DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Joey Jordison, a founding member of Slipknot, who drummed for the influential metal band of his most popular era and helped write many of his best-known songs, died Monday at the age of 46, he said. his family .
“We are heartbroken to share the news that Joey Jordison, prolific drummer, musician and artist, has died peacefully in his sleep,” his family said in a statement. “Joey’s death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable grief.”
No cause or place of death was given.
Jordison grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, the eldest of three children, and began playing drums at the age of 8. He was already a veteran of the city’s metal scene when he founded the band that was to become Slipknot in 1995 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 became known for its exciting, epic live shows, with nine members wearing masks and spooky costumes, creating a massive, sweeping sound that, like other metal bands of the era, featured elements of hip-hop.
Jordison often wore a white mask with a drip of black paint and a crown of thorns when he performed.
Buzz grew through touring, including show-stealing performances on the Ozzfest tour, and the band broke through to international popularity with their self-titled album from 1999. Then followed the even more popular album Iowa from 2001.
Slipknot would become one of the bands credited with keeping hard rock alive and vital in the late 1990s and early 2000s with grunge-era bands aging and fading.
Jordison was fired 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.
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