andPOP, an online news and pop culture content publication based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, has uploaded a previously unreleased interview with SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray. According to the web site, "Given the recent events, we felt it was appropriate to share our amazing time with Paul. We learned from this interview that Paul was a really humble and articulate guy. We also learned that he loved playing for SLIPKNOT, loved his family, but sometimes got tired of wearing his mask on stage!"
Watch the five-minute chat below.
Private funeral services for Gray were held on May 28 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Paul was found dead in a hotel room in a Des Moines suburb on May 24. The cause of Gray's death has not been determined, although according to a 911 call, a hypodermic needle and pills were found near the 38-year-old musician's body.
The eight surviving members of SLIPKNOT held a news conference on May 25 at Wells Fargo Arena in the band's native stomping grounds of Des Moines, Iowa to address Gray's death. Also present at the event was Gray's brother Tony and widow Brenna, who spoke briefly at the end of the conference.
"He was everything that was wonderful about this band and about this group of people," frontman Corey Taylor said. "The only way I can sum up Paul Gray is 'love.' Everything he did, he did for everyone around him whether he knew you or not ... and that's what he's left behind for us: absolute love. I will miss him with every fiber of my heart, as will everybody at this table and everyone who knew him. He was the best of us."
"It's very important that everybody on the outside of us understands that Paul Gray was the essence of the band SLIPKNOT. ... Paul was there from the very, very beginning, and none of us would be on the path that we're on now in life or have the sorts of life that we have without him," percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan added. "Paul loved the fans. He was kind of the person in the band that really wanted everybody in the band to always get along and just concentrate on the band. He was a really great friend and a really great person. He's going to be sadly missed, and the world is going to be a different place without him."
"It's very hard for me right now," added drummer Joey Jordison. "I just want to say that I love you, Paul, very much. You'll be sorely missed by the world over."
Sid Wilson, the band's DJ, credited Gray with introducing him to the band, which he described as a family.
"To me, that's the most important thing," Wilson said. "That in everyone he met there was a change in their life. He was so good at giving everyone a different perspective, and I love him for that."
Percussionist Chris Fehn said when Gray called "you just felt good," and he remembered the bass player as giving "the best hugs out of everyone I ever hugged. When he grabbed on to you, you could feel the love he had for you."
Brenna Gray spoke last, mentioning the couple's unborn child while discussing her husband.
"Paul was my husband, an amazing person, and I want people to remember him for that," Brenna said. "And his daughter will remember him for the way he was."
Paul and his wife were reportedly expecting their first child in September.
(Thanks: Les Connelly)