Former SLIPKNOT and current VIMIC and SINSAENUM drummer Joey Jordison was interviewed by rock journalist Mitch Lafon for a recent edition of the “One On One With Mitch Lafon” podcast (Facebook page). You can listen to the chat below.
Speaking about his former band, Joey said: “Without SLIPKNOT, I would not necessarily be where I am today. And all those guys and everyone that I worked with, wrote with, all the producers, all the albums, all the tours, everything that we did, I can never, ever in a million years compact it into an interview right now of the great things that we did together, and I would not trade ’em for the world. Those guys are my brothers forever. I love them very much, and I wish them well.”
Jordison and the members of SLIPKNOT had been silent and evasive about the reasons for his dismissal from the band in December 2013, but Joey finally spoke about it last year while accepting an award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in London, England. He revealed that he had been struggling with the career-threatening neurological condition acute transverse myelitis, an inflammation of the spinal cord which damages nerve fibers, which ultimately led to Jordison losing the use of his legs.
Joey last year claimed that he was fired from SLIPKNOT without a band meeting or “anything from management.” He said: “All I got was a stupid fucking e-mail saying I was out of the band that I busted my ass my whole life to fucking create. That’s exactly what happened and it was hurtful. I didn’t deserve that shit after what I’d done and everything I’d been through.
“They got confused about my health issues and obviously even I didn’t know what it was at first,” he continued. “They thought I was fucked up on drugs, which I wasn’t at all.
“I’ve been through so many things with those guys and I love them very much. What’s hurtful is the way it went down was not fucking right. That’s all I want to say. The way they did it was fucking cowardly. It was fucked up.”
Despite the circumstances surrounding his dismissal from SLIPKNOT, Jordison praised the band’s latest album, “.5: The Gray Chapter”, which features his replacement, Jay Weinberg, as well as new bassist Alessandro Venturella. He said: “I listened to the whole record multiple times. And I think it’s great. It’s fucking cool and I’m glad they moved on.”
VIMIC has just completed its first string of U.S. tour dates and will release its debut album, “Open Your Omen”, later in the year. A European tour will kick off in March.
Joey is joined in VIMIC by singer Kalen Chase Musmecci, who has toured with KORN as a backing vocalist and percussionist, and Joey‘s former SCAR THE MARTYR bandmates Jed Simon (guitar), Kyle Konkiel (bass) and Matthew Tarach (keyboards). VIMIC also features guitarist Steve Marshall.