Slipknot ended 2013 with a major surprise by announcing they parted ways with drummer Joey Jordison. While little was revealed regarding the split at the time, Jordison has kicked off 2014 by sharing his side of the story. More specifically, the drummer is saying that he did not quit Slipknot.
In a statement posted Wednesday evening (January 1) via Facebook, Jordison spoke out for the very first time since his departure from Slipknot was announced, saying the following:
“To my fans, friends, and associates…
I would like to start the New Year by addressing the recent rumors and speculation regarding my departure from Slipknot. I want to make it very clear that I DID NOT QUIT SLIPKNOT. This band has been my life for the last 18 years, and I would never abandon it, or my fans. This news has shocked and blindsided me as much as it has all of you. While there is much I would like to say, I must remain silent to further details at this time. I would like to thank you all for your unwavering love and support, and wish everyone a very happy and healthy New Year.
Jordison’s statement comes a few days after his former bandmate Corey Taylor took to Twitter to say “For those who think The Knot are falling apart, you are greatly and sadly mistaken. Bring On 2014. Great Things Are Coming. Stay Tuned…” Previously, we only knew that the drummer’s material won’t be heard on the new album. However, Jordison now makes it pretty clear that the split was not amicable. And considering how adamant he had been about recording a new album following Paul Gray’s death (despite maintaining focus on his own project Scar The Martyr), it’s not surprising to hear that Jordison wasn’t the one who initiated his departure from Slipknot. It’s also a safe bet that this isn’t the last we’ve heard from Jordison about being kicked out of Slipknot.