Frontman Corey Taylor has revealed that he and the other members of Slipknot visited late bassist Paul Gray’s grave on Thursday to honor his memory on the two-year anniversary of his death. Gray was found dead of an accidental overdose of morphine and fentanyl, a synthetic morphine substitute, in an Iowa hotel on May 24, 2010.
“We just hung out and told some good stories,” Taylor tells Revolver. “It felt good to do that. It was the first time we’ve been able to hang out and talk about him without crumbling. It definitely meant something.”
Taylor added that he’s looking forward to hitting the road with Slipknot next month to headline the Rockstar Mayhem Festival with Slayer and Motörhead. “Even though Paul’s not with us, everybody’s right, he would not want us to just stop being what we are,” Taylor says. “We headlined the first Mayhem run [in 2008], and now we’re coming back and doing it again [this summer], albeit it under different circumstances. I think it’s going to be great.”
The Rockstar Mayhem Festival kicks off June 30 at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, CA. The band has announced that Slipknot founding member, guitarist Donnie Steele, will be filling in on bass for all upcoming scheduled tour dates.
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