According to MTV.com, SLIPKNOT dedicated its new two-disc DVD, "(sic)nesses", to the band's late bassist Paul Gray, who was found dead in an Iowa hotel room on May 24 after an "accidental" overdose of morphine and fentanyl.
"Paul Dedrick Gray, No. 2, was one of the founding members of our band. SLIPKNOT was everything Paul ever wanted and needed. He lived and breathed SLIPKNOT to its fullest potential every day," reads a lengthy message in the DVD's liner notes. "He also loved each and every fan of the band. The maggots were everything to him ... Paul was the type of person who would help keep you in check. He would do everything he could to keep the band's closeness in tact. He'd even give you the shirt off his back, with no questions asked."
The message goes on to praise Gray not only as "a musical genius," but also as "a great son, brother, [and] husband," and promises that, though he may be gone, SLIPKNOT will never truly forget his contributions to the band, which extended far beyond the music.
"The times we shared with him over the last 15 years are irreplaceable and unforgettable," the message reads. "We wake up every day and still it's hard to comprehend that one of our brothers has fallen. Life is not the same and never will be the same, nor will the band. Not a day will go by where we won't say his name.
"This is in remembrance of one of the greatest musicians, songwriters, and friends that we eight have ever had the pleasure to know.
"Paul, we know you're out there and we know you will be with us forever. We love you, we miss you and there are no other words to explain this void ... Thank you for everything you were, and everything you gave us in this life. Until we meet again, brother."
SLIPKNOT has confirmed three special screenings of percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan's "director's cut" of "(sic)nesses" in New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago. Clown himself will attend the New York City showing, making it a very special event definitely not to be missed. New York and Chicago will take place on September 27 while L.A. will be happening on release day, September 28. All three screenings will be free to the public, but space is limited so make sure to get there early to ensure that you won't miss out. There will be special giveaways throughout the night at all three events.
New York City:
Monday Sept. 27 - 8:00 p.m.
Anthology Film Archives - Clown Attending
32 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003
Monday Sept. 27 - 9:00 p.m.
1901 W. Belmont Ave (entrance on Wolcott*)
Chicago, IL 60657
Tuesday Sept. 28 - 8:00 p.m.
Echo Park Film Center
1200 N Alvarado St (@ Sunset Blvd.)
Los Angeles, CA 90026
"(sic)nesses" will land on retail shelves on September 28 via Roadrunner. The set captures SLIPKNOT's unforgettably electric headlining performance at U.K.'s Download festival, where the group brought the venue to its knees with a performance that'll put viewers in the front row, butted up against the barricade, surrounded by thousands of fans losing their minds to their favorite band. Additionally, the DVD features several riveting extras including a 45-minute film, music videos and much more.
"(sic)nesses" features the following track listing:
04. Wait and Bleed
05. Get This
06. Before I Forget
08. The Blister Exists
09. Dead Memories
10. Left Behind
13. Everything Ends
18. Spit it Out
* "Audible Visions Of (sic)nesses" - 45-minute film directed by M. Shawn Crahan that captures SLIPKNOT on the road during the "All Hope Is Gone" cycle
02. Dead Memories