Drumming legend Joey Jordison has sadly passed away aged 46, on July 26th. Best known as the former and founding drummer of Slipknot. He also played the drums in horror punk band Murderdolls and touring/playing with Rob Zombie, and that time in 2004 at Download Festival UK where Joey filled in for Lars Ulrich during Metallica’s headline set.
A statement from Joey’s family reads: “We are heartbroken to share the news that Joey Jordison, prolific drummer, musician and artist passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 26, 2021. He was 46.
“Joey’s death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable sorrow.
“To those that knew Joey, understood his quick wit, his gentle personality, giant heart and his love for all things family and music.
“The family of Joey have asked that friends, fans and media understandably respect our need for privacy and peace at this incredibly difficult time.
“The family will hold a private funeral service and asks the media and public to respect their wishes.”
Tributes have been pouring in from the music industry from fellow bandmates and musicians as the world mourns the loss of an incredible drummer who influenced many and who was taken too soon.
Corey Taylor, Slipknot’s lead vocalist, posted black images to his social media accounts after news of his death broke along with Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan of Slipknot.
Rob Zombie posted: Back in 2010 while rehearsing with Joey for our upcoming tour he gifted one of his past Slipknot touring masks to Sheri and I. Been hanging in my studio ever since. #joeyjordison #slipknot #restinpeace
Matt Heafy of Trivium posted: Rest In Peace to a legend of the music world. Joey’s contributions to music changed the face of heavy music on the planet as we know it. This was a true honor to stand alongside 3 people who helped form me as a musician – as a peer, for roadrunner United.