Corey Taylor on Paul Grey: 'He Was the Secret Sauce'

Slipknot frontman discusses facing the death of bassist Paul Gray.

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Slipknot singer Corey Taylor recently took some time to discuss the death of bassist Paul Gray and the way band's slowly been overcoming the fear of entering studio without him.

During a chat on the Artie Lange show, Taylor described Gray's passing as "probably the worst thing" Slipknot ever went through.

"We've been holding off the talk about doing a new album, but in the last few months - it's starting to feel like it's time," the frontman said. "'Cause Paul was a huge writer. He was like a secret sauce basically."

When asked about replacing the late bassist, Taylor commented: "We brought in a guy who was in the band before I was. He was a guitar player; good friend, Donnie Steele, and he's been helping us get through it. He plays backstage, he doesn't go on stage, he doesn't have his own mask or anything like that, but it's just part of the family.

"Next year we're gonna start throwing some new music at each other and see what happens," the singer concluded.

As the previous reports indicate, the band already has a batch of new ideas ready for the new album and will likely start putting them together in early 2014.

"Everyone's putting some demos together right now," Taylor told Metal Injection. "I've got about four or five songs that I'm working on, Joey's got a tonne of stuff, Clown's got a bunch of stuff, Jim's got some stuff, Mick ... we all write, so it's going to take a lot of time to get the madness under control."

The previous Slipknot release, "All Hope is Gone," dropped in August 2008 via Roadrunner Records as the band's fourth studio record. With almost 240,000 units shipped in the US within the first week, it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

24 comments sorted by best / new / date

    zeroceid
    I can't believe they're still doing this to Donnie. Every musician should be respected. He doesn't have to be centre stage with a spotlight on him, but he HAS to be on the stage surely?
    eds1275
    He was "bass-ically" the secret sauce..? I'll see myself out.
    MattHessing
    You're definitely at the "bottom end" of the comedy spectrum.
    cyclonus
    Are you going to give Donnie his own mask and the chance to be on stage when this album comes out?
    thrashriff90
    Even if they dont give Donnie a mask, they should at least let him play on stage. Show the guy a little respect...
    cfhdomination
    Kinda douchey of them to make that other dude play backstage.
    tennesseehild
    I'm sure with the money Steele recieves plus: the touring, interactions with people, experiences, stories he's accumulating, accomadations, etc. Anybody would be willing to play backstage.
    BobbyHill666
    "Everyone's putting some demos together right now," Taylor told Metal Injection. "I've got about four or five songs that I'm working on, Joey's got a tonne of stuff, Clown's got a bunch of stuff, Jim's got some stuff, Mick ... we all write, so it's going to take a lot of time to get the madness under control." Wasn't this in like the past three articles?
    munkybusiness
    I wonder how much money the 8 of them actually get from actual record sales after it's all split and shared out with the main contributors, along with all the other people that have rites. Must be such a small amount.
    SIEGE312
    Nobody makes money off record sales anymore anyways, no matter how many people are in the band. It's all in the touring.