Launch Radio Networks reports: SLIPKNOT's Joey Jordison has been confirmed as the drummer for the touring lineup of MINISTRY, which will kick off a 60-date North American trek on May 6. It has been rumored for months that Jordison would take advantage of his time off this year to play with the industrial pioneers. Jordison had toured as a guest drummer with black metal band SATYRICON in late 2004, but told Launch that playing for MINISTRY is a different challenge. "When I did SATYRICON, that was more of, like, 'I'm a fan of that and I believe in the band, I'd like to, you know, get 'em out there, I'm friends with the guys and I'm a big, avid black metal fan,' he explained. "But this one is more, and again, this is a different style of music that I haven't really got into playing. I mean, I have, but this will be a big thing."Jordison was also recently approached to play a few dates with ANTHRAX, and famously sat in for METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich when the drummer fell ill and could not make it to a massive U.K. festival in the summer of 2004. MINISTRY's new album, "Rio Grande Blood", will arrive on May 2. SLIPKNOT went on hiatus at the end of 2005 after nearly 18 months on the road in support of its third album, 2004's "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)". SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root are now recording the second album from their other band, STONE SOUR, while percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan will make a new album with his side project, TO MY SURPRISE.
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