Corey Taylor: “It’s Just A Fucking Shame” Splitting With Joey Jordison!

As the whole world knows by now, Slipknot will be releasing “.5: The Gray Chapter” on October 21st via Roadrunner Records. This will be the first record since the unfortunate passing Paul Gray, and the surprising departure of Joey Jordison, but the fans are still as dedicated as ever! “The Negative One” video already has almost four million views, and “The Devil In I” video has almost hit three million in only five days! In other words, this is still one of the biggest bands on the planet, whether they have the original members or not.

As I mentioned earlier this week, Slipknot graves the cover of next month’s Metal Hammer, and we have an excerpt from the in-depth chat for you below! For the first time Corey talks in length about the decision to move on without Joey, and his words are definitely heart felt. As he says at the end, it’s a fucking shame.

On Joey’s departure: “I can’t talk too much about it because we’re going through the legalities of everything right now and settling everything, but it’s when a relationship hits that T-section and one person’s going one way and you’re going the other. And try as you might to either get them to go your way or try and go their way, at some point you’ve got to go in the direction that works for you. This is me speaking in the broadest terms, with respect to Joey. I guess to sum it up, it was one of the hardest decisions we ever made. We’re all happy right now and we hope that he is. I’ve known him since ’91, and that was before we were in bands together, and he’s incredibly talented; he’s just in a place in his life, right now, that’s not where we are… in the nicest terms.

On his relationship with Joey now: “I haven’t talked to Joey in a while, to be honest. That’s how different we are. It’s not because I don’t love him and I don’t miss him. And it is painful; we talk about him all the time, but at the same time, do we miss him or do we miss the old him? That’s what it really comes down to. It’s just a fucking shame.

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