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.