Read this: 13 times Joey Jordison proved he was the best of the best
Of his first meeting with the band – at a Chicago showcase on April 4, 1998 – the industry veteran recalls how Slipknot "lined up to meet me, one by one, as if they were rank-and-file soldiers meeting an officer – deadly serious, like they were going into battle. They were wearing their standard coveralls but not their masks – they wanted to look me in the eyes. They wanted to be on Roadrunner and this was the most important gig of their lives to date."
He remembers how Joey in particular wanted to nerd out over metal – "He not only had a vast knowledge of extreme and underground heavy metal, but he was an encyclopedia on all things Roadrunner Records" – leaving a remarkably strong impression on Monte. "In all of my A&R travels I had never experienced a musician who was so plugged into and knowledgeable about the label and even my career," he says. "He and his bandmates were about to change not just my life, but the entire trajectory of Roadrunner Records and the music world."
Read the full essay here.
Late last week, Slipknot shared a Joey tribute video, along with the following statement:
"Our hearts go out to Joey’s family and loved ones at this time of tremendous loss. Joey Jordison’s art, talent, and spirit could not be contained or be held back. Joey’s impact on Slipknot, on our lives, and on the music that he loved, is incalculable. Without him there would be no us. We mourn his loss with the entire Slipknot family. We love you, Joey.”