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SLIPKNOT Announce Bassist For Upcoming Shows

We knew Slipknot had a bunch of dates scheduled this Summer and one of the big questions was who would be playing bass for the band? Well, that question has been answered. Former 'knot guitarist Donnie Steele will be stepping in to help out on the low-end, according to a posting on the band's official site, that reads:

For their upcoming shows in 2011, Slipknot has asked Donnie Steele to fill in for Paul Gray on bass. Donnie, as some may recall, was the original guitar player in Slipknot and had actually reconnected with Paul in recent years. Said the band on their decision, “Donnie was in the band at the very beginning, and rather than get an outsider, we thought it would be a fitting tribute to Paul to play with someone from within the family. Donnie was great friends with Paul and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate his memory than with someone who was there with us at the very beginning. The eight of us are looking forward to being onstage again and honoring Paul’s legacy with our families in Europe and Brazil this summer.”

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Steele was the original guitarist for the band, playing on their demo release, Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat. I wonder if the band will still go through with their original plan of having the bass player play behind the stage next to Joey now that they have a guy that used to be in the band.

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