Interview Outtake: Slipknot Drummer Joey Jordison on First Learning of Paul Gray’s Death
With the release of our new Slipknot special collector’s issue, we’re celebrating Slipknot month on RevolverMag.com, unleashing new interviews, photos, favorite Slipknot song picks from a host of celeb columnists, and much more. So check back right here often. In the issue, we talk to Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison about the passing of bassist Paul Gray and the band’s future. In this exclusive outtake from our interview, Jordison speaks about how he first found out about Gray’s death and how he reacted to the tragic news.
“I was on a plane [back home to Iowa], and I landed, and my phone had, like, 80 messages on it. And my phone rang and it was my manager, Cory [Brennan], and he told me, and, man, I went berserk. I kind of went into shock. I was like, ‘Why are you telling me this now?!’ Cory is like, ‘I’m telling you this, Joey… Calm down…” I’m sitting next to this girl, this girl is freaking out, and I’m, like, thinking of going to jail because I’m starting to flip. Well, I smashed my phone, like, on the plane in front of everybody and, like, they do have police kind of coming after me. I’m like, ‘Why are you telling me this?!’ He’s like, ‘Well, because once you get off that tarmac, people will be saying, ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry.’” Because here [in Iowa] we’re almost bigger than our governor…well, actually we probably are. So, yeah, it was pretty crazy. I lost my best friend, you know. We lost a musical soulmate.”