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COREY TAYLOR Remembers JOEY JORDISON As "One Of The Most Gifted People I've Ever Seen In My Life"

"He's still part of the family, and he always will be."


Drummer Joey Jordison was one of the founding members of Slipknot in 1995, and stuck with the band up until 2016. Jordison passed away in 2021 and vocalist Corey Taylor, who replaced original vocalist Anders Colsefni in 1997, recently talked a little bit about the first times he met Jordison during a Q&A session at the Mad Monster Party.

Taylor said he and fellow founding members Shawn "Clown" Crahan were always scheming, and that Crahan was the first person he called after finding out that Jordison had passed.

"That's a tough one. It hit me hard, even though I hadn't seen him or talked to him in a very long time. And I won't get into certain things, but I will say that it hit us all really hard. The first person that I called was Clown to make sure he was okay. Because those guys… I can remember going down and seeing them both at the gas station that Joey worked at — like, way back in the day. And he would work the overnights. When I wasn't working at the porn shop, I would go down. And they were always scheming; they would always sit together scheming. It's, like, 'I've got this fucking idea. All right? We're gonna set our faces on fire.' And I was, like, 'No. You're really not gonna do that.'"

"All that history and all the memories came back then. And his health was obviously part of that. And it was sad because this man was probably one of the most gifted people I've ever seen in my life… It was far, far too soon. And it broke my heart. Regardless of what had gone down between us, it broke my heart. It was a hard… It's still hard to think about. I think about it now and it doesn't seem real. So it hit us just as hard. It's one of the reasons why we pay homage to him and Paul at the end of show — to make sure that people realize that even though he was gone, he's still part of the family, and he always will be."

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