Fans around the world will be getting a shock with their toast and cornflakes this morning. It has been announced this morning that Joey Jordison, drummer and founding member of Slipknot, has parted company with the Iowa band he helped turn into one of the world’s largest metal bands. A short announcement has been displayed on the official Slipknot website www.slipknot1.com which has replaced the rest of the site for the moment, and reads as follows:
To our Maggots and fans around the world,
It is with great pain but quiet respect, that for personal reasons Joey Jordison and Slipknot are parting ways. We all wish Joey the best in whatever his future holds. We understand that many of you will want to know how and why this has come to be, and we will do our best to respond to these questions in the near future. It is our love for all of you, as well as for the music we create, that spurs us to continue on and move forward with our plans for releasing new material in the next year. We hope that all of you will come to understand this, and we appreciate your continued support while we plan the next phase of the future of Slipknot.
With full work on a new Slipknot album scheduled to begin in 2014 (and with Jim Root sitting out Stone Sour’s touring activities in the first part of 2014 potentially with a view to working on said material), there will undoubtedly be huge speculation as to what the future holds for Slipknot. Any further updates from Joey, other members of the band or any more official statements will be reported here as and when they are made. One of Joey Jordison’s other bands, Scar The Martyr, are scheduled to begin a UK tour in Wolverhampton tomorrow night with further dates in Manchester, Glasgow, Nottingham and London.