Corey Taylor Speaks About Joey Jordison’s Death: “He Was Way Too Young and Way Too Talented to Lose Him Like This”

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In July, the metal world was crushed to learn that Joey Jordison, founding member and former drummer of Slipknot, had died at the age of 46. In the wake of the terrible news, Slipknot responded by blacking out their social media and posting a memorial reel of Joey, while frontman Corey Taylor posted an image of Jordison and late Slipknot bassist Paul Gray together, unmasked. Now, in a new interview, Taylor has officially opened up about Joey’s death, and just a heads up that it’s incredibly sad.

In a new interview with SiriusXM’s ‘Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk’ (transcribed here by Blabbermouth), Taylor was asked about Jordison, and finally opened up, saying, “It’s been tough, man. Our first concern was obviously his family, so we reached out immediately to make sure that they were okay, to let them know if they needed anything from us, they could absolutely ask…It’s a damn tragedy. He was way too young and he was way too talented to lose him like this.

“I know a lot of people wonder about the circumstances that led to him not being in the band anymore,” adds Taylor, “and it’s like, we’re not gonna talk about that. Because I’d rather talk about his legacy, which is that he helped create this band that we all have fought to keep out there and keep going.

“Just the fact that he’s not here now, it’s still — I still can’t believe it.”

Everyone at The Pit sends their heart out to Jordison’s family, friends, fans and collaborators during this difficult time.

Slipknot will kick off their Knotfest Roadshow tour this weekend. Tickets are available now for the dates listed below.

9/25 – Des Moines, IA – National Balloon Classic Field*
9/28 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
9/29 – Milwaukee, WI – American Family Insurance Amphitheater
10/1 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
10/2 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
10/3 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater
10/5 – Syracuse, NY – Lakeview Amphitheater – Syracuse
10/8 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
10/9 – Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre
10/10 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
10/12 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
10/13 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
10/15 – Burgettstown, PA – S&T Bank Music Park
10/17 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
10/19 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
10/20 – West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
10/22 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
10/23 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
10/24 – Pelham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Oct. 26 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
10/28 – Del Valle, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater
10/29 – The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion**
10/30 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
10/1 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
10/2 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion

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Words by Chris Krovatin