Late Slipknot Bassist Paul Gray’s Equipment & More To Be Auctioned Off For His Daughter

Late Slipknot bassist Paul Gray’s gear and other personal items will be going up for auction from April 1-9, with proceeds set to go to his daughter October. The auction will take place via Backstage Auctions.

Backstage Auctions founder Jacques van Gool commented:

“It’s truly a privilege to be hosting this event especially knowing that it will benefit Paul’s daughter October. Each of the guitars and jumpsuits has their own story to tell and represent a significant element of Paul Gray’s touring and recording history. I have personally worked with Brenna Gray over the past 18 months and her final selection of items from Paul’s collection is amazing and truly honors Paul’s legacy. She has hand-picked items that will appeal to Paul Gray and Slipknot collectors all around the world.”

Gray passed away on May 24, 2010 as a result of a morphine overdose. R.I.P.

Shawn “Clown” Crahan Says Slipknot Will Be Off For “A Long While”, But They Are Already “Beginning To Write Some Music” For Their Next Release

Slipknot are currently taking a break, but are already looking to the future. Shawn “Clown” Crahan told Detroit radio station WRIF-FM that the band have already started the writing process for their next album, even though we may not hear it for awhile.

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Clown said the following:

“We’re writing as a band, and with Corey [Taylor] as well. Yes, we’re off, and we’re off for a while — for a long while. Okay, [it’s] much needed. We’d been touring for three years. Corey’s doing what he does, which is Stone Sour, which is awesome. And he’s living that life, which is awesome, ’cause he does really well and loves it; it’s his art. So he does that. And we’re writing. We’re beginning to write some music for Slipknot for the new record. He’s aware of it… So while we’re writing, he’s getting songs.”

“We’re not just gonna sit around … some of us aren’t just gonna sit around, because we’ve done that for 20 years. We just feel like writing. We’ve had so much fun writing The Gray Chapter, and people that started writing together during this album cycle never wrote together in 15 years, so things are a little bit different and it’s amazing and it’s fun, and we have a good time.”

He said the band is working at a relaxed pace, but then added the following about what they’ve done so far:

“We have a lot of stuff already that we wrote out on the road for the last three years. We have songs that we’ve written that are amazing.”

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) Slams The Grammys For Their Disrespect To Metallica & Metal Music In General

It is well known that Metallica’s collaboration with Lady Gaga at the Grammys was a disaster due to technical difficulties and the fact that the band wasn’t even mentioned. Now, Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) has offered his thoughts on the whole situation during an appearance on “The ETC Show.”

Taylor said the following:

“I feel bad for Metallica. Honestly, because at this point in their career they shouldn’t have been disrespected like that. The fact that… They shut [James Hetfield‘s microphone] off. Metallica doesn’t have control of that.”

He continued:

“The thing that people have to remember… I’m gonna give you a little background. All of Metallica ‘s people are not allowed to work on live performances on television. None of us are. They have a sound producer and a whole crew of people who work on those shows, and then your people work right behind them, all right? But you’re not allowed to touch anything, which is horseshit, because stuff like this then happens. The fact that then they weren’t introduced? It was just, ‘Oh, here’s Lady Gaga…’ Oh, by the way, she’s fucking with Metallica, you dick.”

He also added:

“I have a lot of very strong opinions about the Grammys anyway, [but] that really cemented it for me. We don’t need your respect. We don’t need you to make us feel like we accomplished something, ’cause all you do is open our mouths and shit in it, and I’m tired of tasting it. So, fuck you, dude. And by the way, I’ve won one, so it’s not a big deal. They don’t even really listen to this shit. They go, ‘Oh, I recognize that name. There you go.’”

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) To Release “America 51: A Probe Into The Realities That Are Hiding Inside The Greatest Country In The World” Book In August

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) has revealed that his new book “America 51: A Probe Into The Realities That Are Hiding Inside The Greatest Country in The World” will be released on August 15, via Da Capo Press. You can find the cover art, along with an official description of the book below:

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Synopsis:

The always-outspoken hard rock vocalist Corey Taylor begins America 51 with a reflection on what his itinerant youth and frequent worldwide travels with his multiplatinum bands Slipknot and Stone Sour have taught him about what it means to be an American in an increasingly unstable world. He examines the way America sees itself, specifically with regard to the propaganda surrounding America’s origins (like a heavy-metal Howard Zinn), while also celebrating the quirks and behavior that make a true-blue American.

Balancing humor, outrage, and disbelief, Taylor examines the rotting core of America, evaluating everything from politics and race relations to family and “man buns.” By continuing the wave of moral outrage begun in You’re Making Me Hate You, Taylor skewers contemporary America in his own signature style.

Slipknot’s Mick Thomson Recently Underwent Spinal Surgery

It looks like Slipknot’s Mick Thomson recently underwent spinal surgery. The guitarist made the following Instagram post:

Joey Jordison On His Exit From Slipknot: “I Didn’t Quit Slipknot. I Would Never Have Quit Slipknot, Ever”

Joey Jordison previously revealed that he was suffering from a nurological disorder, called transverse myelitis, around the time of his departure from Slipknot, and he has opened up about his condition in many interviews since. Now in a new chat with AXS, he said he still isn’t sure why he got fired, and that he “would never have quit.”

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He said the following when asked why the band didn’t discuss his illness in the press:

“That’s a, you know, 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 OK. 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.”

You can read more over at AXS.