Slipknot's new album, THE END, SO FAR, is the first since the death of their founding drummer Joey Jordison, who passed suddenly in July 2021 at the age of 46. In a new interview with Zane Lowe for Apple Music 1, Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor was asked to talk about his relationship with his ex-bandmate, who left Slipknot in 2013 under not-so-amicable terms with the rest of the Iowa Nine.
"As you get older, you start to appreciate what you do have and you'll lament the losses," Taylor said. "You lament the fact that you never had to truly make peace with the people who you lost, and that's something that I've been doing just in my own life period, is reaching out to people who I haven't talked to in a while and really burying hatchets because that will just fucking weigh you down.
"Me and Joey, we had talked over the years every now and then, it would just be random, but we never said to each other what we needed to say to each other, at least I didn't say it to Joe, but that was the complicated thing about Joey, was the fact that he was so many different people in one person, but it was hard to get a beat on what was going on at any given time.
"He had demons that would've killed normal people. He was one of the true musical geniuses I'd ever met. He was just complicated. Everybody likes to sugarcoat a lot of shit after the fact, but you don't realize that what you're doing is you're dehumanizing them. I can't do that because I can lived with these guys.
"Yeah, and the goddamn tragedy of it is that we did everything we could to try and be there. Not only for him, but for Paul [Gray, late Slipknot bassist]. I mean, we would rally and we would rally and we would rally, and it's just a shame, man. The world is less cool without him in it."
Listen to the full interview below.