Joey Jordison, the drummer and founding member of the heavy metal band Slipknot has died at the age of 46.

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By: Rajat Shaw

Last Update: 2021-07-28 10:03:38 IST

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Joey Jordison, the energetic drummer who propelled the metal band Slipknot to global fame, died at the age of 46. Jordison grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, and played in a number of local bands before joining Slipknot – then known as the Pale Ones – in 1995.

Joey Jordison, the drummer and founding member of the heavy metal band Slipknot, has died at the age of 46

Joey Jordison, the energetic drummer who propelled the metal band Slipknot to global fame, died at the age of 46. Jordison grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, and played in a number of local bands before joining Slipknot – then known as the Pale Ones – in 1995. He named the band after one of their songs. Mate. Kill. Feed. Repeat. Was the band’s first release, and the lineup grew to nine members for their self-titled debut album in 1999.

Joey Jordison and Slipknot parted ways in 2013, with the band announcing: “It is with great grief but quiet respect that Joey Jordison and Slipknot are parting ways for personal reasons.” Jordison stated in 2014 that he was fired and that he was “shocked and stunned” by the decision. Later, he stated that he was suffering from transverse myelitis, a nerve condition that had hampered his ability to perform.

“Joey’s death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable sorrow,” the family’s statement reads. “To those that knew Joey, understood his quick wit, his gentle personality, giant heart and his love for all things family and music. The family of Joey have asked that friends, fans and media understandably respect our need for privacy and peace at this incredibly difficult time.”

With its eponymous double-platinum debut album on Roadrunner Records, Slipknot erupted onto the national metal scene in 1999. Slipknot peaked at No. 51 on the Billboard 200, but its popularity was fueled by the band’s spectacular live show. The band from Des Moines, Iowa, was sonically aggressive and visually striking, with members wearing nightmare-like masks. They played the second stage at Ozzfest in 1999 and headlined the Tattoo the Earth festival the following summer. On the 2001 Ozzfest tour, it placed second to Black Sabbath on the bill.

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