Source: Classic Rock Magazine
Former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison has spoken out over his departure from the band, insisting he did not leave of his own choice.
And although he stops short of saying he was fired, he admits he was “blindsided” by the move.
Fans were stunned last month when it was announced co-founder Jordison had “parted ways” with the band for “personal reasons.” Frontman Corey Taylor later admitted to frustration over the situation, saying: “Legally and respectfully, I can’t say a lot about it. We’re trying to protect him, protect us – just making sure we do everything right. It’s difficult.”
Now Jordison, who recently toured the UK with side-project Scar The Martyr, says: “I would like to start the New Year by addressing the recent rumours and speculation regarding my departure from Slipknot.
“I want to make it very clear that I did not quit Slipknot. This band has been my life for the last 18 years, and I would never abandon it, or my fans.
“This news has shocked and blindsided me as much as it has all of you. While there is much I would like to say, I must remain silent to further details at this time. I would like to thank you all for your unwavering love and support.”
Slipknot are preparing to record their first album since the death of co-founding bassist Paul Gray in 2010. Jordison had previously reported he’d written around 40 songs for the package, but Taylor recently confirmed none of them would appear – and warned those who thought the band was collapsing that they were “greatly and sadly mistaken.”