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Joey Jordison and Corey Taylor’s contrasting statements regarding Slipknot’s future have been well documented. However, if M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan’s comments on the Revolver Golden Gods’ black carpet is to be taken at face value, then 2014 could mark a proper return for Slipknot.
While on the black carpet, Clown and Chris Fehn took part in a video interview with Horns Up Rocks. While the interview can be seen in its entirety above, Clown made the following direct comment:
“…We’re really not here to be asked questions, we’re really here just to tell you what the fucks going on and what’s going on is we’re going to smack you in the back of the head. 2014. The Knot’s back, there’s blood in the air, there’s art to be made. And the brotherhood… it’s on its way.”
Granted, even with each band member’s other projects and with the death of bassist Paul Gray, Slipknot hasn’t really “gone away,” having toured Europe in 2011 and headlined last year’s Mayhem Fest in the U.S. Still, one has to wonder if 2014 will be the year fans finally get to hear Slipknot’s long-awaited new album. Just in case, though, let’s not hold our breath for it.
By now you’re probably (sic) of hearing about Joey Jordison and Corey Taylor’s contrasting statements regarding Slipknot’s future. And even though Taylor recently stated that there will be another Slipknot albums, it would appear that there’s still a disagreement over an exact time frame.
In a recent interview with News.com.au, Jordison was asked about Taylor’s past reluctance towards moving forward without the late Paul Gray. “I’ve been in and out of the studio for about six months now that’s on the Slipknot record and also on some solo stuff as well. He (Taylor) does want to keep doing it,” Jordison claimed. Granted, this doesn’t necessarily mean that a new Slipknot record will be coming out anytime soon. However, the drummer’s response seems to contrast Taylor’s comments in Dallas, TX last year, where he said that “they’ve still got a couple of years” before Slipknot does a new album. At least now, though, the two can finally agree that Slipknot will record a new album. Just don’t expect to hear any new stuff during Mayhem Fest this Summer.
But what about this “solo stuff” Jordison casually slipped in? Here’s what the drummer had to say about his solo project:
“Yeah, I’m gonna be forming a band in the near future with a lot of the material I’ve been writing lately. I don’t want to release too much but I have been in the studio and I think people will be pretty surprised at what I come up with. It’s heavy! But (Slipknot) is all I care about right now. We are one of a kind, for sure. No one will ever be like us.”
While it’ll be interesting to hear what he ends up producing, this wouldn’t be the first time he’s written music outside of Slipknot or even his other band the Murderdolls. Back in 2005, Jordison was a “team captain” for the Roadrunner United album. This album saw him overseeing and producing five tracks with numerous artists from Roadrunner’s roster (both past and present).
However, the material he recorded for Roadrunner United probably won’t help us determine what a Joey Jordison solo record could sound like. Each song the drummer recorded was pretty different from each other. “Annihilation by the Hands of God” was a death metal tune featuring Deicide’s Glen Benton, while “Tired N’ Lonely” was a hard rock song featuring Life Of Agony’s Keith (now Mina) Caputo. Guess we’ll just have to wait (like with the new Slipknot album) to find out what Jordison’s material sounds like.
You can check out video of Jordison recording “Annihilation by the Hands of God” and performing “Tired N’ Lonely” live during the 2005 Roadrunner United concert in NYC after the jump. Read more »
Tomorrow, January 25, after months of speculation, Mayhem Fest will announce the lineup for this Summer’s tour. However, thanks to a slip of the tongue comment, we won’t have to wait to find out at least one of the festival’s headliners. And if you’ve been following all the rumors leading up to now, then you won’t be surprised to find out that it’s Slipknot.
During this past weekend’s NAMM show in Anaheim, CA, Ibanez Guitar representative Russ Rosenfeld was showing off the company’s artist lines of guitars to Guitar World. While showing off Slipknot guitarist Mick Thomson’s signature line, Rosenfeld let it slip that the band would be headlining Mayhem Fest this year. You can watch video of Rosenfeld revealing the news, as well as showing off Thomson’s signature guitar models, above.
But as we said, out of the bands that have been rumored up to now, Slipknot’s involvement quickly became a sure thing. Though originally it seemed that they’d be doing their own tour in the U.S. this Summer, the band started dropping clues and playing the “can’t confirm nor deny” game in regards to Mayhem Fest. While they’ve headlined the touring festival’s inaugural year, this is still a major grab for Mayhem since it’ll be the first time Slipknot have performed in the U.S. since the passing of bassist Paul Gray. And if the other bands rumored for this year’s lineup turn out to be true, then this will be one hell of a package.
