Vocalist Corey Taylor and other members of SLIPKNOT visited the grave site of the band’s late bassist, Paul Gray, last night on the two-year anniversary of his death.
“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 was good. We laughed about the old memories. It meant something. It definitely meant something.”
Gray passed away in May 2010 from an accidental overdose of drugs, leaving behind his wife Brenna and daughter October, who was born the following August.
SLIPKNOT played its first headlining show since the death of Paul Gray on June 21, 2011 at Columbiahalle in Berlin, Germany. Gray‘s red jumpsuit, mask and bass guitar stood at the back of the stage while his bandmates performed. The rest of the group’s members donned red jumpsuits and older versions of their trademark masks from SLIPKNOT‘s earlier days, in tribute to their fallen bandmate.
Playing bass for the band is Donnie Steele, who was the guitarist in an early incarnation of the group. Steele, however, is hidden from the audience’s view.
“Even though Paul‘s not with us, everybody’s right, he would not want us to just stop being what we are,” Taylor tells Revolver. “We headlined the first [Rockstar Energy Drink] Mayhem run [in 2008], and now we’re coming back and doing it again [this summer], albeit it under different circumstances. But I think it’s going to be great. Plus, I’ll have my family out with me so it’s going to be like summer vacation, only more masks.”