On Saturday, Slipknot will kick off The Rockstar Mayhem Festival with Slayer and Motörhead at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, CA. Drummer Joey Jordison says that while Slipknot founding member, guitarist Donnie Steele, will be filling in for late bassist Paul Gray on the tour, fans shouldn’t expect to see him perform in front of the crowd.
“[Steele] is not allowed onstage, no f**king way,” Jordison tells U.K. magazine Terrorizer. “He is behind the stage and he does a great job. We are nine people and we, unfortunately, lost one. We can never replace Paul, but that's why I brought Donnie into the band. He is really cool guy and very mellow.”
Jordison added that he’s “written and recorded 40 songs” for the band’s next studio album, and that the forthcoming release will be their “deepest” and “most celebrated record.”
“The journey is that we are trying to live our lives, just like everyone else is trying to live theirs,” notes the drummer. “We all have weird s**t in our lives and a lot of our songs reflect that. On the next record, we will be exorcising, getting out a lot of the crap that I think, personally, we have held in too much, against each other."
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