Slipknot Members Visit Paul Gray’s Grave Site to Mark Two-Year Anniversary of His Death
To honor Slipknot co-founder Paul Gray, who died two years ago today, vocalist Corey Taylor and other members of the band visited Gray’s grave site last night and reminisced about the times they shared over the 15 years he was in the band.
“We just hung out and told some good stories,” Taylor tells Revolver. “It felt good to do that. It was the first time we’ve been able to hang out and talk about him without crumbling. It was good. We laughed about the old memories. It meant something. It definitely meant something.”
Gray was found dead in Urbandale, Iowa on May 24, 2010. Police found pills at the scene. Toxicology results, released June 21, revealed that Gray had died from an overdose of morphine and fentanyl.
Original Slipknot guitarist Donnie Steele has filled in for Gray on past Slipknot shows and will play with the band on their upcoming Rockstar Energy Mayhem headline dates.
“Even though Paul’s not with us, everybody’s right, he would not want us to just stop being what we are,” Taylor says. “We headlined the first Mayhem run [in 2008], and now we’re coming back and doing it again [this summer], albeit it under different circumstances. But I think it’s going to be great. Plus, I’ll have my family out with me so it’s going to be like summer vacation, only more masks.”
In addition to preparing for the Mayhem tour, Taylor and guitarist Jim Root have been diligently working on the next Stone Sour album, which will be a double-disc concept album about reaching a crossroad in life and having to choose which direction to take, the responsible path or the one that might be more exciting and dangerous. In 18 days, Stone Sour will announce the title of the album, the plot details, and the release date.
“It’s fucking massive,” Taylor says. “I can’t wait for people to fucking hear it.”