Who was Joey Jordison?
Joey Jordison or Nathan Jonas “Joey” Jordison born on April 26, 1975, was an American musician and songwriter, best known as the drummer of the metal band Slipknot as well as guitarist for horror punk band Murderdolls.
Joey Jordison Death, Cause Of Death
Joey Jordison, Slipknot’s founding drummer and co-writer, has died on Monday at the age of 46.
A representative for his family told Rolling Stone that he died peacefully in his sleep; no cause of death has yet been specified.
“Joey’s death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable sorrow,” a statement from Jordison’s family read.
Tributes have started to pour in for Jordison on social media. A fan said: “One Of The Best Metal Drummers To Ever Perform Whether It’s Slipknot or Anything Else”, another added: “Rest in peace Joey Jordison. Seeing another founding members of Slipknot pass away hurts bad. That band means so much to myself and others. Thank you for being apart of my life growing up with your music.”
A third commented: “R.I.P. Joey Jordison. No matter what you think of nü metal, he was an absolute tornado of drummer. Incredibly fast, incredibly precise, totally inventive.”
Joey Jordison Biography, Wiki
Joey Jordison was born in Des Moines, Iowa on April 26, 1975, to Steve and Jackie Jordison. He had two younger sisters. He grew up in a rural area outside of Waukee where he used to play basketball on the street in front of his house. He embraced music at an early age, which he attributes to his parents’ influence: “They always sat me down in front of the radio, rather than the TV.” He played guitar until receiving his first drum kit as a gift from his parents at age eight, and started his first band while in elementary school.
Jordison’s parents divorced when he was young. The children stayed with their mother. His mother remarried and set up a funeral parlor where Jordison would occasionally help. Jordison stated that he felt a sudden responsibility to be the man of the house. During this time, he formed the band Modifidious, in which he played drums. He later described them as “total speed-metal thrash”. The band helped Jordison break new ground, playing live as support to local bands including Atomic Opera, featuring Jim Root, and Heads on the Wall, featuring Shawn Crahan. He also played at a bowling center his family owned, on a night called “Bowl-O-Rama”. After a multitude of lineup changes – including Craig Jones and Josh Brainard, who would reappear in Slipknot – the band released two demos in 1993: Visceral and Mud Fuchia.
After leaving school, Jordison was hired by a local music store called Musicland. In March 1994, after a recommendation from his new friend, he got a job at a Sinclair garage in Urbandale. Jordison worked the night shift, which he preferred, as it left his weekends free and allowed him to spend time with his friends and listen to music while working. In early 1995, Modifidious disbanded because of a shift in interest from thrash metal to death metal in America. Following this Jordison joined a local band called The Rejects as a guitarist, with whom he only played a couple of shows. Jordison was also involved in a band with Paul Gray and vocalist Don Decker, named Anal Blast.
Gray also attempted to recruit him for another band, Body Pit, but he declined the invitation to remain in The Rejects. 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, which would play Des Moines up until Slipknot left to record Slipknot’s self-titled album, which Paul played in after the Have Nots broke up.
|Birth name||Nathan Jonas Jordison|
|Also known as||#1Superball|
|Born||April 26, 1975|
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
|Died||July 26, 2021 (aged 46)|
|Genres||Heavy metal, nu metal, industrial metal, groove metal, alternative metal, horror punk, thrash metal, extreme metal|
|Associated acts||Vimic, Sinsaenum, Slipknot, Murderdolls, Scar the Martyr, Ministry, 3 Inches of Blood, Rob Zombie, The Rejects, Metallica, Marilyn Manson, Satyricon, Korn|
Joey Jordison Awards and recognition
In August 2010 Jordison was voted the best drummer of the previous 25 years by readers of Rhythm magazine, ahead of drummers such as Mike Portnoy, Neil Peart, Phil Collins, and Dave Grohl. 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.”
As voted on by 6,500 drummers worldwide, Jordison won the Drummies Award for Best Metal drummer in 2010.
In September 2013 Jordison was named the world’s greatest metal drummer by readers of Loudwire.
On 2016 Jordison was honored with The Golden God Award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards.
Joey Jordison Illness and death
In a January 2018 interview (later published in the March 2018 edition of Rhythm magazine) Jordison talked about suffering from acute transverse myelitis with symptoms starting in 2010, but not being diagnosed for a long time. This progressed to the loss of use of his left leg. The neurological disease had temporarily cost him the use of his legs and caused him to be unable to play the drums before rehabilitation. He recovered with the aid of medical help and intensive work in the gym.
On July 26, 2021, Jordison died in his sleep at the age of 46.