During a recent conversation with The Fader, frontman Corey Taylor brought up how Slipknot had intentions to make amends with that of the late Joey Jordison prior to his passing. Jordison left Slipknot in 2013 and passed away in 2021.
Via this new interview, Corey was asked if Joey was on his mind while making the band’s new album, The End, So Far; the interviewer points out that this is the first Slipknot album the band has made since Joey’s passing. Corey reflects on his friend, and speaks to how the band wanted to reach out to Jordison:
“It definitely crept in because it happened while we were working on some of this music. We dedicated the album to him. We hoped it wouldn’t happen, and when it did it was a sad resolve that… For somebody that creative and explosive… I just wish we hadn’t lost him this soon. We were hoping to mend fences with him, and it’s one of those things that tells you: whatever you need to do, do it now, because you never know when you’re gonna lose somebody.”
The late Paul Gray is then brought up and Corey is asked how the passing of friends impacts the band (specifically, if these experiences make them appreciate their time together more):
“They definitely woke us up a little bit, made us realize we’re on the other side of youth. There’s gonna come a time when we start losing each other again, and we should take advantage of the time we have right now with each other. I’ve tried to let these guys know how I feel about them and the music we’ve made together. We’re all such different people, and the fact that after all these years we’re still doing it together — and still doing it at this pace — you have to embrace each other after that.”
We hope that Joey and Paul are at peace <3