One of the worst kept secrets in metal was finally confirmed by Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor when he gave the identity of the band’s drummer and bassist. Speaking on Chris Jericho’s podcast, Talk is Jericho, Tayl0r named drummer Jay Weinberg and bassist Alex “Vman” Venturella by name, ending over a year of silence and the band playing coy about who their rhythm section is. Here’s what Taylor told the wrestler/musician:
They’re having a really good time. Alex, our bass player, he’s so into it that he’s started to kind of come up the front – really started to own it. Jay’s just starting to take it up. It’s been really, really good. It’s been cool to watch them come out of their shells. At first they weren’t sure how far to go – that’s the respect level. They’re so respectful that they don’t want to cross any boundaries.
He ends over a year of silence from the Slipknot camp. Weinberg was first rumored to be in Slipknot in April of last year. Internet sleuthing last September led many to guess that the new bassist was Venturella. Then last year, a fired drum tech let loose with a picture of the current lineup by name. We’re guessing the reason to conceal their identities was, at least in Venturella’s case, to pay respect to Paul Gray’s legacy. As far as Weinberg replacing Joey Jordison, it’s not like it’s that big of a deal, even though Jordison is a phenomenal drummer. But finally, our 15-month national nightmare is over!
Slipknot’s tour with Lamb of God, Bullet for my Valentine and Motionless in White kicks off next week. Check the tour dates here.
[via Metal Hammer]
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