Below you can read an excerpt from Metal Hammer Magazine featuring the story of Joey Jordison‘s battle with transverse myelitis.
Former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison reveals the real story behind his split with the band, and how he’s come back fighting.
Part One – Revelation
“This is very important to me. You’re getting something that I have not told anyone. It’s very emotional. It’s fucking hardcore, man.” Joey Jordison has got a few things to get off his chest. More importantly, the world has got a few questions for the erstwhile Slipknot alumnus and the 21st century’s most celebrated percussive polymath, not least because he has been resolutely off the radar for the last few years. The last time Metal Hammer spoke directly to Joey, he was promoting his then-newly-formed band Scar The Martyr, who released their self-titled debut album in September 2013. Three months later, he was seemingly dismissed from Slipknot, the band he had enjoyed huge global success with ever since they exploded into our world back in 1999. Since that startling news broke in December 2013, Joey has been conspicuous by his absence from our ears, eyes and screens. This being the age of endless social media speculation, his disappearance and departure from Slipknot have been widely discussed online, one commonly espoused theory being that the diminutive drummer had gone spectacularly off the rails and was simply unable to fulfill his usual duties, thus prompting his bandmates’ decision to effect an unexpected lineup change.
In truth, only Joey’s closest friends and business associates know what he’s been up to for the last couple of years, but as he warmly greets Hammer at the door of the house he shares with girlfriend Amanda in Des Moines, it’s immediately apparent that today’s interview is much more than just an opportunity to herald the arrival of not one, but two new bands and Joey’s wholesale return to action. Instead, this is what he describes as “an opportunity to tell everyone what the fuck has been going on”. And it’s almost certainly not what anyone is expecting.
Check out the complete video footage of Slipknot‘s show at Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood (Atlanta, GA).
The 7 performed the following songs: The Negative One, Disasterpiece, Eyeless, Skeptic, Before I Forget, Killpop, Dead Memories, Everything Ends, Psychosocial, Pulse of the Maggots, Left Behind, The Devil in I, Wait and Bleed, (sic), Surfacing, Duality, and Spit It Out.