Slipknot’s Corey Taylor praises new band members Jay Weinberg and Alessandro ‘Vman’ Venturella

Frontman speaks openly about new drummer and bass player in interview with Chris Jericho

Corey Taylor of Slipknot has spoken about the band’s new members for the first time, confirming their identities and praising their integration into the band.

Slipknot were left two members down prior to recording their latest album, ‘.5: The Gray Chapter’, following the death of bassist Paul Gray and departure of drummer Joey Jordison. Initially the two replacements were not named, until a member of the band’s backstage crew unoficially posted their identity on Instagram following their debut gigs with the band.

On drums is former Against Me! drummer Jay Weinberg, son of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg, while on bass is Alessandro ‘Vman’ Venturella, a former guitarist for British band Krokodil and guitar tech for Mastodon.

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Speaking about the metal band’s recent additions, frontman Taylor said: “It’s been cool to watch them come out of their shells” adding that “at first, they weren’t sure how far to go. I mean, that’s the respect level… They’re so respectful and they dig what we’re doing so much that they don’t wanna cross any boundaries. But they’re having a really good time. So we were like, ‘Let’s step it up. It’s time. It’s time. Start to get into it.'”

In the interview with WWE wrestler Chris Jericho’s for his Talk Is Jericho podcast, Taylor was full of praise for the new additions. “Alex, our bass player, he’s so into it that he’s started to kind of come up to the front, really started to own it. Jay’s just started to take it up. And, yeah, man, it’s been really good. So every show has just gotten consistently better and better and better. Last night, we hadn’t played in seven weeks, and we went on stage and, I mean, we could stop on a dime. It was incredible! And I’m talking about three songs that we hadn’t played live — we had just rehearsed [them] a couple of times — and, dude, it was on!”

As for Weinberg, joining Slipknot is a lifelong dream.

As Taylor explained: “It’s kind of cool, the way it all came together. ‘Cause we didn’t try out a lot of people. I mean, honestly, Jay was the only dude we tried out; he worked so well. He’s been a fan since he was eight years old.”