Joey Jordison Breaks Silence on Split With Slipknot

by Spencer Kaufman January 2, 2014 Loudwire.com

It was shocking news when Slipknot announced in December that they’ve parted ways with drummer Joey Jordison. Now, it appears as if Jordison himself was the person most shocked by the decision.

In a statement posted late Wednesday night (Jan. 1) on his Facebook page, Jordison made his first public comments since the surprising announcement, insisting he did not quit the band and that he was ‘shocked and blindsided’ by the decision. Just like Slipknot did in their original statement, Jordison informed fans that he wasn’t at liberty to go into detail about his exit from the band at this time, but his revelation does shed a new light on his departure from the group. His full statement reads as follows:

To my fans, friends, and associates…

I would like to start the New Year by addressing the recent rumors 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, and wish everyone a very happy and healthy New Year.

As previously reported, Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor addressed the issue in his first interview following the announcement of Jordison’s departure. “It’s still so fresh and there’s a lot of things going on behind the scenes that people don’t know about, so legally and respectfully, I can’t say a lot about it,” Taylor toldMinneapolis radio station 93X. “I can confirm that we have parted ways with Joey and as soon as we can say something, we will, but we’re trying to protect him, trying to protect us, just making sure that we do everything right because that’s what we would expect from ourselves and what we would expect from the fans.”

Stay tuned for more news on Slipknot as the story develops.

Nikki Sixx Meets The Kings of Chaos

Kings of Chaos is quite possibly one of the most decorated Supergroups in all of rock history.  Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, Corey Taylor of Stone Sour/Slipknot, Deep Purple’s Glenn Hughes and Steve Stevens of Billy Idol.  Nikki went to their only North American performance this year in LA and hung out with the band before the show.  He was particularly blown away by  Hughesacoustic performance of the Deep Purple gem, “Mistreated.”  Nikki shared stories from the evening, click HERE to listen to that.  Then Nikki shared the story about the very first time he met Glenn Hughes, years before anyone ever heard of Motley Crue.  Click HERE to hear this classic story of the LA rock scene.

Slipknot’s Joey Jordison Announces New Project Scar The Martyr

By Phil Freeman: Roadrunner Records

 

 

Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison has unveiled details of his new project, Scar The Martyr. Recorded at Sound Farm Studios in Des Moines, IA, Scar The Martyr‘s debut album was produced by Rhys Fulber, whose production and mixing credits includeFear FactoryRob ZombieMindless Self IndulgenceFront Line Assembly and more. The as-yet-untitled album is slated to arrive later this fall.

Joey Jordison in the studio

Recognized globally as one of the best drummers in rock, Jordison is both a primary songwriter and the drummer for the Grammy Award-winning Slipknot. The Scar The Martyr recording sessions saw him behind the drum kit, while also playing bass on all songs, and rhythm guitar on all but two. The album was written by Joey and lead vocalist Henry Derek, and joining them in the studio were keyboardist Chris Vrenna (Nine Inch Nails), as well as guitarists Jed Simon(Strapping Young Lad) and Kris Norris (Darkest Hour) who collectively handled all lead guitars on the album.
Scar The Martyr sees Jordison treading in new sonic territory and expanding upon his already remarkable abilities as songwriter and performer. A searing rock record that draws elements from post-punk and industrial music to create an immersive and modern attack, the album creates a menacing and enveloping palette of surging synthesizers layered under heavy guitars and Jordison’s trademark precision drumming.
“With this project, I focused my efforts on writing for the better of the song,” says Jordison. “I wasn’t worried about flash or persona…It’s all about writing a good solid song. I’m writing music that people can grasp and hold on to…something that resonates. If you don’t have that, then you have nothing.”

 

Motionless In White premiere “America” music video on VEVO

Motionless In White has premiered the official music video for “AMERICA” today on VEVO.

 

Directed by M. Shawn “clown” Crahan of Slipknot, and featuring a cameo from Ashley Costello of New Year’s Day, the video features lead singer Chris Motionless as the ringmaster in the band’s twisted freak show.

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Motionless In White “America” Official Music Video

 

In regular rotation on Sirius XM Octane, the song “AMERICA” (Ft. guest vocals from Michael Vampire) is featured on the band’s most recent album Infamous, which is set to re-release as a Deluxe Edition on June 11th on iTunes, including previously unreleased and re-mixed tracks.

 

Alongside the “AMERICA” music video premiere, the band has launched a contest for fans to enter to win the ultimate prize bundle including a pair of tickets to Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, a Motionless In White prize pack, and a subscription to Revolver Magazine. The page also features a bonus “Shred To Win” contest where fans send in their rendition of the guitar solo from “AMERICA”, where one winner will receive a custom Ibanez guitar. Check out the official contest page to enter.

