Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor recently made an appearance at the annual Mad Monster Party and revealed that he has never seen anyone more gifted than Joey Jordison during a Q&A session.
On December 12, 2013, Slipknot announced on their official website that Jordison left the band due to personal reasons. In response to this, Jordison said he was actually fired from the band as he would never consider abandoning Slipknot.
In the following years, both Slipknot and Jordison stayed silent on this issue. Later on, in June 2016, Jordison revealed that he suffered from transverse myelitis, a neurological disease that made him unable to play the drums.
On July 26, 2021, Jordison died in his sleep at the age of 46, leaving fans and fellow bandmates devastated. Following the drummer’s passing, his former bandmate Corey Taylor insisted on staying silent about Jordison’s departure and honored his legacy on stage instead.
Recently, Corey Taylor answered fan questions during a Q&A session at the annual Mad Monster Party and revealed how he dealt with Jordison’s loss. He said that it hit him hard, although they hadn’t been talking for a long time.
Following that, the Slipknot frontman touched upon Jordison’s health issues and said his death was quite sad as he was one of the most gifted people he had ever met. Taylor then admitted he still can’t get over Jordison’s tragic passing, and the drummer is still part of the Slipknot family, although he’s gone.
During the Q&A session, Corey Taylor said about Joey Jordison’s death the following:
“That’s a tough one. It hit me hard, even though I hadn’t seen him or talked to him in a very long time. And I won’t get into certain things, but I will say that it hit us all really hard. The first person that I called was Clown to make sure he was okay.
I can remember going down and seeing them both at the gas station that Joey worked at — like, way back in the day. And he would work the overnights. When I wasn’t working at the porn shop, I would go down.
And they were always scheming; they would always sit together scheming. It’s, like, ‘I’ve got this f*cking idea. All right? We’re going to set our faces on fire.’ And I was, like, ‘No. You’re really not going to do that.'”
He then continued:
“All that history and all the memories came back then. And his health was obviously part of that. And it was sad because this man was probably one of the most gifted people I’ve ever seen in my life. It was far, far too soon. And it broke my heart. Regardless of what had gone down between us, it broke my heart.
It was hard. It’s still hard to think about. I think about it now, and it doesn’t seem real. So it hit us just as hard. It’s one of the reasons why we pay homage to him and Paul Gray at the end of each Slipknot show — to make sure that people realize that even though he was gone, he’s still part of the family, and he always will be.”
You can watch the Q&A session below.