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
Slipknot will be taking out Korn and King 810 on the "PREPARE FOR HELL TOUR". It's a bit surreal to see Slipknot headlining over Korn as for King 810, this is clearly the biggest touring opportunity the band will ever have. Their music has been compared to both Slipknot and Korn so they will be performing to the exact fan base they hope to cater to. Overall, this will be an awesome tour to see live.
Here are the Prepare For Hell Tour dates:
Oct. 25 – San Bernardino, CA – Knotfest
Oct. 26 – San Bernardino, CA – Knotfest
Oct. 29 – El Paso, TX – Paso County Coliseum
Oct. 31 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
Nov. 01 – Corpus Christi, TX – American Bank Center
Nov. 02 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
Nov. 04 – Little Rock, AR – Verizon Arena
Nov. 05 – Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Energy Arena
Nov. 06 – Omaha, NE – CenturyLink Center
Nov. 08 – Madison, WI – Alliant Energy Center
Nov. 09 – Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford Premiere Center
Nov. 11 – Denver, CO – Denver Coliseum
Nov. 19 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Arena
Nov. 21 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Nov. 22 – Lexington, KY – Rupp Arena
Nov. 23 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Nov. 25 – Moline, IL – iWireless Center
Nov. 26 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
Nov. 28 – Rosemont, IL – Allstate Arena
Nov. 29 – Detroit, MI – Palace of Auburn Hills
Nov. 30 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
Dec. 02 – Reading, PA – Santander Arena
Dec. 03 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
Dec. 05 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun
Dec. 06 – East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center
Dec. 07 – Boston, MA – Paul E. Tsongas Arena
Tickets go on sale September 5th. Every ticket purchase before October 5th will come with a free digital download of the new Slipknot album.
Posted on: 25 Aug 2014
SLIPKNOT's official web site, Slipknot1.com, and Facebook page have been updated with creepy images and sounds in preparation for the release of the band's long-awaited new album, tentatively due before the end of the year via Roadrunner Records.
Posted on: 16 Jul 2014
SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor says fans "will lose their minds" when they hear the band's long-awaited new studio album, tentatively due before the end of the year via Roadrunner Records.
Speaking to Kristyn Clark of Pop Culture Madness on the red carpet of last week's "Monster Energy Roast On The Range With Corey Taylor" event in Columbus, Ohio, Corey said about his plans for the rest of 2014: "The rest of the summer is just finishing up a certain album . And that's about it, really. I've got a handful of shows that I'm doing with STONE SOUR in July, and then everything is SLIPKNOT."
Pressed about the direction of the new SLIPKNOT material, Taylor said: "I will say that, at the moment, right now, it feels like a great mesh of 'Iowa' and 'Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)'. You've got the gorgeous melodies and the artistic direction of 'Vol. 3' and then you've got the absolute brutality of 'Iowa'. And I think people are gonna lose their minds when they hear it."
Taylor said in an interview with Front Row Live Entertainment on May 12 that the band's first album in six years is "coming along," adding, "I actually left the studio to come right down here. So it's a matter of time, trust me. It's gonna be rad . . . Everything is going exactly how it needs to go. So it's gonna be really awesome."
Even though SLIPKNOT's last album, "All Hope Is Gone", came out in 2008, Taylor said, "The good thing is we've always been writing, so there's a ton of stuff that we're pretty stoked on. It's exactly what you want it to be."
SLIPKNOT percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he has high hopes for the band's next album. "That record is going to be, I predict, one of the most serious things that we will have ever comprehended that we've ever done in our life," he said. "And we pretty much say that on every record, but I really feel that when the time comes, what will be on hand is going to be something almost unimaginable."
The new SLIPKNOT album will be the band's first since the 2010 death of bassist Paul Gray and the late 2013 dismissal of drummer Joey Jordison.
The band is rumored to have recruited drummer Jay Weinberg to play on the new album. Weinberg is the son of Max Weinberg, longtime BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND drummer.
Posted on: 28 May 2014
During a recent interview with Rock Revolt Magazine, SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor was asked about the band's recent split with drummer Joey Jordison and how Joey's exit will change the group's sound on its next album.
"Honestly, it depends on who we get ," Taylor said (see video below).
Regarding whether SLIPKNOT has any candidates in mind as a possible replacement for Jordison, Taylor said: "A few people." He added: "As soon as we know , the fans will know. And that's how we're keeping it. We're keeping everything really close to the chest right now. I mean, it's out of respect for Joey, and for us. And there's just a host of legal things that we still need to sort out. It's hard - it's really hard - but the only other was shutting the band down, and none of us wanted to do that. So we're gonna push on."
read full story for the Video Interview with Corey Taylor
Posted on: 26 Jan 2014
Joey Jordison has revealed via a Tweet, that he did not quit the band.
"To my fans, friends, and associates… I would like to start the New Year by addressing the recent rumours and speculation regarding my departure from Slipknot. I want to make it very clear that I DID NOT QUIT SLIPKNOT. This band has been my life for the last 18 years, and I would never abandon it, or my fans."
He went on to say that he was "blindsided" by his exit from the group, but that he could not give away any more details concerning his departure. "This news has shocked and blindsided me as much as it has all of you," he continued. "While there is much I would like to say, I must remain silent to further details at this time. I would like to thank you all for your unwavering love and support, and wish everyone a very happy and healthy new year."
Posted on: 13 Jan 2014