Horror rocker Wednesday 13 and the late Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison were close friends. So close that in fact they started a band together. In 2002, they formed the horror rock-metal band the Murderdolls; during their time together as a band they released two studio albums: 2002’s Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls and 2010’s Women and Children Last.
When Joey Jordison passed away in 2021, Wednesday 13 was among the many musicians who were devastated. Last month, Wednesday 13 paid a live tribute to the late Slipknot drummer; during his live tribute, he shared with the crowd, “He left us far too soon. He was one of the most talented people I ever met.”
During a recent interview with the On The Road To Rock podcast, Wednesday 13 spoke about the recent live tribute he made to Jordison and playing some Murderdolls music for the audience.
He then goes into how him and Jordison made up after a falling out, and the last conversation the two ever had before Jordison’s passing. The following was transcribed by Blabbermouth:
“Every night we have a little part in the set that I tell the story and talk about Joey. It’s weird — there’s some nights I don’t talk as much ’cause I get choked up. I’m, like, ‘Go into it.’
“It’s been a tough thing to swallow, knowing he’s not here. But we got to do that second [Murderdolls] record [‘Women And Children Last’], which is my favorite — killer songs on that record.
“When that record ended, we kind of ended on ugly terms and stuff — I won’t get into it — but we made up in 2018. We had two days off in Iowa and I went to his house. I brought the whole band over.
We had a barbecue, we hung out, we made up and we had been talking, ‘Hey, let’s do Murderdolls again. Let’s do Murderdolls again.’ And literally a month before he died, he texted me, just out of the blue, watching ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’.
From his bed, he was, like, ‘I just woke up and this was on.’ He was just giggling watching The Hitchhiker. And he wrote me a message and said, ‘Dude, I’m with you, brother. Horns up. Go out there and destroy it.’ It was just a weird, out-of-the-blue thing. So I don’t know what was going on with him then.
And then I get the news [about his death]. I literally woke up and I had a bunch of messages going, ‘Did you hear? Did you hear?’ And I knew it.
“So, yeah, man, it’s been a weird thing. But getting to go out and play these songs and seeing people’s reaction has been a healing thing. I needed that.”
Joey Jordison passed away on July 26th, 2021. It is devastating to have lost Jordison, but like Wednesday 13 is doing – we can still honor his life and legacy through the music and art he left us.
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Words by: Michael Pementel