recently conducted an interview with SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

On receiving odd gifts from fans:

Jordison: “I had a gift given to me from a young lady when I was touring with (ROB) ZOMBIE and I was like, ‘OK, well, thank you’ and I took it back and I opened it up and it had like a weird smell. But it’s not what you think what it was, well, it was definitely odd. I used to work in funeral homes, that was my family’s business for a long time, so it didn’t spook me too much but I was wondering where this person got this from. [Basically, it was a whole person’s arm.] It wasn’t like an actual arm, just the bones. It was odd, but hey …”

On touring the world and releasing four albums while dealing with the ongoing conflict that inevitably comes with a band of nine members:

Jordison: “I think it takes a certain type of person to take on such a vigorous touring schedule especially with a band like SLIPKNOT. We’re not like a normal band; there’s nine of us, the music is not easy to play, the way we perform with such energy really takes its toll on your body and then you’ve got masks and coveralls and blowing the stage up every other night on tour it does take a toll.”

On the death of SLIPKNOT bassist, founding member and his best friend Paul Gray in 2010:

Jordison: “It’s so tragic and it’s horrible, but life has to go on and the last thing (Paul) would ever want is for us to throw in the towel. I miss my friend very, very much and no matter what he’ll still be on every SLIPKNOT record, spiritually. And we have a lot that we’ve written together that hasn’t seen the light of day yet, some monster riffs. I will miss him forever but you can’t sit and wallow and make excuses for not continuing SLIPKNOT.”

On SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor’s ambivalent stance towards making a new album without Gray:

Jordison: “I’ve been in and out of the studio for about six months now that’s on the SLIPKNOT record and also on some solo stuff as well. He (Taylor) does want to keep doing it.”

On his solo project:

Jordison: “Yeah, I’m gonna be forming a band in the near future with a lot of the material I’ve been writing lately. I don’t want to release too much but I have been in the studio and I think people will be pretty surprised at what I come up with. It’s heavy! But (SLIPKNOT) is all I care about right now. We are one of a kind, for sure. No one will ever be like us.”

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