 

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The Scranton, PA rockers have just wrapped a slew of radio festivals including Rock On The Range and Rocklahoma, a U.S. tour withAsking Alexandria, are gearing up for a slot on the Download Festival in the UK, and a massive summer on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.

 

 

MOTIONLESS IN WHITE – Chris Motionless (vocals), Ricky Horror (guitar), Ryan Sitkowski (guitar), Balz (keys), Ghost (bass) Brandon Richter (drums) – From underground heroes to internationally acclaimed act, hotly-tipped rockers Motionless In White have slayed audiences worldwide. Unafraid to make music as intense as it is intricate, their ability to interweave powerful lyrics and strong musicianship with striking imagery that has captivated both fans and media around the globe.

Featured on the cover of Outburn Magazine’s April/May issue, Motionless In White has been nominated as Breakthrough Artist of 2013 for the Metal Hammer Golden God Awards 2013. The band’s cinematic thriller “Devil’s Night” has garnered nearly 2 million views and was noted as one of Revolver Magazine’s Top 10 Music Videos of 2012. Matching the musical elements with equally creative marketing and visual concepts, Motionless In White has constantly challenged the concept of “playing it safe”, and on Infamous, they deftly deploy their most dynamic and diverse tracks to date.

MOTIONLESS IN WHITE – TOUR DATES 2013

 

6/14 – UK – Download Festival w/ Slipknot, Rammstein, Korn, HIM, Iron Maiden, Queens Of The Stoneage, Stone Sour, Papa Roach, Motorhead, Alice In Chains

 

 

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL

 

6/29 – San Bernadino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheatre

6/30 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre

7/3 – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre

7/5 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ashley Furniture Homestore Pavilion

7/6 – Albuquerque, NM @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Amphitheatre

7/7 – Denver, CO @ Comfort Dental Amphitheatre

7/12 – Burgettstown, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion

7/13 – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank center

7/14 – Mansfield, MA @ Comcast Center

7/19 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live

7/20 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ SPAC

7/21 – Hartford, CT @ The Comcast Theatre

7/26 – Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center

7/27 – Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

7/28 – Clarkson, MIW @ DTE Energy Music Theatre

7/30 – Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheatre

7/31 – Tampa, FL @ 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre

8/2 – Austin, TX @ Tower Amphitheatre

8/3 – The Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

8/4 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion

Download Festival 2013- Anarchy in the UK!

Anyone want to head to the U.K. in June?
Slipknot, Rammstein, and Iron Maiden made their announcements to participate in Download Festival 2013 earlier; Alice in Chains, Queens of the Stone Age, Motorhead, 30 Seconds to Mars, the Gaslight Anthem, HIM and A Day to Remember have all been added to the bill with more announcements to come.
If you have the inkling and want to head out check out the Download Festival Website here.

BROKEN HOPE Reunite on the Carnival of Death Tour

After 12 years, a sleeping death-metal monster praised by the likes of Slipknot, DevilDriver, The Black Dahlia Murder, Dying Fetus, Job For a Cowboy and more, has awoken from the bowels of Chicago. BROKEN HOPE is thrilled to announce not only their highly-anticipated comeback, but also their direct support position on the upcoming Carnival of Death tour, brought to you by Rock the Nation and sponsored by Fender. The new tour features headliners Obituary, as well as additional support from Decrepit Birth, Jungle Rot, and Encrust. Tour dates are scheduled to be announced very soon.

In a recent statement, BROKEN HOPE guitarists Jeremy Wagner and Shaun Glass stated, “For over a decade, we’ve listened to fans worldwide who’ve asked us to return. We’ve listened to our peers in bands who seen us at shows and said, “when is Broken Hope coming back?” Well, you have finally been heard, and frankly, we just miss it too goddamn much—the clubs, the metal, but especially you: the diehards, the most.

“We decided as a first step to return back to the place that always felt like home: the road! So we are proud to announce that this fall, BROKEN HOPE will join forces with OBITUARY and join the Carnival Of Death tour! This tour will solidify that extreme music is still alive and well, we are ready, focused, and hungry to show you what we have in stored for you all! Moreover, we cherish and promote the legacy of our fallen brother, vocalist Joe Ptacek, as we travel from show to show and honor him, he will not be forgotten. With this being said, we would like to introduce Damian Leski of Gorgasm on vocal duties, who will handle the tough task for the upcoming tours. Be ready to be “Swamped in Gore”!!!!”

