We Lost Paul Gray 12 Years Ago Today – Will His Unreleased Tribute Song Be On The Next Slipknot Album?

We Lost Paul Gray 12 Years Ago Today - Will His Unreleased Tribute Song Be On The Next Slipknot Album?
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Author: Michael Pementel

Today marks the 12th anniversary of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray’s passing. Paul Gray was one of the founding members of Slipknot and helped shape the band into the remarkable force it is today.

Before his passing in 2010, Paul Gray took part in the first four Slipknot albums. At the time of his death, Gray was 38. He was found by a hotel employee at the Town Plaza hotel in Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa.

As we reflect on Paul’s passing today, we are reminded of an interview from last year where Shawn “Clown” Crahan mentioned that the band have an unreleased song that is a tribute to the late bassist.

Back in 2021, Shawn Crahan shared in an interview with Minneapolis’ 93X that the band have a new tribute song dedicated to Gray; the song is titled, “Without the Gray.”

At one point in the interview, Crahan talks about the band working on lots of music, but that sometimes, said music isn’t ready to be released yet; he then goes into talking about the unreleased Paul Gray tribute song, “Without the Gray.”

Slipknot percussionist Clown talks Paul Gray song

“There are so many songs that have never been released because they get taken up to a point, and they’re doing good, but then they just sort of fall short because maybe that right brush just couldn’t bring that color yet. So we hold it back. There’s tons of music.

“We have a song that we wrote for Paul Gray called ‘Without the Gray,’ and it’s probably my fault, but I’ve held it for a long time. I don’t know why. It was too close in the beginning, and it seemed like it needed to be for us more than for everyone else. And now I don’t care, I want it to be for everyone else instead of us.”

It is understandable as to why the band would hesitate to release such a song right away; Paul is a brother to these guys, and losing him came with tremendous pain. If you have a work of art involving someone you love so much and who has passed away, that is going to be tough to put out into the world.

But maybe on the upcoming new Slipknot album, there’s a chance we could hear “Without the Gray.”

We love and miss you everyday Paul.

If you want to check out the full interview involving Slipknot’s Shawn “Clown” Crahan, you can find that below:

Watch: Back In 2011, Slipknot Paid A Beautiful Tribute To The Late Paul Gray