The drummer left the group at the end of 2013
Slipknot‘s Joey Jordision has revealed that he did not quit the band.
It was revealed last month that the drummer had parted ways with the group, citing “personal reasons” as the motivation behind his departure. However, Jordison has now released a statement, via Metal Hammer, in which he states he did not “abandon” the group. He wrote: “To my fans, friends, and associates… 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.”
He went on to say that he was “blindsided” by his exit from the group, but that he could not give away any more details concerning his departure. “This news has shocked and blindsided me as much as it has all of you,” he continued. “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.”
At the end of last year, Corey Taylor of Slipknot spoke to Minneapolis radio station 93x about Jordison leaving the band, commenting: “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.”
Taylor concluded: “I know the fans are chomping at the bit, it’s just we can’t really say anything right now. It sucks for them and it sucks for us because we have always really prided ourselves in being able to come out and honest with everybody, but there’s really nothing we can say right now.”
In June 2013, Slipknot dropped hints that they will be returning with new material in the near future as they headlined the opening night of Download Festival. The band’s last album ‘All Hope Is Gone’ was released in 2008 before bassist Paul Gray’s death, and they have never confirmed that they will be recording another LP.