March 23, 2011 21:00

Slipknot's Corey Taylor 'scared to death' about playing without Paul Gray

Singer says he is 'nowhere near prepared' for summer tour

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Slipknot's Corey Taylor has said he's "scared to death" at the prospect of playing live with the band again.

The frontman has said he feels frightened when he thinks about performing without late bassist Paul Gray, who died of a suspected overdose last June.

Slipknot are due to play their first show without Gray on June 17 in Athens. Taylor told Kerrang! that he was "nowhere near prepared for the emotion that's going to happen."

He added: "That first show is going to be the test. That tour is going to be a test. It's going to be very hard."

Taylor also spoke of his struggle to deal with Gray's passing. "It's still reverberating through my life," he explained. "Every day something reminds me and I still can't fucking handle it."

The band recently announced that Donnie Steele, who played with Slipknot when they formed in 1996, would act as Gray's replacement for their summer live dates.

Slipknot are set to headline the Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth Park on July 10 and will play several other European festivals.

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