The Only Thing Corey Taylor Regretted About Late Slipknot Bassist Paul Gray
One of the most popular and commercially successful bands of all time, Slipknot was founded by Shawn Crahan as the percussionist, Joey Jordison as the drummer, and Paul Gray as the bassist in 1995. The band released countless iconic songs that had a great influence on metalheads and young generation metal bands along with their unforgettable stage performances and images including masks and costumes.
The band had been through several line-up changes for years because of losing their bandmates and longtime disputes between Slipknot members due to creative differences. Slipknot kept on creating and releasing remarkable records no matter what happened between each other. On the other hand, their bassist and founding member Paul Gray’s unexpected and early death made Slipnot members question the band’s future.
The Death Of Slipknot Bassist Paul Gray
Paul Gray had been struggling with his addiction problems for many years, however, he couldn’t get rid of them. Unfortunately, the bassist was found dead in room 431 at the TownePlace Suites Hotel in Johnston, Iowa, on May 24, 2010. The cause of his death was an overdose of morphine and fentanyl. After his death, Gray’s widow Brenna Gray claimed that the doctor kept giving him Xanax even though he knew that he was an addict.
Then Slipknot members stated they were devastated about Gray’s unexpected death. They even considered disbanding the band, however, they thought that Gray wanted them to continue. Apparently, Brenna Gray highlighted that she wanted the other Slipknot members’ help while Gray was fighting for drug addiction but they were too busy to help their longtime friend and bandmate. Therefore, the band paying tribute to their late members was defined as hypocrisy by some fans.
Corey Taylor Regrets Not Giving Enough Credit To Paul Gray
Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor opened up about losing Paul Gray in one of his previous interviews. He stated that he realized that he forgot to take care of the people around him because he was too focused on his career. Taylor stated that his only regret was not giving the credit Paul deserved when he was still alive. He admitted that he was so selfish that he couldn’t fight his fears but he understood what he did wrong when he was a young man.
In Taylor’s words he said:
“When Paul died, it readjusted me in a huge way, not only in a way I am towards life and towards my career, but just how I am towards the people that I care about. So I’ve kind of retroactively been trying to give Paul the credit that he was due for years because when you’re younger, there’s this level of selfishness that you’re so afraid to let go of – people have to know what you did.
As I’ve gotten older I realized that’s just such a weak sauce. It’s actually stronger to give credit to people who deserve it. My only regret is that I didn’t give credit to Paul when he was alive. I have to live with that, but now with this album ‘.5: The Gray Chapter,’ it was very important for me to share that and share the emotions that we all went through when we lost him and to just dedicate an album to a person who was such a huge part for us.”
Corey Taylor knew that he had to live with his regret but he also promised that he would continue to pay tribute to his dear friend in their upcoming projects and performances. Slipknot released their fifth studio album entitled ‘.5: The Gray Chapter’ on October 21, 2014, and they dedicated the album to Paul Gray.
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