Slipknot take the headline stage at Soundwave 2015 in Brisbane at the RNA showgrounds. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Slipknot take the headline stage at Soundwave 2015 in Brisbane at the RNA showgrounds. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

The Hard Word: Slipknot drama resurfaces

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OPINION PIECE:

Strange things are happening in the Slipknot camp as media are now reporting Joey Jordison, ex-drummer, has criticized former members of the band for how they let him go.

The impending viral interest reflects the enormous feeling towards the drummer who has had a prolific impact on the metal world.

While the interview does not reflect ill-will to his old band mates, reposting of snippets from the article have created this vibe.

The fact that it took two years to dispel the secrecy around his departure has meant the level of interest is enormous.

It may be a small single comment taken out of context but there certainly has been a stirring of old feelings and interest as Joey Jordison has taken to a very public forum to express his side of the story.

Recently, he explained his personal struggles with transverse myelitis at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards - in an out of the blue insight.

GOLDEN GODS AWARD SPEECH

"Towards the end of my career in Slipknot I got really, really sick with a horrible disease called transverse myelitis - I lost my legs. I couldn't play anymore. It was a form of multiple sclerosis, which I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy."

"I got myself back up, and I got myself in the gym and I got myself back in fucking therapy, to fucking beat this shit. And, if I could do it, you could do it. It's the hardest thing I've ever done in my life, more than fucking anything. To people with multiple sclerosis, transverse myelitis or anything like that, I am living proof that you can fucking beat this shit."

This came after an announcement about the re-booting of side-project Scar The Martyr into a new band VIMIC, after Scar The Martyr failed to get traction with its initial release.

Then in a very public dialogue Joey seemed to reach out to his old band mates and hint at the possibility of a reunion.

POSSIBLE REUNION

In a interview with Metal Hammer he was quoted as saying:

"Honestly, I'm not trying to be dramatic, but if that was brought up, what I'd want to do would be to get together. I'd want to see them, just hug it out and feel that energy that we had when we were fucking young and hungry and all that shit."

"They're my brothers. We'd hug and talk and do shit like we used to do. We used to sit up all night along planning this shit and what we wanted to do. So that's how I'd wanna do it.

"It'd have to be in person. If it happened, that would be fucking awesome, but only time will tell."

Media though have since siezed on a different aspect of a June 13 interview with Metal Hammer.

Jordison is the cover star of issue 285 of Metal Hammer, and the results have electrified the internet into a buzz.

HOW THE DISMISSAL HAPPENED

"No band meeting? None. Anything from management? No, nothing. All I got was a stupid f-cking email saying I was out of the band that I busted my ass my whole life to f-cking create."

This seems to be the other side of a story where lead singer Corey Taylor had said at the time of the split:

"We're keeping everything really close to the chest right now. I mean, it's out of respect for Joe, and for us," he said.

"There's just a host of legal things that we still need to sort out," added Taylor. "It's hard - it's really hard - but the only other thing was shutting the band down, and none of us wanted to do that. So we're gonna push on."

In all honesty it is really difficult to tell the fact from fiction in these cases and fans and media may be driving hysteria as part of desperate desire to see an exceptional drummer and song-writer rejoin the band.

In reality, no-one besides those closely involved can tell what is going on.

And certainly it would be stirring old wounds for band members, including Jay Weinberg who replaced Joey in 2014.

Alternatively fan reactions have been positive and it has cleared the air on what was a very secretive time for the band.

Needless to say the drama comes at a strange time with the full scale tour of Australia due to happen in October.

Fri 28 Oct

Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, QLD

Sat 29 Oct

Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, NSW

Mon 31 Oct

Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, VIC

Metal legends Lamb of God were also announced as being on the tour.

Tickets on sale now from Ticketek under LIvenation.


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