This Day In Music 26.04.2016
Nathan Jonas Jordison was born in Des Moines, Iowa on April 26, 1975. He embraced music at an early age, which he attributes to the influence of his parents: "they always sat me down in front of the radio, rather than the TV." He played guitar until receiving his first drum kit at age eight, and started his first band while in elementary school. At a young age, Jordison's parents divorced; Joey felt a sudden responsibility to be the man of the house, and this responsibility turned him odious in which he played drums. He cites Keith Moon, John Bonham, Peter Criss, Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich as his main influences.
After leaving school, Jordison was hired by a local music store and got a job at a Sinclair garage in Urbandale. He joined a local band called The Rejects as a guitarist, and was also involved in a band with Paul Gray and vocalist Don Decker, named Anal Blast. During the forming period of Slipknot, Paul recruited Joey to join a punk band called the Have Nots in the Spring of 1996. Joey would leave the Have Nots in February 1997 to "focus on Slipknot" but instead reformed The Rejects.
On November 1995, Mark Anthony Cadavos approached Jordison offering him a position in a new project called The Pale Ones. Intrigued he immediately wanted to be part of this new band. Speaking of this moment he said, "I remember trying so hard not to smile, so I didn't look like I wanted to join, I remained poker-faced, but I thought they ruled." A lot of Slipknot's early development was discussed by band members while Jordison worked night shifts at Sinclair's garage. Slipknot would become pioneers to the New Wave of American Heavy Metal. Jordison is accompanied by two custom percussionists, giving their music a feel that Rolling Stone touted as "suffocating".
Each member of Slipknot is assigned a number; Joey was assigned "#1" because drums are recorded first. With Slipknot, Jordison performed on four studio albums, and produced the 2005 live album 9.0: Live.
In August 2010 Jordison was voted the best drummer of the past 25 years by readers of Rhythm magazine. Competitors included Mike Portnoy, Neil Peart, Phil Collins, Dave Grohl etc. When asked to comment he stated "I'm at a loss for words. This is beyond unbelievable. Something like this reminds me every day why I continue to do this."
On December 12, 2013, Slipknot announced through their official website that they had parted ways with Jordison, citing personal reasons. Jordison insists he did not quit the band and states that he was blindsided and shocked at the announcement. Jordison released a statement on Facebook saying:
"To my fans, friends, and associates … I would like to start the New Year by addressing the recent rumours and speculation regarding my departure from Slipknot. I want to make it very clear that I did not quit Slipknot. This band has been my life for the last 18 years, and I would never abandon it, or my fans."
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