SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison has described his departure from the band as "cowardly", revealing that he was fired via email because the other members thought he was on drugs.
Joey parted ways with the band in 2013, with his departure cited at the time as due to "personal reasons". He had been in the group since 1995, releasing four albums with the band.
Last week, the musician revealed that ill health was the reason for him being unable to perform with the group. Joey Jordison suffers from a neurological disorder called transverse myelitis........
Posted on: 08 Jul 2016
In truth, only Joey’s closest friends and business associates know what he’s been up to for the last couple of years, but as he warmly greets Hammer at the door of the house he shares with girlfriend Amanda in Des Moines, it’s immediately apparent that today’s interview is much more than just an opportunity to herald the arrival of not one, but two new bands and Joey’s wholesale return to action. Instead, this is what he describes as “an opportunity to tell everyone what the fuck has been going on”. And it’s almost certainly not what anyone is expecting.
When he arrived home from the Slipknot tour, Joey could barely walk. On August 21, 2012, he was admitted to Mercy West hospital in Des Moines, diagnosed with some form of leg paralysis but unaware of exactly how or why this was happening to him. Ten days later, he was transferred to the neurological unit at University Of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, understandably terrified and extremely confused about his physical deterioration.
“It was fucking bad, dude,” he recalls. “My lady has everything documented. I got struck with this fucking thing that I couldn’t control. The doctors said I might not be able to walk again. Today, I can almost run, but back then I couldn’t even stand up. I was bed-ridden. If I wanted to turn over in bed, I had to move my legs with my hands. I was in and out of the hospital for months. Some beautiful people have helped me out and got me back stronger and taught me how to walk again, but at that moment my whole life was screwed, man. Acute transverse myelitis is a fucked-up disease and a lot of people don’t recover from it and they’re paralysed forever.”
All the while, of course, his global army of admirers remained entirely in the dark about the turmoil and trials going on behind the scenes. It was widely noted that Joey was looking overweight and far from healthy during Scar The Martyr’s debut UK tour, but the conclusions that most people were jumping to – in essence, that he had a problem with drugs and/or drink – were completely off target. Unfortunately, when Slipknot announced on December 12, 2013, that they were to forge ahead without their talismanic drummer, those rumours seemed to gain a little extra momentum.
Several times during our interview, Joey’s eyes fill with tears. It’s abundantly clear that the extraordinary effort required to confront acute transverse myelitis and doggedly chase a light at the end of a seriously dark and bleak tunnel has taken a lot out of him, particularly on an emotional level. But now that he is about to click into top gear once again, via new bands Vimic and Sinsaenum, Joey is channeling his energies towards a cathartic clearing of the decks, and setting people straight about his life over the last five years is top of the agenda.
“Life takes you on weird trips and you just have to hold on, ride the wave and be as strong as you fucking can,” he shrugs. “I’ve been through so much fucking shit over the last few years and people just don’t know.”
Posted on: 05 Jul 2016
Corey Taylor (SLIPKNOT) had a frightening moment last night (June 29) at the end of the show in Georgia. After the final song of Slipknot’s gig, vocalist Corey Taylor took a hard fall onstage (video above) and had to be carried off by the band’s crew.
A fan told Blabbermouth “I was front row and after the final song, after the usual thanking and waving to the crowd, Corey Taylor collapsed on stage and had to be carried off by the stage crew. As I was leaving, EMTs were rushing backstage. Throughout the show he was clearly in pain from his neck but still clearly gave it all he could. The neck pain/previous injury plus the 95º Atlanta heat and his fully-covering outfit=a downed frontman. He was shaking and looked to not be in a good way as they pulled him off."
Posted on: 30 Jun 2016
Posted on: 24 Jun 2016
Posted on: 14 Nov 2015
Update: Slipknot have issued an update on the health of bassist Alessandro “Alex” Venturella, who has been discharged from the hospital. It reads as follows:
After a medical emergency during last night’s show, we are relieved to let everyone know that our bass player, Alex ‘V-Man’ Venturella, is well on the road to recovery. Alex collapsed mid-set after feeling unwell and as a precautionary measure was taken to hospital where he was found to be suffering from severe dehydration. After recuperating overnight, he has now been discharged from hospital and is on his way back to his Slipknot family. All being well, Alex will be back onstage with us tomorrow in Mansfield, MA. We thank everyone who reached out with messages and well wishes for Alex and we look forward to be being back at full tilt for the rest of the Summer’s Last Stand tour.
Original Story Continues Below:
Slipknot‘s new bassist Alessandro “Alex” Venturella suffered an undisclosed medical emergency in the middle of Slipknot’s set in Hartford, Conn., last night (Aug. 2). The band stopped the set for 20 minutes, but returned to the stage to continue the show as an eight-piece band.
Upon resuming the show, frontman Corey Taylor addressed the crowd (watch above), saying, “I’m gonna let you know what’s going on right now. I’m sorry to say that our bass player, Alex, had… Something happened. I’m not sure what happened. He’s been put into an ambulance and he’s going to the hospital right now as we speak. But I want you all to make f—ing noise for him. Send him some f—ing love. Now, we had a choice to come back out here. We’ve had to modify some s–t, but we’re gonna keep on playing for you. It’s what we want, it’s what Alex would f—ing want.”
Posted on: 04 Aug 2015
Metal Hammer caught up with Slipknot's Jim Root at Rock On The Range to talk about the future of the band and what else he's got in the pipeline.
Posted on: 01 Jun 2015
Clive Police have charged Mickael Thomson, the guitarist of Iowa heavy metal band Slipknot, after an arrest earlier this month involving a knife fight with his brother.
After an investigation police concluded that Mickael Thomson, 41, and his brother Andrew Thomson, 35, were both responsible for the March 11 assault, which hospitalized both of them.
Both have been charged with disorderly conduct by fighting. The brothers were booked and released on a promise they will appear in court March 30. Both parties declined to seek charges against each other.
Clive police were dispatched to the home of Mickael Thomson on March 11 after receiving reports that two brothers had been fighting. According to a news release, an altercation started inside the home, then moved outside where the brothers began physically fighting.
According to police, when they arrived on scene, both brothers seemed to be intoxicated and had sustained injuries from the fight, with Mickael Thomson receiving a stab wound to the back of the head.
Both were taken by ambulance to be treated for nonlife-threatening injuries.
Posted on: 23 Mar 2015
Slipknot guitarist Jim Root continues to speak out against his former band, Stone Sour. Root was fired from the band back in May. Given his recent comments, many suspect his personal issues with the group are with guitarist Josh Rand. Talking with TeamRock Radio recently, Root stated:
“I spent 12 years helping that band, writing songs for that band and doing things for them. When people conspire and turn their back on you because you have a bigger obligation to get to, it’s a little bit like, ‘Well, I guess that’s that.’
But when people don’t give you any reasons then all you can do is speculate. If people are going to make decisions like that for their career, I honestly would rather get on the life raft and get away from that sinking ship.
Maybe there’s neurotic people who are nervous and don’t know what their future is – so they have to make rash decisions to try to make sure they have a future. But that’s short-sighted. I tend to look past the end of my nose for my future.
Hey, if that’s what they feel they needed to do so they could go play another month’s worth of shows and do a cover record, then more power to you, have fun with that. I know where my passion lies and where my brothers are.”
Posted on: 22 Nov 2014