Slipknot show is like a blackout
Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison compares his experience of playing live with the band to blacking out – and insists there’s no such thing as an easy set for them.
Jordison tells MusicRadar: “An easy Slipknot show doesn’t exist. It’s tough – but we wouldn’t like it if it was easy.
“Once we lock in, it’s like I black out; I don’t notice any of the pain I might be experiencing. I’ve got eight other guys to guide with the tempo of the songs. I don’t have time to feel any sort of pain or hurt.”
But the hard work brings its own reward, he continues. “What’s so gratifying about playing a show that intense is when you get off the stage – you know you really delivered at the top of your ability and performance. That’s what makes it all worthwhile.”
Slipknot have been gradually gearing themselves up to create new music following Gray’s death. In the meantime, the lack of an album to promote means they can focus on delivering the tracks people want to hear.
“With that big a crowd some of our earlier, slower songs don’t translate,” Jordison says. “So we play everything really up-tempo and in your face. It’s constant punishment throughout the set. It’s full force.”
And despite the turmoil, he says the band are enjoying every second of playing together again. “The reason it always turns out so well is we all miss each other so much. We miss the music and playing together – and it gels instantly.”
Download promoter Andy Copping has told fans to expect a very special show tonight. “The band have promised me they’ve got some surprises up their sleeve,” he says. “Their show is going to be spectacular.
“In 2009 I took a chance on them. People were unsure, but they were everybody’s band of the weekend. That set has gone down in Download folklore. You can’t take your eyes off them.”