Slipknot’s Jay Weinberg on Joey Jordison’s Legacy: “[He] Live[s] Through This Music…That’s The Most True Tribute We Can Give”

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Back in July, the metal world was crushed to learn that Joey Jordison, founding drummer of Slipknot, had died at 46. Since Joey’s passing, Slipknot have paid tribute to Joey several times, from blacking out their social media to creating a video tribute for him to paying homage to him and late bassist Paul Gray onstage during their Knotfest Roadshow tour. Now, in a new interview, Joey’s replacement, Jay Weinberg, has opened up about his feelings regarding the drummer’s passing.

“I think with Joey’s tragic passing, of course, we’re all affected,” said Jay in an interview with Full Metal Jackie on her nationally syndicated radio show. “And I would never wanna speak for my older brothers who started this band with Joey, but certainly, it has been heavy. And I think, to me, the way of preserving Joey’s legacy, Paul’s legacy is really just committing my full self to the ethos and spirit of this band. They live through this music, without a doubt.

“So, to me, that’s the most true tribute we can give,” continued Weinberg. “As a collective to their memory, their art, their music, what they contributed to this world that has, and will forever have, a lasting impact is just to give all of ourselves to this music. To me, that’s the most tried-and-true way to honor those who have fallen.”

You can check out the full episode below:

The sentiment is one echoed by many, including Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor, who said back in September, ““I know a lot of people wonder about the circumstances that led to him not being in the band anymore. 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.”

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


Words by Chris Krovatin