BROKEN HOPE was formed in 1988 by guitarist/chief-lyricist, Jeremy Wagner, while he was in high school. In 1991, after releasing two demo tapes, BROKEN HOPE secured a recording contract with an independent record label which released Swamped In Gore worldwide. Swamped In Gore was the first death-metal album to ever be recorded digitally. By 1993, BROKEN HOPE quickly signed to Metal Blade Records and released four albums: The Bowels of Repugnance, Repulsive Conception, Loathing, and the Metal Blade re-release of Swamped In Gore. The band’s third album, 1995’s Repulsive Conception, reached CMJ New Music Monthly’s Metal Top 25 chart, as did the follow-up, 1997’s Loathing.

The first four albums during the Metal Blade years are great examples of BROKEN HOPE’s original fury and they are the albums that etched BROKEN HOPE’S place in death-metal history. The first ten years of BROKEN HOPE’s existence were filled with non-stop writing, touring, and constant visibility with these albums. By the end of the ‘90’s, BROKEN HOPE parted ways with Metal Blade and went through lineup changes. The band produced one last album before the decade closed, the 1999 release, Grotesque Blessings. After North American and European tours for the album and a few unsatisfactory line-up changes, the band went on hiatus in 2000.

On January 20, 2010, original BROKEN HOPE vocalist Joe Ptacek committed suicide. Before his death, Ptacek met with Jeremy Wagner and Shaun Glass to discuss the resurrection of BROKEN HOPE. A plan was in motion with these three members to make the band a functioning reality. After taking some time off after Ptacek’s death to reconsider their next moves, BROKEN HOPE signed with Hard Impact Management and Booking with the intention to make the band a full-time monster again. Now, BROKEN HOPE continues onward with main songwriters Jeremy Wagner and Shaun Glass keeping the beast alive…brutal as ever…and with live tour dates worldwide.

Hopefully the Carnival of Death Tour will come our way in Pittsburgh…we will keep you posted with dates as soon as they are released.

To learn more about BROKEN HOPE and the upcoming Carnival of Death tour, please visit www.brokenhope.com.

More ROCKSTAR MAYHEM FESTIVAL Contests Announced

The 2012 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL is offering more chances for fans to win special contests and take part in free giveaways this year:

2012 festival performer Clown of headlining band SLIPKNOT is known worldwide for intimidating crowds by using his baseball bat to bludgeon kegs on stage as part of the band’s performances. Now, fans can take home part of the band’s signature stage spectacle in conjunction with a new ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL contest; fans will enter to win a SLIPKNOT fan’s prize of a lifetime—an exclusive autographed, Clown-beaten keg to call their own. Contest details will vary in each market, so interested fans should check their local listings and radio station announcements for more contest details.

Another amazing contest has just been announced, giving fans the chance to win a guitar or bass straight from the hands of SLAYER. Very simple—again, fans should simply check their local listings and radio station announcements in conjunction with ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL for more contest details.

Additionally, the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL is offering a great giveaway deal right now, presenting fans with FREE music. Fans can get NINE free songs from iTunes featuring bands playing the festival this summer, including SLIPKNOT, ANTHRAX, MOTORHEAD, AS I LAY DYING, ASKING ALEXANDRIA, WHITECHAPEL, HIGH ON FIRE, UPON A BURNING BODY, and I, THE BREATHER! To learn more about the giveaway, head to this location: http://rockstarmayhemfest.com/itunes-download

For more information on the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL, visit www.rockstarmayhemfest.com.

Slipknot Announce Knotfest’

Hot off of Revolver Magazine’s Press: “Slipknot have officially announced the first installment of their very own music festival, Knotfest. The festival will take place over two days, the first being August 17 in Iowa and the second being August 18 in Somerset, on the border of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

“It’s all about having fun and bringing something to the world of rock & roll, bringing it to the standard it used to be,” Slipknot’s Shawn “Clown” Crahan recently told Rolling Stone. “It’s time for us to really engulf this idea known as Knotfest where we’re in control, we make a day devoted to our mindset, our ideas, the people that we want to play with, the people that we think our fans want to be around.”

Joining the band for the inaugural edition of Knotfest will be a stellar lineup including: Lamb of God, Deftones, Dethklok, Serj Tankian, Cannibal Corpse and more.

According to Rolling Stone, the festival will also include “big-top tents, pillars of fire, amusement park rides, burlesque performers, firebreathers, stilt walkers, drum circles made of junkyard cars and graffiti walls,” and a Slipknot museum to top it all off.”

