COREY TAYLOR On Late SLIPKNOT Drummer JOEY JORDISON: ‘We Never Said To Each Other What We Needed To Say’

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SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor addressed death of his former bandmate, drummer Joey Jordison, in a new interview with Zane Lowe of Apple Music 1.

Jordison passed away peacefully on July 26th, 2021, in his sleep at age 46.

Corey now said: “As you get older, you just start to appreciate what you do have and you lament the losses. You lament the fact that you never had to truly make peace with the people who you lost. And that’s something that I’ve been doing just in my own life, is reaching out to people who I haven’t talked to in a while and really burying hatchets because that sh*t will just f**king weigh you down.

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

“Everybody likes to sugarcoat a lot of sh*t after the fact, but you don’t realize that what you’re doing is you’re dehumanizing them,” Corey added. “And I can’t do that because I f**king lived with these guys. And the goddamn tragedy of it is that we did everything we could to try and be there. Not only for him, but for Paul [Gray, late SLIPKNOT bassist]. I mean, we would rally and we would rally and we would rally, and it’s just a shame, man. The world is less cool without him in it.”

SLIPKNOT announced its split with Jordison in December 2013 but did not disclose the reasons for his exit. The drummer subsequently issued a statement saying that he did not quit the band.