Joey Jordison leaving Slipknot is probably one of the biggest shifts in the band’s career. While Slipknot has always been a band of nine people, Joey brought so much craft, passion, and love to the band.
During a recent interview with Zane Lowe of Apple Music 1, Corey Taylor was asked about life in relation to mortality; Zane brings up how he has been thinking about Joey Jordison and his talents, and he goes on to ask Corey what he has learned about life through the lens of Slipknot. Corey speaks to what he has learned and opens up about his relationship with that of Joey Jordison.
“I’ve been saying it for a while, we’ve all reached the point in life where life is taking things away, instead of giving us stuff. Not that life doesn’t give us stuff – the things that we’ve had, we’ve had for a while. Now, at this point in life, it’s starting to extricate instead of to add. And as you get older, you start to appreciate what you do have and you’ll lament the losses. You lament the fact that you never had to truly make peace with the people who you lost, and that’s something that I’ve been doing just in my own life period, is reaching out to people who I haven’t talked to in a while and really burying hatchets because that will just fucking weigh you down.
“Me and Joey, we had talked over the years every now and then, it would just be random, but we never said to each other what we needed to say to each other, at least I didn’t say it to Joe. But that was the complicated thing about Joey, was the fact that he was so many different people in one person, but it was hard to get a beat on what was going on at any given time.
“He had demons that would’ve killed normal people. He was one of the true musical geniuses I’d ever met. He was just complicated. Everybody likes to sugarcoat a lot of shit after the fact, but you don’t realize that what you’re doing is you’re dehumanizing them. I can’t do that because I [fuckin’] lived with these guys.”
Joey truly was and will forever be remembered as an artistic genius. We love and miss you Joey <3
You can check out the full video interview featuring Corey Taylor below. The new Slipknot album, The End, So Far, comes out tomorrow. During that same conversation with Zane, Taylor spoke to how back in the day, the members in the band would butt heads ferociously with one another.