As Slipknot fans know, singer Corey Taylor has been the least optimistic about a new album, saying in many interviews that he still wasn’t ready to record without the late bassist Paul Gray. However, Taylor has started to slightly change his tune about a new Slipknot record in recent interviews. And while performing in Dallas, TX on the An Evening With Corey Taylor tour last Friday (November 18), the singer confirmed that there would be a new Slipknot record…eventually.
While he did state that it’s “still a little too soon” and that they’ve “still got a few years before” they hit the studio, Taylor did assure the crowd that “there will be another Slipknot album.” Considering that (for the most) part Taylor has been playing the “too soon” card regarding a new album since Paul Gray’s death, it’s a pretty good sign for fans to hear Taylor say a new Slipknot album will definitely happen. Sure, it might be a while till the new record actually comes out, but such was expected considering that the band is still healing from the loss of Gray.
But that wasn’t all the singer revealed in Dallas regarding Slipknot’s plans. Taylor also reaffirmed that Slipknot will indeed tour the U.S. this coming Summer, marking the first time they’ve played in the States since Gray’s death. Both Taylor and Slipknot’s Shawn “Clown” Crahan had previously let it slip that the band would be touring the U.S. this past Summer. However, Taylor’s mini-speech in Dallas comes just a few weeks after Crahan revealed to Billboard that Slipknot would be touring from mid June to mid August. We said it before, but that time frame certainly resembles that of a certain touring festival (cough, Mayhem, cough). We’ll just have to wait and see if Slipknot’s Summer plans include a headlining gig on a particular touring festival or not.
You can watch video of Taylor talking about Slipknot’s upcoming touring and recording plans in Dallas, TX above.
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If you’ve been following Slipknot as of late, then you know where each of the following members stand on a new album: Corey Taylor isn’t ready, Joey Jordison is ready (and not afraid to let others know that he is), and Shawn “Clown” Crahan has been in the middle (hopeful yet realistic). In a new interview with Billboard, though, both Taylor and Clown slightly change their tone about the possibilities of a new Slipknot album.
First, Clown (who recently said that a Slipknot album would “eventually happen”) reiterated that while there’s been no “talks” about a new album, each member supposedly has ideas to bring to the studio. Here’s what he said:
“Everybody’s got ideas and everybody’s writing, but it won’t happen until we get together as a band and have a big discussion about what it is we want to accomplish. We lost a very important piece of our enigma, and we’re not going to get together and bust through it just to bust through it because everybody wants us to.”
Clown also added that if Slipknot were to record a new album, it would be similar to the album Iowa in that it was recorded during a “very dark, painful time.” Interestingly enough, though, is that Corey Taylor concurred with Clown’s remarks, saying:
“We know that everything we do on that album is going to be about Paul. It’s going to be very melancholy. It’s going to be a more saddened form of rage when it does happen, and it’ll be a whole path that we’ve never gone down before.”
However, Taylor was quick to say that he’s “not as anxious to make a new album as maybe certain people in the band are, and I know a lot of the guys in the band feel the same way I do, whether they want to admit it or not.” However, this might be the most we’ve heard Taylor talking about recording a new Slipknot album since Gray’s death. So in other words, while the band will (understandably) take their time to enter the studio, a new Slipknot album is definitely not out of the question (or at least Taylor seems more onboard than before).
In addition to discussing a new album, the two also let some interesting details about upcoming touring plans slip to Billboard. We knew that Slipknot would be touring the U.S. this Summer. However, Crahan revealed that “from middle June to the middle of August, two and a half months…Our U.S. fans will get us, and the band will get to be together and that’s really important stuff. We are keeping it alive by committing to these shows.” Mid June to mid August in the U.S., eh? Hmmm, maybe seeing Slipknot headlining a certain touring festival isn’t out of the question after all.
Whenever the topic of a new Slipknot album comes up, you can always rest assure that there will always be contradictory answers from at least two band members. More specifically, Corey Taylor will downplay talks of a new album, while Joey Jordison will stir the pot to suggest one is coming soon. Standing in the middle, though, is percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan.
While he seems more hopeful for a new album than most members, Crahan also has acknowledged that it’s still too soon to know for sure. And more recently, when confirming Slipknot’s intentions to tour the U.S. this Summer, Crahan confirmed that a new album wouldn’t be coming out just yet. However, in a recent interview with the UK’s Kerrang! Magazine to discuss the 10th anniversary of Iowa, Crahan confirmed that Slipknot are planning to record a new album, but that they weren’t rushing themselves to release it.
