One of the biggest musical shakeups of the last five years or so in metal was when Joey Jordison left Slipknot. There aren’t really that many drummers at the forefront of their band (Mike Portnoy, Tommy Lee, maybe Brann Dailor), and his skill made him likely the most-mentioned member of the band after Corey Taylor. At any rate, while Jordison said that he’d left the band because of a condition called transverse myelitis that he’s since beat, there’s been some back and forth regarding whether or not he left or was pushed from the band.
Shortly after Jordison left, he stated that he didn’t quit the band. In an interview with Examiner, he repeated that and elaborated on it, stating that one Slipknot member visited him in the hospital and he was out right after that.
The thing is, I got visited in the hospital by one member of the band when they all knew I was in there … and next thing you know, I got exited from the band. And I don’t know why. I don’t understand what the deal was.
“There’s been a bunch of rumors and stuff like, you know, why it was, and it is absolutely untrue … but it’s okay. Life takes you down weird paths .. I came back right after I got through with this, and I came back, and I did the festivals, and I killed it.
“I didn’t quit Slipknot. I would never have quit Slipknot, ever. I just want the fans to know that. It’s important for everyone to know that.”
There’s still a lot of conjecture out there. The band hasn’t given an official explanation, and there was an allegation about drug use being behind his exit from the band. That hasn’t been confirmed by anyone, but Kris Norris didn’t really do Jordison any favors in a statement he gave about leaving Jordison’s post-‘Knot band Vimic.
[via Metal Sucks]