Former SLIPKNOT Drummer JOEY JORDISON Is Working On His First-Ever Book
Former SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison has confirmed that he is working on his first-ever book.
The 43-year-old musician, who is currently touring Europe with the international death metal superground SINSAENUM, revealed that he will tell his life story in book form during an interview with the Impact metal channel.
”I’ve had a couple of offers from book companies and stuff like that, and I’ve been so busy, of course, with new music projects and recording and touring that I haven’t really gotten down to it,” he said during the chat, which took place on October 10 in Budapest, Hungary. ”I can’t do it on the road, because everything else takes all my time as far as — you’ve got travel, you’ve got all these things that you have to do, and, of course, soundchecks and then you’ve got the show, and then you’ve got meet-and-greets, and then you’ve gotta meet the fans, of course, after the show. That takes all of your time.
”But as far as the book is concerned, I already started it, to be completely honest, and it will just take some time to make sure it’s absolutely detailed,” he continued. ”Because I can’t complete it without completing the SINSAENUM tour [laughs], ’cause it wouldn’t make any sense.”
Jordison also talked about the state of his health, several years after overcoming the neurological condition acute transverse myelitis, an inflammation of the spinal cord which damages nerve fibers, which ultimately led to the drummer temporarily losing the use of his legs.
”[My health is] great,” he said. ”I’m over here on tour; I couldn’t ask for anything more. I’ve still got VIMIC going, a new record, and I’m doing SINSAENUM right now. I’m just glad to be onstage, man. I’m glad to meet fans every day. Every day is a good day above ground, and especially being able to play metal and being able to your craft and everything. You’ve gotta respect that, because it’s something that can be taken away from you really quick. And a lot of people wish they could be in your position, so if you disrespect your position that you’ve been given, that’s when the trouble happens. But as of right now, man, everything’s great. Yeah, no complaints.”
Asked if reaching the ”bottom” while battling health issues served as an inspiration for him to return to playing drums, Joey said: ”[it] asolutely was, because that was the test of who I am as a person. And being able to get back from that, and the people that supported me, and my trainers, and especially my lady, Amanda, I got back from it. And also, when we were doing this SINSAENUM record and forming SINSAENUM, that was a huge thing because that was the real test of playing the most extreme metal drumming I’ve ever done in my life, and still am doing. That’s what fuels me, man. It’s, like, you never let anything beat you — ever! ’Cause life will hit you crazy. No one’s exempt from it. And being able to come back [and play] with SINSAENUM and [secure] new record deals and all that stuff, it’s just great to be over here and be able to play. And I can’t wait to get onstage tonight and slay.”
Jordison and the members of SLIPKNOT had been silent and evasive about the reasons for his dismissal from the band in December 2013, but Joey finally spoke about it in 2016 while accepting an award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in London, England.
At the time, Joey claimed that he was fired from SLIPKNOT without a band meeting or ”anything from management.” He said: ”All I got was a stupid fucking e-mail saying I was out of the band that I busted my ass my whole life to fucking create. That’s exactly what happened and it was hurtful. I didn’t deserve that shit after what I’d done and everything I’d been through.
”They got confused about my health issues and obviously even I didn’t know what it was at first,” he continued. ”They thought I was fucked up on drugs, which I wasn’t at all.
”I’ve been through so many things with those guys and I love them very much. What’s hurtful is the way it went down was not fucking right. That’s all I want to say. The way they did it was fucking cowardly. It was fucked up.”
Despite the circumstances surrounding his dismissal from SLIPKNOT, Jordison praised the band’s latest album, ”.5: The Gray Chapter”, which features his replacement, Jay Weinberg, as well as new bassist Alessandro Venturella. He said: ”I listened to the whole record multiple times. And I think it’s great. It’s fucking cool and I’m glad they moved on.”
Back in 2014, SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor told Metal Hammer that firing Jordison after 18 years was ”one of the hardest decisions” the group ever made, adding that Joey is ”in a place in his life” which is ”not where we are.”
Taylor said he could not get into specifics for legal reasons, but admitted, ”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.”
Taylor said that the band is ”happy right now and we hope that he is . . . he’s just in a place in his life, right now, that’s not where we are.”
The singer would not answer whether drug use played a role in Jordison’s dismissal, and confessed that he had not been in touch with his former bandmate. Taylor said, ”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.”