When asked about the band’s future plans, Crahan revealed the following:
“There’s plans [to make another record] but that’s a way off. No one will push it, because it’s going to be a big one. It’ll be closer to ‘Iowa’, but it’ll be sadder and crazier and really thought provoking, it could even be conceptual.
We’re still taking some time to reflect on our brother [Gray]. Everybody needs to be collecting thoughts so they can get it out and no-one has really had time to collect thoughts yet. But we’re the f—ing ‘Knot. And when we come out, you’ll know your band is done.”
It should be noted, though, that it’s unclear whether Crahan’s fellow band mates are under the same impression regarding a new Slipknot album. One thing that remains certain, though, is that a new Slipknot album won’t be coming out anytime soon. And that’s completely understandable. Though it’s been over a year since Gray’s death, such a loss can still take its toll on a band (some are able to move forward, while some bands break up because of it). The fact that Slipknot have started to perform live again is a great start and shows promise for more things to come.
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Last week, Corey Taylor let it slip (no pun intended) that Slipknot were planning a U.S. tour in the very near future. Though he revealed everything else he had planned for the upcoming months, he didn’t give any further details about Slipknot’s first U.S. tour since bassist Paul Gray’s passing.
Luckily, we can count on at least one of the seven other members of Slipknot not to give more information about said tour. In a recent posting on Facebook, percussionist/co-founding member Shawn “Clown” Crahan confirmed the band’s U.S. plans by saying the following:
“I also wanted to tell everyone straight from my mouth because you may have heard it already anyway, but Slipknot will be touring by next June in America only, but that does not mean things will not change and as they do I will along with others tell you our family first.
No album yet because it is too soon and there are no songs yet because the band needs to come together to write this next one. I cannot wait to feel the ideas like choking on color. Everything happens for a reason, so be ready.”
So there you have it, though things of course may change, we now know that Slipknot will be touring in the States starting in June. It’s still unclear, though, as to whether this will be a full blown, across the country tour or selected dates. For all we know, it may not be so clear to the band yet either.
This also continues to confirm that despite Joey Jordison’s eagerness, the members of Slipknot still aren’t ready to record a new album. Like our interview with him back in February, Crahan remains hopeful but also realistic about the band’s current state. However, it’s a good sign that Slipknot are planning more dates after their first shows without Paul Gray this Summer.
So remember when Corey Taylor kept saying that he wasn’t sure whether Slipknot would continue without the late Paul Gray (multiple times while drummer Joey Jordison said the exact opposite)? Well luckily for fans, it would appear that Taylor has become more comfortable about moving forward with Slipknot since their European Summer shows.
In a tweet he posted yesterday, Taylor revealed what he had in store for the next few months (including solo shows, new Stone Sour album, and U.S. Slipknot shows). Straight to the point, Taylor tweeted the following:
“WHOLE bunch of things being plotted: more solo/book tours in Europe and US, new Stone Sour album, a US Slipknot tour… Gonna be busy!”
Granted, it still could be a while till Slipknot actually record any new music, and it’s very possible that their U.S. plans only include a few dates. However, this does show that Taylor, who seemed to be the least enthusiastic about Slipknot’s future, is much more open to continuing on with Slipknot than he was before. He simply needed to take things slow, which no one can blame him for. In truth, it was hard for us to report on the “he said, she said” drama that surrounded Slipknot in the past year. They’re still healing from such a major loss. There’s no need to rush back into the swing of things (seriously, it’s only been a little over a year since Gray’s death).
With that said, we’re sure that many U.S. fans (including us) are looking forward to seeing Slipknot live once again. We’ll just have to wait and see what they’ve got planned for the future.
While appearing on the Revolver Golden Gods awards’ Black Carpet, drummer Joey Jordison made it pretty clear: Slipknot would continue on and make a new album, with or without Corey Taylor. Well, he might want to tell that to Taylor, because he still feels hazy about the band’s future. In fact, not only does he say in an interview with radio station WGRD that the band has not talked about long term plans (which Jordison makes us believe they have), but even says that the band could come to an end determining how their Summer shows turn out.
