Corey Taylor's son, Griffin, made waves in the metal world when he unveiled his project Vended last year. In a recent interview, Griffin discussed the death of founding Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison.
Jordison was fired from the band in 2013 when Griffin was only 11. Jordison passed away earlier this year at the age of 46. Griffin was asked by Slasher Pepper in a recent interview about carrying on Jordison's legacy.
Griffin, who is now 18, responded (transcription via Blabbermouth):
“Well, I don’t feel like passing on Joey Jordison’s legacy is my mission in life. I feel like that goal should be towards Simon [Crahan, Vended drummer and son of SLIPKNOT percissionist M. Shawn Crahan]. Because he was pretty much — I wouldn’t say taught by Joey, because he played when he was very young, ’cause Simon started playing when he was very young. But I feel like Simon learned a lot more from Joey than he could ever teach me. So I feel like that honor should go to Simon, on passing Joey Jordison’s legacy on. ‘Cause Simon is a damn good drummer. I wouldn’t say better than Joey, because that would be rude. But I will say that he is up there with Joey.”
As for his relationship with Jordison, Griffin said:
“I really didn’t know Joey that well, ’cause I was way too young to even process what Slipknot was or even process what my dad did for a living or any of the other members,. So, people harped for me when I continued posting my bullshit on my Instagram [after Joey’s death]. They weren’t pissed, but some individuals were, like, ‘You should probably go consult your dad.’ And I was, like, ‘I did do that. And I’m not gonna tell you what he said. Because that would be very rude and also start some bullshit. So I don’t wanna do that.’ People were just, like, ‘You should be having a moment of silence.’ And I’m, like, ‘I did the black screen. I just didn’t know him.’ Not to disrespect him — he was a really good dude, and R.I.P. and all that shit, but I just didn’t know him. I haven’t seen him in years, honestly.”
Griffin doesn't let the negativity affect him:
“People get pissed with me making jokes over my own depression. ‘Cause people are, like, ‘Oh, you can’t be depressed. You’re Corey Taylor’s son. You have the best fucking life in the world.’ It’s, like, motherfucker, I’ve been through three divorces. I’ve been bullied at school. I’ve got a lot of mental shit going on. You don’t know my life. It’s very frustrating, but it’s gotten to the point where it’s literally just numb, where I just don’t fucking care anymore.”
Here's the full interview: