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Slipknot promise to play ‘biggest and most emotional’ shows ever this summer.

Slipknot promise to play 'biggest and most emotional' shows ever this summer.

Slipknot promise to play 'biggest and most emotional' shows ever this summer.

The ‘Spit It Out’ group will return to performing for the first time since bassist Paul Grey died of a drugs overdose last May, and although they admit it will be hard without him, they will put their all into their shows.

Percussionist Shawn Crahan said:”I’ll be in tears before I even hit the first stair. And I need it very much – and we need it. So I’m looking forward to it, but it’s gonna be very hard.”

Drummer Joey Jordison added: “I’ve been in rehearsal over the last few weeks with our new bass player, Donnie Steele, and my feeling is that these will probably be the biggest and most emotional shows that we’ve ever had.

“I’m just speaking for myself and the rest of the band that we can’t wait. Everything’s on fire right now.”

The pair also confirmed they are hoping the group will continue, write more material and release a fifth album after the tour is done.

Shawn said: “Do I want another Slipknot record? Absolutely. I’m not a fortune teller. Do I know if that will happen? I don’t know.”
Joey added: “As far as I’m concerned, yeah. I personally have, now- I don’t know, probably over 17 songs.”

Slipknot will headline the Sonisphere festival, which takes place in various countries across Europe, this summer.

Slipknot reveal Paul Gray replacement and tribute t-shirt.

Slipknot reveal Paul Gray replacement and tribute t-shirt.

Slipknot reveal Paul Gray replacement and tribute t-shirt.

Slipknot have announced a touring bassist to replaced the late Paul Gray, and also revealed a tribute t-shirt. The metal monsters announced that Donnie Steele will be wearing Gray’s number two for their forthcoming European shows. They wrote ‘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.

‘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.’

They have also joined forces with charity MusicCares to reveal a tribute teeshirt to honour Gray’s legacy. It features Gray’s number two on the front and a photo on the back.

It is available to purchase at the MusicCares shop.

Iron Maiden and Bullet For My Valentine to go head-to-head at Metal Hammer Golden God Awards

Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden and Bullet For My Valentine will go head-to-head in the Best UK Band category at this year’s Metal Hammer Golden God Awards. The bands face competition from Skindred, Architects and Bring Me The Horizon to win the coveted prize, which is voted for by readers of Metal Hammer magazine.

Publisher Chris Ingham revealed he was ‘thrilled’ to honour the rock legends with the nominations, which come in the magazine’s 25th year.

He said: ‘A whole quarter of a century ago, Metal Hammer magazine began and in that time we’ve worked with some of the biggest and best names in metal and rock music.

‘Some of those names will be joining us for the Metal Hammer Golden Gods and, whether they’re icons or rising stars, their tireless efforts to stay true to the most loyal fanbase around is a massive achievement and one we are thrilled to honour.’

In the Best International Band list, Avenged Sevenfold will take on Dimmu Borgir, Down, Children of Bodom and Stone Sour, while Machine Head, Cancer Bats, Rob Zombie, Skindred and Devildriver are all nominated in the Best Live Band Category.

The awards will be presented on June 13, 2011 at London’s IndigO2.

Best International Band:
Avenged Sevenfold
Dimmu Borgir
Stone Sour
Children Of Bodom
Down

Best UK Band sponsored by Roadrunner:
Iron Maiden
Bring Me The Horizon
Skindred
Architects
Bullet For My Valentine

Best Live Band:
Cancer Bats
Devildriver
Rob Zombie
Skindred
Machine Head

Best New Band:
The Defiled
Kvelertak
Tesseract
The Damned Things
Letlive

Best Underground:
Watain
Kylesa
Primordial
The Dead Lay Waiting
Clutch

Best Breakthrough Parkway Drive:
A Day To Remember
Sylosis
Sabaton
Volbeat

Shredder(s) sponsored by Blackstar:
Gus G (Firewind, Ozzy Osbourne)

Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge)
Alexi Laiho (Children Of Bodom)
Mark Rizzo (Cavalera Conspiracy, Soulfly, Il Nino)
Synyster Gates (Avenged Sevenfold)

Metal As F**k:
Slayer
Behemoth
Slipknot
Zakk Wylde
Deftones

Event of the Year sponsored by Alchemy:
Rob Zombie’s return
Manowar’s return
System Of A Down reforming
The Big 4 UK announcement
Beavis And Butthead’s resurrection

Corey Taylor seemingly spells the end for Slipknot.

Corey Taylor seemingly spells the end for Slipknot.

Corey Taylor seemingly spells the end for Slipknot.

Stone Sour and Slipknot singer Corey Taylor tells Undercover that he is ‘tentative’ and “uncertain” about the future of Slipknot following the death of bassist Paul Gray last year. Taylor spoke about Stone Sour as his first love. During the conversation, Taylor began referring to Slipknot in the past tense, saying ‘With Slipknot, I mean, I’m very proud of what I did with Slipknot. And obviously, I’m close with those guys, but it’s completely different. It was a band that joined later and I, honestly, in a lot of ways, never really felt connected to it for whatever reason; it might have been me, it might have been them. I cast no aspersions on anyone but that’s just the dynamic.’ When questioned about the way he was talking about Slipknot in the past tense, he asserted, ‘t’s not the same, obviously, is it? I mean, it’s never gonna be the same, so there’s no way I can look at it any differently than that.’ We asked how much forthcoming Stone Sour and Slipknot music will be affected by Gray’s passing, he clearly noted: ‘f it happens. if it happens.’ He confirmed, ‘There’ll definitely be new Stone Sour music,’ but with Slipknot, he says, ‘there’s such a huge piece missing now – a piece that the fans can’t even understand. ‘Honestly, it drives me nuts trying to explain it to them,” he says. “I mean, Paul always was that unconscious, almost lynchpin that held everything together and he had such a great mind for the music that we created that without him, I don’t see it happening very soon, let’s put it that way. ‘f we do, it’s gonna be way down the line, and it’s gonna be when everyone’s ready. Because there are other things in the band that are affecting things right now.” Corey specified that the uncertainty of Slipknot’s future isn’t necessarily solely about the greiving process. He said, ‘t’s not even about that. It’s individual issues, let’s put it that way, and that’s all I’ll say about it.’ ‘Obviously, we’re doing these shows in the summer at Sonisphere and that’s pretty much gonna be us dipping a toe in the water to see what happens. To me, it’s baby steps. I think everybody’s racing ahead without realising that we kind of have to pick ourselves up first. ‘Everyone needs to be realistic about it and it seems like I’m the only one who’s being realistic. And it’s a heavy responsibility to be the guy who is kind of coming off as the doomsayer But at the end of the day, that’s respect. I’m not just racing right ahead and going, ‘Oh yeah, we’re gonna go!’ I lost my brother last year, and people need to understand that and respect it before I start getting all ‘hip, hip hooray’ about everything.’ Taylor has been strong and positive in other recent interviews about Gray’s death, but he confirms that his feelings fluctuate ‘a little bit’. ‘ mean, it’s always going to, y’know’ he says, ‘There’s not a part of me that’s very happy about jumping up on stage without Paul; it’s gonna be very, very weird. ‘f I’m cautious, it’s because I respect what we’ve done, and I respect him and I respect his memory. I think too many people are just ready for us to kind of rush past that, and that’s not how the healing process works, and it’s never a good thing to do that. I’m tentative. I’m hoping it goes well. But I’m also gonna be realistic, I’m gonna be pragmatic and that’s just the way I am.’

Dananananaykroyd return with free download and tour dates.

Dananananaykroyd return with free download and tour dates.

Dananananaykroyd return with free download and tour dates.

Having taken a well-earned break and headed to Los Angeles to record their second album with Ross Robinson (At The Drive-in, Blood Brothers, Slipknot) Dananananaykroyd return on absolutely unstoppable form with a free download of brand new track ‘E Numbers’, available now from their Facebook page.

Following from the unhinged, pop-laced, twelve-legged joy of their debut album ‘Hey Everyone’, the band have honed their song writing and are now preparing to release a truly remarkable follow-up that more than delivers on the promise sown by their first outing.

The first taster from their sessions with Ross Robinson gets its first spin on Radio 1 this Monday evening, but the band are allowing fans to hear ‘E Numbers’ exclusively from their Facebook page today as they head out on their first tour of the year, taking Kid Adrift with them.

 Dananananaykroyd – E Numbers by WorkItMedia

And catch them on tour from this evening at the following venues:

February
Fri 25th Middlesborough Uncle Alberts
Sat 26th Dundee Doghouse
Sun 27th Aberdeen Cafe Drummond

March
Tue 1st Cambridge Haymakers
Wed 2nd Southampton Joiners
Fri 4th Sheffield The Harley
Sat 5th Liverpool The Shipping Forecast

Slipknot singer set to front Velvet Revolver

Slipknot singer set to front Velvet Revolver

Slipknot singer set to front Velvet Revolver

Slipknot and Stone Sour singer Corey Taylor could be the mystery man fronting rock supergroup Velvet Revolver.

The rumour that he is the ‘known singer’ that is working with the band was put to him during an interview with Billboard.

Taylor reportedly said, ‘To be continued!’ which was followed by ‘a long, hearty laugh.’

Velvet Revolver consists of Gunners exiles Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, Wasted Youth’s Dave Kushner and, until 2008, Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland.

The band was to reconvene this year following McKagan’s brief stint in Jane’s Addiction and Slash’s solo album.

They apparently have nine demos ready and have been rehearsing with a ‘younger and stronger’ singer, according to Sorum.

The band plan to release their third album this year, their first since 2007′s Libertad.

Slipknot singer Corey Taylor releases charity Christmas single

Slipknot singer Corey Taylor releases charity Christmas single

Slipknot singer Corey Taylor releases charity Christmas single

Slipknot singer Corey Taylor releases charity Christmas single. Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour fame has gone festive. Taylor has released a Christmas song. The track ‘X-Mas’ features the seasonal lyrics, ‘if I ain’t drunk, then it ain’t Christmas, you know where to stick those jingle bells, if I ain’t hammered it ain’t Hanukah, and all you Mother F*ckers can go to hell’. It is all for a good cause. Proceeds from the song will go to the Teenage Cancer Trust. It has been a rough year for Slipknot. Bass player Paul Gray was found dead in an Iowa hotel room in May. The official cause of death was revealed to be from an accidental overdose of morphine and fentanyl.

Slipknot still ‘considering their future’ after Paul Gray’s death

Slipknot still 'considering their future' after Paul Gray's death

Slipknot still 'considering their future' after Paul Gray's death

Slipknot still ‘considering their future’ after Paul Gray’s death. Corey Taylor says ‘it’s too soon’ to predict the band’s future. Slipknot are still considering their future after the recent death of bassist Paul Gray. Singer Corey Taylor has admitted that, although the band are talking, it is still unclear whether they will carry on in the wake of Gray’s death. “It’s too soon right now, but we’re still talking, all of us are talking and everthing’s good but we’ll see,” he told Zane Lowe.  His words echo guitarist Jim Roots, who recently revealed the band were in mourning and their future is undecided. Gray, who passed away in May, was the victim of a lethal combination of morphine and the narcotic painkiller fentanyl – both injectable substances.   Taylor is currently recording a new album ‘Audio Secrecy’ – due for release on September 7 – with his other band Stone Sour in Nashville, but told ZaneLowe.com that sessions were disrupted by the recent floods in the area, which left over 30 people dead. “The floods hit midway through and I wasn’t even in Nashville,” he said. “Nobody called me, nobody told me and I was catching a flight back with my wife and we stopped off in Memphis. We ran over to a TV and there were aerial shots of the Grand Ole Opry just decimated.” He continued: “We got back to Nashville and it was flooded around the house, but it wasn’t really affected. But all the neighbourhoods were and it was just crazy. I’m driving by and people are literally in boats paddling into their houses.”

Sam Clark’s already made it to No 1 in Australia.

Sam Clark's already made it to No 1 in Australia.

Sam Clark's already made it to No 1 in Australia.

Sam Clark’s already made it to No 1 in Australia.  Now he wants to conquer the UK charts too, and who could blame him?  Sam’s song Broken made it to the top of the Australian physical singles chart without any radio play – all thanks to his fans.  The actor, who plays Ringo in the soap, told Last Broadcast of his plans to come to these shores. “I am hoping to come later this year – music’s coming with me for sure!” he said.  On his chart success in Oz he said: “I was stoked. It proved to me that hard work pays off and also got me very excited for the future. Fingers crossed radio comes on board and we can remain in that position for some time to come.”  Since joining Neighbours in 2006 as ‘Ringo Brown’ Sam Clark has become one of the most loved and recognizable characters on the long-running show. But  whilst acting is very important to him, Sam’s first love is music, and on November 13 Sam did release his debut single ‘Broken’.  Sam Clark has come a long way from his nation-wide Dolly Magazine audition
that landed him an initial 3 month contract on Neighbours. Now, at just 21  years of age, Sam has a Logie nomination and over 300 Neighbours episodes under his belt, and is ready to embark on a new journey that will see him enter a new phase of his career. Sam is a singer/songwriter/guitarist/keyboardist whose songs are beautifully melodic with thought-provoking lyrics. Music is not a new interest for Sam, who has been writing songs and playing guitar since the age of 15. Sam has a varied array of musical tastes and influences, sighting Birds of Tokyo, Bon Jovi, Cold Chisel, The Temper Tap, Slipknot, Jeff Buckley, David Gray and The Kooks, to name just a few.  “Music is what defines me. It’s the language I speak and how I communicate
best.”  More info………….

Slipknot hold press conference to pay tribute to Paul Gray

Slipknot hold press conference

Slipknot hold press conference

Slipknot have held a press conference to pay tribute to Paul Gray, who died on Monday (May 24), and you can see it by scrolling down. As previously reported, the group’s bassist was found dead in his hotel room in Des Moines, Iowa, aged 38. At the event the remaining members of the band appeared without masks, while Gray’s wife Brenna was also in attendance. In what was an emotional affair, the group shared their memories about their bandmate. “The only way I can sum up Paul Gray is love,” vocalist Corey Taylor said. “Paul Gray was the essence of the band Slipknot,” drummer Shawn Crahan commented. “Paul was there from the very very beginning and none of us would be on the path we’re on right now in life or have the sorts of lives we have without him.” Crahan added that Gray “Loved the fans” and that he was “going to be sadly missed and the world is going to be a different place without him.” Meanwhile, CNN have reported that “No signs of foul play or significant trauma” were found during the autopsy, with the cause of Gray’s death not set to be determined until toxicology results are returned, which will take between four and six weeks.

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