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Joey Jordison — drummer helped found Slipknot


DES MOINES, Iowa — Joey Jordison, a founding member of Slipknot, who drummed for the influentia­l metal band in its most popular period and helped write many of its bestknown songs, died last Monday at age 46, his family said.

“We are heartbroke­n to share the news that Joey Jordison, prolific drummer, musician and artist passed away peacefully in his sleep,” his family said in a statement. “Joey’s death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescriba­ble sorrow.“

No cause or place of death was provided.

Jordison grew up in Des Moines, the eldest of three children, and began playing drums at age 8. He was already a veteran of the city’s metal scene when he founded the band that would become Slipknot in 1995, along with percussion­ist Shawn Crahan and bassist Paul Gray.

The three talked plans and concepts for the band in sessions at the gas station where Jordison worked. They would name the group after one of their early songs.

The group would become known for its rousing, epic live shows, with its nine members wearing masks and sinister costumes and creating a huge, sweeping sound that, like other metal bands of the era, included elements of hiphop.

Jordison often wore a white mask with black paint drippings and a crown of thorns when he performed.

Buzz grew through touring, including showsteali­ng appearance­s on the Ozzfest tour, and the band broke through to internatio­nal popularity with its 1999 selftitled album. That was followed by the even more popular 2001 album “Iowa.”

Slipknot would become one of the bands credited with keeping hard rock alive and vital in the late 1990s and early 2000s, with grungeera bands aging and fading.

Jordison was dismissed from the band in 2013. He later said it was because he had transverse myelitis, a neurologic­al condition that left him unable to play.

His family said there will be a private funeral.

 ?? Frazer Harrison / Getty Images 2010 ?? Joey Jordison left influentia­l metal band Slipknot in 2013.
Frazer Harrison / Getty Images 2010 Joey Jordison left influentia­l metal band Slipknot in 2013.

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