Slipknot to Release Greatest Hits but Nothing New…Yet

While we patiently await the return of Slipknot to Pittsburgh on the Rockstar Mayhem Festival July 28- it appears that we will have to be patient for any new material from the band. The next release from Slipknot will be ‘Antennas to Hell‘ slated for release July 17. According to singer Corey Taylor via Twitter, “11 days till the meaning of HoGaB is revealed. And I believe 7.17.12 is when the Slipknot greatest hits album drops.
To anyone asking, Slipknot is not currently working on an album. Yet. We are putting together demos, but we’re not recording. Yet.”

Sounds promising there will be new material at some point. The question, as always, is when.

No news (yet) on tracks for the greatest hits pacakage. Stay tuned to Pittsburgh Music Magazine for more as soon as it is released and look for us at Mayhem on July 28 (free PMM tees? Hmm…)

MAYHEM FESTIVAL Announces VIP Charity Ticket Auctions

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The 5th Annual ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL, the country’s largest touring heavy music festival experience, is proud to announce the 2012 VIP Charity Ticket Auction that will put fans onstage with their favorite bands. Proceeds will benefit Metal of Honor and Living The Dream Foundation.

Beginning Thursday, May 17, 2012 and running for ten-days, fans can bid on eBay for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to receive two (2) VIP passes to the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL. In addition, the top bidder and their guest will watch their favorite band perform from the best seats in the house: ONSTAGE! They will also receive: Level 1 premium reserved seats OR General Admission ‘Pit’ tickets, a backstage guided tour to see the “inner workings” of a large scale concert festival (who knows who you’ll meet?), all-day access to the Rockstar Energy Drink VIP Lounge, a one-of-a-kind ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL custom artwork drum head autographed by all members of one (1) of their favorite bands on the tour, and front-of-the-line access to all band signings.

The ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL eBay ticket auctions will begin on Thursday, May 17, 2012, at 8:30 p.m. PST, CST and EST, when 26 pairs of tickets with accompanying VIP credentials for all 26 festival dates will be posted to eBay as TEN-Day Auctions. Fans interested in bidding on these very special ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL VIP tickets and credentials can access the eBay ticket auctions from the Metal of Honor Charity Auction Button at www.rockstarmayhemfest.com or by searching for “MAYHEM Charity” on http://www.eBay.com.

The 5th annual ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL will make a 27 date trek across the U.S. beginning on June 30th at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California. The tour line-up features SLIPKNOT, SLAYER, and MOTÖRHEAD on the main stage as well as a ferocious rotation of today’s best artists, including THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, AS I LAY DYING and ASKING ALEXANDRIA. This year the JAGERMEISTER STAGE will feature a special headline set by ANTHRAX, supported by a rotation of THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, AS I LAY DYING and ASKING ALEXANDRIA, along with WHITECHAPEL, HIGH ON FIRE and the JAGERMEISTER opener.

Shawn Economaki No Longer with Stone Sour


Corey Taylor announced yesterday via twitter:
“As some of you might have heard but I’ll confirm it: Shawn Economaki is no longer with Stone Sour. We wish him luck in the future.”

Economaki had been absent during their last tour due to personal reasons. Apparently, Jim Root (guitarist) let it slip via Instagram in a picture with an unidentified bassist. The new Stone Sour release is set for October 2012. Catch Root and Taylor performing with Slipknot during Rockstar Mayhem Festival this summer.

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL Backstage BBQ Contest


Sirius XM Liquid Metal, the heaviest music channel on the planet, is pleased to give one lucky fan the chance to win a killer grand prize: a backstage BBQ and full party bus for you and 21 of your friends to the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL nearest you (Pittsburgh is July 28). The contest begins on May 3rd and ends on May 30th.

Enter online at www.siriusxm.com/liquidmetal to score a pair of VIP passes to one of the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL stops this summer featuring face melting performances from SLIPKNOT, SLAYER, ANTHRAX, MOTORHEAD, AS I LAY DYING, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA and more.

From this pool of first prize winners, one lucky soul will land the GRAND PRIZE and get a complete rock star treatment from beginning to end, complete with party bus picking and dropping off you and your friends from your house, taking you to the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL nearby, having a backstage BBQ thrown in your honor hosted by Sirius XM host Jose Mangin & DJ’ed by SID from SLIPKNOT.

Also, the GRAND PRIZE winner will be brought up on stage (before ANTHRAX) and presented with a customized Sirius XM / Mayhem platinum record plaque to commemorate one of the greatest days of your metallic life.

For more information on the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL, visit www.rockstarmayhemfest.com