Slipknot Joey had to fight off tears on flight and regrets it took bassist tragedy to get band talking again
Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison has revealed he had to fight off public tears and resorted to smashing his phone after he was told of bassist Paul Gray’s death.
Jordison was preparing to leave a plane after flying home to Iowa last May when he received the call explaining that Gray had been found dead in a hotel room, following an accidental overdose.
And the drummer regrets that it took the tragedy to get his bandmates talking again.
Jordison tells Kerrang: “I landed in Des Moines from the Rob Zombie tour. I turned my phone on and my manager rang. He said, ‘Paul just died.’ I’m like, ‘What?’
“I’m on the plane next to people, trying to hold my composure, literally wanting to just fucking destroy everything. I’m trying to talk calmly, saying, ‘Why are you telling me this right now? I’ll be home in 30 minutes – can’t it wait?’ Then I realised they didn’t want me to hear it from anyone else.
“I just went into a blank shock. My phone lit up like a Christmas tree. I was trying to calm myself down, trying not to fall into tears – so I just broke my phone, right there on the plane.”
Before the tragedy Slipknot had been on a break following the cancellation of a tour at the end of 2009. Frontman Corey Taylor has hinted there was friction among members, and now Jordison appears to confirm it.
He says: “Why did it have to take my best friend dying for the rest of us to talk to each other like human beings?
“But that’s the thing – as soon as something’s not right with any of us, we all come running. Unfortunately it was too late.”
Taylor remains cautious about the band’s future, saying he’s not convinced they’ll make any more music. But Jordison is convinced Slipknot will keep going.
“I didn’t think about throwing in the towel at all,” he says. “My friend died, and what would he want us to do, quit? No way – Slipknot isn’t about who’s in the band. It’s a lifeblood, a force, a connection between people.
“Slipknot will never die. And I think Paul’s with us in spirit – he’s with me every day. I haven’t put my mask on since everything happened. Nobody has. But when we do, it’ll be the ultimate triumph. Trust me, it’ll be well worth the wait.”