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Slipknot Dedicate ‘(Sic)nesses’ DVD To Paul Gray

As reported on MTV.com, Slipknot‘s forthcoming September 28th DVD release (sic)nesses showcasing the band’s headlining set at the 2009 Download Festival is indeed dedicated to their fallen brother, bassist Paul Gray.

Writes MTV.com, “Slipknot are using ‘(Sic)nesses’ to once again pay tribute to Gray, dedicating the DVD to him and including a lengthy message to their late ‘brother”‘ in the liner notes.

“‘Paul Dedrick Gray, No. 2, was one of the founding members of our band. Slipknot was everything Paul ever wanted and needed. He lived and breathed Slipknot to its fullest potential every day,” the message begins. “He also loved each and every fan of the band. The maggots were everything to him … Paul was the type of person who would help keep you in check. He would do everything he could to keep the band’s closeness in tact. He’d even give you the shirt off his back, with no questions asked.’

“The message goes on to celebrate Gray not only as ‘a musical genius,’ but also as “a great son, brother, [and] husband,’ and promises that, though he may be gone, Slipknot will never truly forget his contributions to the band, which extended far beyond the music.'”

In closing, mtv.com reports that “The statement — signed by each member of the band — closes with a dedication not only to Gray, but his family and his daughter, October, who was born after he died.”

Go right here to read the full story, including more quotes from the dedication.

Source: Roadrunner Records

Clown Thanks Fans For Their Support

Slipknot percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan has thanked the band’s fans for their support in the months following the passing of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray

Gray’s body was found on May 24 in a hotel room in a Des Moines, Iowa suburb. He was 38 years old.

Crahan told Metal Hammer magazine, “I haven’t publicly spoken about Paul, except for the conference meeting [that was held shortly after his death], but I wanted to let you all know that I want to personally thank everyone who stood up for us and helped us. I want to personally thank each and every person out there who said beautiful things about Paul.

“We really have a fanbase and a culture and it’s real important to us, so thank you… We’re in a mourning period right now, dude. We’re in a place that we never thought we’d be in so it’s a little hard to explain, but we have a brotherhood that will never be replaced so there’s no worries there.”

Source: Blabbermouth.net

Corey Taylor: I Can’t Even Think About Slipknot Right Now

Joe Bosso of MusicRadar.com recently conducted an interview with Stone Sour/Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

MusicRadar.com: What would you say have been the differences between cutting “Audio Secrecy” and Stone Sour‘s last album, [2006’s] “Come What(ever) May”?

Corey: “Forgetting all the personal stuff, no major changes. You know, some of us have been doing this band since before Slipknot, so we know each other real well, and we’ve grown up a lot. Nobody gets bent out of shape if there’s constructive criticism or suggestions. We’re all in this to make the best music possible.

“I think the biggest change has been the stuff that Roy [Mayorga, drums] has brought in. He wrote some fantastic material, extremely melodic yet very rhythmic. This is the first time he’s been able to write for a band that he’s been in, and man, his songs fit like a glove with everything else we’ve written. He’s a supreme talent, and this record is going to show the world that.”

MusicRadar.com: Aside from the fact that there’s less people involved, what’s different about working with Slipknot versus a smaller outfit such as Stone Sour?

Corey: “Things just feel easier with Stone Sour. We’re a real tight group, we get along real well, and we’re such fans of each other’s writing. We get real excited when somebody brings music in. As you can imagine, when there’s not as many people in the mix, it’s a lot easier to add things to the music, to bend the songs and shape them a bit and take them to higher places. Working with Slipknot… things are always kind of in place.”

MusicRadar.com: Obviously, it’s been a hard year for Slipknot. The death of Paul Gray was very tragic…

Corey: [sighs] “Yeah, it’s been…Honestly, it still feels too soon to even talk about all of this. We’re all still processing it and trying to figure out how even deal with it. Paul’s death was such a heavy blow. He was such a huge, huge part of the band. His creativity, his writing… I don’t think he ever really got the credit he deserved.

“As far as I’m concerned, I don’t even want to talk about the fact that he’s gone. It’s such a loss. And as for Slipknot and its plans, there are no plans. There are no plans whatsoever.”

MusicRadar.com: I understand that the loss of Paul is still fresh in your mind, but even as an abstract, without a timetable involved, can you foresee Slipknot getting back together?

Corey: “I don’t know. I really don’t know, to be honest. I can’t even think about Slipknot right now. It’s kind of the last thing on my mind right now. But when we figure it out, we’ll let the world know. I just can’t say when that might be.”

Read the entire interview from MusicRadar.com.

