Corey Taylor Opens Up About Relationship With Joey Jordison: ‘We Never Said What We Had To Say’

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has spoken candidly about the difficult relationship he had with former bandmate Joey Jordison in the years leading up to the drummer’s death. Jordison left Slipknot in December 2013 under acrimonious circumstances and performed in metal bands Scar The Martyr, Vimic and Sinsaenum before becoming less active on the music scene in recent years. He died in July 2021 at the age of 46.

Speaking to Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1 (as transcribed by Blabbermouth), Taylor notes, “As you get older you just start appreciating what you have and mourning the losses Make peace with the people you’ve lost. And that’s something I’ve done in my own life, reaching out to people I haven’t spoken to in a while, and really burying hatchets because this shit is gonna weigh you the fuck down.

“Me and Joey, we’ve spoken every now and then over the years — it was just coincidence — but we never said what we needed to say to each other,” he continues. “At least I didn’t tell Joe. But the complicated thing about Joey was the fact that he was so many different people in one person, but it was hard to understand what was going on at any one time. He had demons that would have killed normal people. He was one of the true musical geniuses I had ever met. He was just complicated.

“Everyone likes to sugarcoat a lot of shit afterwards, but you don’t realize you’re dehumanizing them. And I can’t because I fucking lived with these guys. And damn it, the tragedy is that we did everything we could to be there, not just for him, but for Paul [Gray]. I mean we would gather and we would gather and we would gather and it’s just a shame man. The world is less cool without him.”

Listen to the full interview about Apple Music (opens in new tab).

Slipknot’s new studio album, The End, So Far, is out this Friday, September 30th via Roadrunner Records. You can read more from Corey Taylor about the new record in the latest issue of Metal Hammer Magazine, out now (opens in new tab).

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