Slipknot’s Joey Jordison to Play Drums for Rob Zombie
Tommy Clufetos is out as Rob Zombie‘s touring kitman and Slipknot‘s own Joey Jordison is in. That’s right, children: Zombie and Jordison are collaborating this spring and summer, with Jordison handling drums during Zombie’s live sets. The labelmates announced the news in a press release Thursday; Jordison’s first public performance with Zombie will come April 8 in Los Angeles, when the shock rocker closes out the 2010 Revolver Golden Gods Awards.
“Joey is an absolutely crushing drummer, and I am thrilled to have him as part of the Zombie family,” Zombie says. “His amazing skills promise to take the live show to a whole new level of insanity.”
Of course, this doesn’t mean Jordison is leaving Slipknot. In the past, between Slipknot records when the band’s members have largely concentrated on side projects, Jordison has tackled drums as a fill-in for Metallica, Satyricon and Korn.
“I am honored, proud and excited to announce that I have joined the ranks as the new touring drummer for Rob Zombie,” Jordison exclaims. “I’ve been a fan of Zombie’s since the beginning. I’ve toured with them and have always wanted to play for them. When John 5 called me up to ask if I knew any drummers I could recommend, I said, only half-jokingly, ‘Yeah, me!’”
And the rest, as they say, is history. Jordison’s addition comes just in time for the eventual start of Zombie’s Gruesome Twosome Tour with co-headliner Alice Cooper. That trek launches in Canada in April 26. This summer, Zombie will head out with Korn, Five Finger Death Punch, Shadows Fall, Hatebreed and others for the third installment of Kevin Lyman’s Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. The first date on that schedule is set for July 10 in Southern California, with things wrapping up August 14 in Oklahoma City.
“This show and set list is mind blowing, and what better way to kick off than with the Gruesome Twosome Tour with horror-rock legend Alice Cooper?” Jordison added. “I want to thank all the Slipknot fans for their support and the Rob Zombie fans for welcoming me in. The Demonoid Phenomenon is on its way!”