Written by Staff Writer
04 Nov, 2015 | 5:38 pm
It’s been about two years since Slipknot parted ways with founding drummer Joey Jordison and we still don’t know what really happened. Frontman Corey Taylor has been rather evasive when asked about the reasoning for essentially firing Joey.
Well, a recent interview with Living Out Loud – LA perhaps shed a bit more light onto the situation for Slipknot diehards wanting to now what happened. Taylor was asked if it was difficult splitting with Jordison:
“I mean, it was hard at first. Nothing worth doing is ever easy right out of the gate. When we parted ways with Joe, it was honestly because of necessity; he was going one way and we were going another, and we just couldn’t go that way anymore. And honestly, that’s all I can really say about it.”
This is completely me speculating, but I feel like this either means Jordison had a problem with some sort of drug addiction or was just difficult to get along with. Jordison did say some troubling things in the lead up to recording the latest Slipknot album like the band would continue with or without Taylor, so maybe they were just over his behavior? Anyway, Taylor continued:
But I can tell you that starting to move on without him was one of the most difficult things we’ve ever done. I mean, just as hard, in a lot of ways, as trying to move on without Paul [Gray, late SLIPKNOT bassist]. But, like anything, it takes those first couple of steps, and then it gets a little easier. It doesn’t get better by any means, by any stretch of the imagination, but it gets easier.
With the new guys [drummer Jay Weinberg and bassist Alessandro ‘Vman’ Venturella], it’s really kind of a 2.0 kind of situation, where it’s the second phase of SLIPKNOT’s career, basically. And it’s different. In a lot of ways, it’s more fun, but in a lot of ways, it’s bittersweet; it really is. Because you’ve got two dudes who you kind of went to the trenches with, and you stood on shoulders to kind of get to where you were, and then you lose one and then you have to split with another. And it’s hard, man. It’s difficult at times.
Because you’ve got two great dudes who you’re jamming with right now, but they don’t understand a lot of the sacrifice and the toil that went into a lot of it. But at the same time, they have such respect not only for the band, but the music and what we’re doing, because they’re fans â€” they started out as fans and they grew up listening to us.
So they have absolute respect for what this band is and what it stands for. And they have never asked for too much, stepped on the wrong toesâ€¦ They are very respectful, and that’s huge for us. Coming from Iowa, respect is a big thing, and they have shown it at every stage of the way. So that, in a way, has also made it a little easier for us.”
Slipknot, for the most part, is done touring now, so expect a lot more Stone Sour in the next few months. As for Joey, he teased that he just finished recording new music, which may or may not be Scar The Martyr.
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