You can watch WGRD’s entire interview (where he also discusses why the Velvet Revolver gig didn’t pan out) above. In response to whether the band has made any long term plans, Taylor said the following:
“No, that hasn’t happened. The only thing we’ve really sat down together as a band and talked about was the tour, and what we’re gonna do and whatnot. But I’m not the guy who’s gonna sugarcoat anything, I’m not the one who’s gonna spoon feed false hope to the fans, especially about something like this. If this tour doesn’t work, this band might be over — straight up. And I’m not gonna lie; I’m not the guy that’s going to lie to the fans. I’m telling people as it is, because people [keep asking me] ‘Any U.S. dates?’ I’m like, ‘Slow down, Beavis. Can we get through this and see what happens?’
It’s still a shock, man. I’m gonna be getting on stage without my brother. So until things make sense for me, I’m not gonna be the cheerleader — I just can’t be. First of all, the fans would see through it. Second of all, I would feel terrible being that guy. So as long as I just keep it real and keep it in perspective, we’ll see what happens.”
So at this point, it really all comes down to who you believe in this game of “He said, She said: Slipknot Edition.” Will Slipknot seriously move on even at the cost of losing another band mate, or does the rest of the band share Taylor’s reluctance?
Keep in mind that, as we’ve mentioned before, Jordison seems to be the only member to be vocal about the band moving on and making new music, with founding member Shawn “Clown” Crahan also expressing uncertainty about the band’s future. Unlike Taylor, though, Clown would like to record new music, but has said (both to us in our interview with him back in February and at the Black Carpet this month) that plans to record have not been made. All of this back and forth commentary doesn’t only confuse us as to whether Slipknot will move on or not, but further makes us ask the question: when was the last time the members of Slipknot actually talked to each other?
The band’s first show since the death of Paul Gray will be on June 17 at the Sonisphere festival in Athens, Greece. We have a feeling that the Slipknot drama we’re dubbing As The Knot Slips is only going to intensify till then. We’ll keep you posted as more develops.
It’s been a while since we’ve reported on the “he said, she said” bickering that’s been occurring between the members of Slipknot. Though the band will be performing at European festivals this Summer, singer Corey Taylor has been less than sure about Slipknot’s future without late bassist Paul Gray. Drummer Joey Jordison, on the other hand, is damn sure that Slipknot will move forward. And Jordison reaffirmed his belief with some choice words on the Revolver Golden Gods’ Black Carpet.
In an interview with Artisan News during the Revolver Golden God’s Black Carpet event last week, Jordison restated that the band will live on. You can watch the entire interview above, but in regards to Taylor’s uncertainty, Jordison said:
“You know what?! That’s for him to answer. As far as I’m concerned, Slipknot’s my baby and I have a bunch of songs written. And I’m in rehearsal right now with all the guys and it’s completely on fire. Donnie’s doing a great job. And as far as Slipknot’s concerned, it’ll always exist — with or without him. So that’s it.”
It’s possible that Jordison’s comment can be misinterpreted, but we feel that the message is pretty clear to both fans and Taylor. However, it seems like Taylor isn’t the only one unsure about Slipknot’s future. At the same Black Carpet event, Slipknot percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan, also a founding member of the group, also said he wasn’t confident that a new Slipknot album would happen, though he certainly would like it to. Clown even expressed uncertainty back in February when WE interviewed him. In that interview, Clown said:
“I don’t know how much longer Slipknot is going to exist. I’m not a fortune teller. Do I want another record? Of course I do! Is there going to be another record? I’m not a fortune teller.
So my priorities right now are A) get everything done for the March 29th release [of Black Dots Of Death, his new project], B) move into an area where the band will do some shows before June, and then C) concentrate everything I have for the tour in June for Slipknot to celebrate my bass player’s life, his love for the band, his love for fans, his love music, to celebrate his life, and in return the same thing for the eight of us. So it’s just a beautiful thing that’s going to happen. It’s very short, and there’s no talk as to what’s going to happen after that. There’s no recording. There’s no other tour dates. We haven’t even released all the dates that we’re doing because that’s just how we work, and it’s really not about that. It’s about a celebration of love and life lost, and looking at what we’ve done. It’ll be the first time we’ve toured without supporting a new record.”
So the fact that what Crahan told us about the band’s future back in February pretty much replicates what he said on the Black Carpet (over 2 months later) makes it seem like his feeling haven’t changed about the issue. So does that mean Jordison and Slipknot will move on with or without Clown, a founding member, as well? Or is this all just one big communication breakdown/cluster fuck that’s gotten out of hand at this point?
Stay tuned to this drama, As The Knot Slips, for it’s certain that more will hit the web soon.