Joey Jordison: “I would never have quit Slipknot, ever.”
Ever since Joey Jordison was rudely fired by Slipknot via singing telegram in 2013, the metal world’s been dying to know what really happened. We had to wait two and a half years for any kind of explanation — towards the end of his career in Slipknot, Jordison was suffering from transverse myelitis, a neurological disorder caused by an inflammation of the spinal cord which hindered his ability to play — but even so, the situation remains murky; the band still hasn’t shared their side of things, and Jordison hasn’t painted them in a positive light at all.
A recent interview Jordison gave to AXS doesn’t do any favors to the Slipknot camp who, he alleges, fired him with very little grace. When asked why Slipknot didn’t simply explain Jordison’s medical situation when they decided to let him go, he answered:
“That’s a really great question, and that’s a hard question to answer as I know that everything is publicized right now so I gotta really watch my words. The thing is, I got visited in the hospital by one member of the band when they all knew I was in there … and next thing you know, I got exited from the band. And I don’t know why. I don’t understand what the deal was.
“There’s been a bunch of rumors and stuff like, you know, why it was, and it is absolutely untrue … but it’s okay. Life takes you down weird paths .. I came back right after I got through with this, and I came back, and I did the festivals, and I killed it.
“I didn’t quit Slipknot. I would never have quit Slipknot, ever. I just want the fans to know that. It’s important for everyone to know that.”
The other members of Slipknot once again do not come off as looking great here, but I’d caution against final judgment: there must be more to this story. Slipknot wouldn’t have let go of a drummer as talented as Jordison — and one who was so integral to the band’s rise to fame — in such a cold fashion if there wasn’t something else at play. We won’t begin to speculate what that could’ve been, but this seems like a classic case of missing information, especially given the fact that no one in Slipknot has ever fully explained Jordison’s exit.
There was this interview Corey Taylor gave in 2014 that very broadly described a change in Joey’s behavior over the years but stopped short of explaining what that change was. And there was this statement by Kris Norris last year after he left Vimic, the new band he started with Jordison, that painted a controlling picture of Joey. But that’s it. And still nothing concrete.
Come on, Slipknot, spill the beans!