SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison told the Artisan News Service in an interview on the "black carpet" at last week's Revolver Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles (see video below) that the band will carry on "with or without" singer Corey Taylor, who has expressed ambivalence about making another album with the group.
SLIPKNOT's upcoming European festival shows will be the band's first since the death last May of bassist Paul Gray, and Jordison explained, "Honestly, those are gonna be some of the most amazing shows. And I think certain people will wise up after that."
When asked if he was concerned that Taylor has admitted in recent interviews that he was still unsure that going back out and performing live without Gray is the right thing to do, Jordison said, "You know what?! That's for him to answer. As far as I'm concerned, SLIPKNOT's my baby and I have a bunch of [new] songs written. And I'm in rehearsal right now with all the guys and it's completely on fire. Donnie's [Steele, a guitarist from an early lineup of SLIPKNOT who will act as the band's touring bassist for the upcoming shows] doing a great job. And as far as SLIPKNOT's concerned, it'll always exist — with [Corey] or without him. So that's it."
Percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan, also interviewed at the event, said about the upcoming concerts, "I'll be in tears before I even hit the first stair. And I need it very much — and we need it. So I'm looking forward to it, but it's gonna be very hard."
As for whether they see another SLIPKNOT album in their future, Crahan said, "Do I want another SLIPKNOT record? Absolutely. I'm not a fortune teller, so I can't promise anybody anything . . . Do I want one? Yes. Do I know (if that will happen)? I don't know."
In a December 2010 interview with the Artisan News Service, Taylor stated about the prospect of SLIPKNOT performing live without Gray, "It was a big decision. There's still a part of me that's kind of on the fence about it. It all comes down to the band at the end of the day and how we handle it. And if we can come together as men and handle it the right way and do it for the right reasons — do it for the fans, do it for the family — it could be the first of baby steps to see what happens in the future." He added, "The wonderful thing and the worst thing about this band is that there's no other band like SLIPKNOT, so we handle things the way we handle it."