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Jim Root On New Members: “I Think We’re Always Going To Deny Who It Is”

While the identities of Slipknot‘s new drummer and bassist are widely believed to be Jay Weinberg & Alessandro ‘Vman’ Venturella respectively - the band themselves may never fully confirm it. Guitarist Jim Root told Guitar World:

“We’re not saying who the new drummer is. Even if people find out beyond a shadow of a doubt who the new drummer is, I think we’re always going to deny who it is. He might not last. He might tour with us a year and figure out we’re all insane and he can’t handle being around us. Or we might shut him out. Who knows? For Slipknot, I’d say drumming is only 50 or 60 percent of the job. The rest of it is who you are and what your personality is. Will you clash with guys like me, Mick, Clown, Corey, Craig and Chris? We all have these strong alpha-male personalities.”

On the bassist front, Jim Root stated that both he and fellow guitarist Mick Thomson handled the bulk of the playing in the studio. At one point touring bassist (and former guitarist) Donnie Steele was involved with the studio sessions for the bands new album “.5: The Gray Chapter“. However, things didn’t pan out, as Root explains:

Donnie’s a great guy. We brought him in to help us out in the studio for a while. But it wasn’t really jivin’. He wanted to go home and get married and do all that stuff. It’s just better off for us to kinda move on from Donnie.”

2 Comments
Posted on 09 Oct 2014 by ash
by derek gordon @ 11 Dec 2019 06:57 pm
I think its a tragedy to have lost paul and also joey .I understand for 2 totally different reasons. I say as a huge fan of slipknot (maggot till I die) if the new guys jam with slipknot and like going with slipknots ways and want to walk the path with you guys. I say fuck yea I welcome them with open fuckin arms. I truely wish the best. R I p paul
by paula gilliland @ 11 Dec 2019 06:57 pm
well that have may have told me something. But guess what guys you're secret is safe with me.
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