Source: Blabbermouth.net

Corey Taylor Discusses Passing Of Paul Gray, New Stone Sour Album With ‘The Racket’

Vocalist Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour was recently interviewed by Andrew Haug of Triple J’s “The Racket” (which airs in Australia). Listen to the program in streaming audio at the Triple J web site: Windows Media, Real Media (NOTE: The first part of the Taylor interview begins around the one-hour, 25-minute mark). Check out the program’s entire playlist at this location. The interview can also be streamed in four parts using the audio player below.

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Source: Blabbermouth.net

Corey Taylor ‘Conflicted’ About Continuing Slipknot

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor says he doesn’t want to make any rash statements about the band’s future following the recent passing of bassist Paul Gray and is focusing, for the time being, on promoting “Audio Secrecy”, the new album from his other band, Stone Sour.

“It’s kind of a gray area right now,” Taylor tells in FMQB Productions’ radio special, “Inside Stone Sour: Audio Secrecy”. “Everybody is still feeling it. It’s too soon to tell.

“I’m very conflicted about whether or not I want to do anything with Slipknot, because to me, Paul was such an integral part of the band. He was the whole reason that the band was the way it was… Paul was the glue and the orchestrator behind some of the best music we ever wrote. He was the soul of the band.

“I don’t want to make any statements that I’ll look like a fool in retrospect, but to me, right now, it just doesn’t make sense,” Taylor says. “Until it does, that’s the way it stays for me. That’s why I’ve been saying it’s too soon to tell… you never know.”

“Inside Stone Sour: Audio Secrecy” is airing on radio stations nationwide from September 3 to September 7.

Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison, who was recently out with Rob Zombie on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, told The Pulse of Radio that there have actually been talks about Slipknot‘s future following Gray’s passing. “Shawn (Crahan) just came out, the ‘Clown,’ he just came out to the Mayhem festival, and we sat down and we talked and we’re starting to map out the game plan right now,” he said. “So there is another Slipknot record already kinda in the making. You know, we’re getting timelines set and, you know, it’s gonna be a little bit but there’s definitely another record. Paul would always want us to make another record. He wouldn’t want the band to stop — Slipknot was his life.”

Source: Blabbermouth.net

Slipknot’s Sid Wilson Talks Bassist’s Death, Preps Solo Album

Slipknot DJ Sid Wilson is preparing to step out from behind his turntable, take off his mask and put away the aliases – #0, Ratboy, DJ Moonboots, DJ Starscream – in order to launch a solo career as… Sid Wilson.

“When I see people, whether they’re strangers or fans or friends or whatever, everyone is always like, ‘Sid!,’ ” Wilson explains to Billboard.com. “There’s not a lot of people going, ‘Hey, DJ Starscream!’ or ‘Hey, #0!’ Everyone is always, like, ‘Sid!’ at concerts, at DJ gigs, wherever. That’s what I hear the public calling for, so I’m going to give that to them.”

Wilson is currently fronting his own band and has recorded a self-titled solo album that he hopes to release this fall, though a label deal is still being negotiated. He describes the disc as “an eclectic mix of all the different styles of music I grew up listening to. There’s a strong B-Boy influence in my music, ’cause I’m a DJ. I used to listen to a lot of Skinny Puppy and more mainstream things that came out of industrial, like Nine Inch Nails. I was always influenced by the Beastie Boys a lot and Run-DMC and the way they mixed their rock influences in their hip-hop stuff.”

Read the rest of the interview at Billboard.com

Joey Jordison Says ‘Slipknot Will Return’

Slipknot’s Joey Jordison recharges after Paul Gray tragedy.

Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison tells Kyle Munson of that he still mourns the passing of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray, who was found dead May 24 in an Urbandale, Iowa hotel room. “He was my best friend and still is,” Jordison said. “And he was my musical soul mate.”

Jordison also reveals that there were times when he could have been the casualty of rock-star excess and substance abuse in place of his late bandmate.

“I’ve been done with that stuff for three years,” he says. “I thought it was all fun and games, but it’s not. … After I got done with my (2007) tour with Korn, I really went for it after that. … It caught up with me, and that’s it — I just stopped.”

“Life is definitely a lot more precious now,” he adds. “Music right now, really, when I play it, it’s like I’m playing it for all the people that I’ve lost. I think about them all the time.”

On the topic of whether Slipknot will continue, Jordison says, “There will be another Slipknot record, of course.

“But, you know — there aren’t any replacements. Everyone in the band plays bass and can play guitar. We’ll get to that point when we get there. But I want everyone to know — and all my Slipknot fans and all my Iowa fans to know — that no matter what I’m doing right now with [Rob] Zombie and Murderdolls, that Slipknot will return.

“But we’re still dealing with the passing of Paul, God rest his soul. … Paul would never want us to not make another Slipknot record.”

“He was my best friend and still is,” Jordison said. “And he was my musical soul mate.”

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