On July 26, 2021, music lost a player the like of which had never been seen before. As a founding member of Slipknot, Joey Jordison was responsible for kickstarting one of the defining heavy bands of his generation, and for shunting truly extreme music into the mainstream. For a generation of fans, his dizzying virtuosity behind the drum kit was an inspiration to pick up an instrument themselves, or the first breadcrumb in a trail that would lead down sub-genre rabbit holes that could truly blow the mind. All the while, he remained a superfan himself, in awe at the opportunities that had opened to him, still thankful and hungry to perform even after the setbacks of his later years.
Of course, any chronicle of Joey’s greatest moments will lean heavily on the 18-legged Iowan metal machine. Who will ever forget the first time they had their eardrums invaded by Surfacing, bearing witness to the carnage as its spilled into arenas on the Iowa world tour, or feeling the triumphant chills as the band finally ascended to headline Castle Donington’s hallowed main stage in 2009? Away from Slipknot, however, there have been a wealth of side-projects, substitute spots and collaborations with heavyweight peers to keep jaws dropped. Hell, we’ve not even found space to include industrial outfit Vimic or his time with Norwegian black’n’roll supremos Satyricon and the hellbilly himself Rob Zombie in this run-down.
Each of the 13 performances below, though, were moments in time when Joey indisputably reminded us why he was the best of the best. They – and the man behind them – will live on forever in our hearts and minds.