the drum stool for Rob Zombie and we grabbed some time with the Slipknot man.
Joey Jordison: “Originally I only had two tours planned for Rob and now I’ve been with him almost a year. In the summer I’ve got Slipknot to take care of. I have to go back home, basically and get my band straight.
“I’ve got to take care of my main priority which is Slipknot. That’s my baby, that’s my life, my lifeblood. We always take time off and do other things, but as far as the future of Zombie I’m pretty sure when he wants to make another record I’ll be there.”
Joey Jordison has told Kerrang! magazine that fans will get an unforgettable show when the band returns to the stage this summer to play its first concerts since the passing of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray.
“[These shows] will be the ultimate triumph,” he promised. “I have fucking piss and venom in my fucking veins right now. I’m already just thinking about… when we step onto that fucking stage, the eight of us… I don’t even know if we’re gonna make it through one song. We might destroy everything.
“It’s going to be bizarre. I think, honestly, Paul‘s with us in spirit… It’s going to be a really, really explosive show. It’s gonna be good for all of us… I think Sonisphere [festival in the U.K.] is going to be an exorcism.
“I think the best thing is to put Paul finally to rest, he wants to see us fucking rock. Once we do that, we’ll be at peace and everything can continue from there.”
Paul Gray was found dead in a hotel room in a Des Moines, Iowa suburb last May at the age of 38.
Following the death of his Slipknot bandmate and best friend Paul Gray, 2010 was one of the hardest years of Joey Jordison's life. In a rare interview, Joey Jordison opens up in this week's Kerrang! magazine about what he's been through over the last nine months and what the future holds for him...
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