Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Pays Tribute To Late Bassist Paul Gray
A week from this Sunday marks the fifth anniversary of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray’s death.
In the latest issue of Kerrang!, Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor pays tribute to his fallen band member. Here are some excerpts from his piece:
“There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about him. When I’m on the road, the live shows bring back our times together. When I’m home, this house and the pictures in it remind me of good times and bad. When I’m listening to music, I think about the two of us, cranking new and old tunes in his car or mine, rocking out like little kids and giggling because the stuff is so awesome.”
“I think that’s the overall memory I cherish the most about him: his energy and his excitement. Even if you weren’t ‘feeling’ something musically or anything else to do with the band, he was the world’s best cheerleader. After one conversation with him, you’d be so ready to play or tour or record or whatever that you’d be jumping out of your skin. Whenever I’m feeling jaded, I remember that. I remember this gift that he and I and the rest of Slipknot were able to build together.”
“I had the privilege of making music with Paul Gray for 13 years. I learned so much from that man that I still use his ideology and methods to this day. I got to travel the world with him. I got to see things not a lot of others would ever hope to in their lifetimes. He and I built a career out of passion, music, anger and art. We may have had our ups and downs, but he loved every minute of it. I know I did.”
Gray was a founding member of Slipknot, known for his creepy pig mask. He died of a morphine overdose at age 38. He is survived by his wife Brenna and their daughter October.
Real talk: if you have issues with drug abuse and addiction, get help. Don’t reason with yourself, don’t listen to anyone else. Go get help.
MetalSucks sends our condolences and warm wishes to the members of Slipknot and all of Paul’s friends and family.
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