Slipknot announce Paul Gray’s replacement

Founding member rejoins band for summer tour

Slipknot have recruited a temporary member to play bass at their forthcoming live shows.

Donnie Steele, a founding member of the band who left in 1996, will play live on their summer tour. He’s been brought in to fill the gap left by Paul Gray, who died in May last year.

The masked metallers said in a statement: “Donnie was in the band at the very beginning, and rather than get an outsider we thought it would be a fitting tribute to Paul to play with someone from within the family.”

They added: “Donnie was great friends with Paul, and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate his memory than with someone who was there with us at the very beginning. The eight of us are looking forward to being onstage again and honouring Paul‘s legacy.”

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Slipknot have one date scheduled in the UK for 2011 – a headline slot at July’s Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth Park. The band’s first show with Steele will be in Athens on June 17.

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