Interview: Slipknot's Joey Jordison talks "Mayhem" and Rob Zombie
Tue, 01 Jun 2010 07:53:38
The Rockstar Mayhem Festival is bound to be the most epic heavy metal tour of 2010. With Korn and Rob Zombie closing out a bill locked and loaded with the genre's best and brightest, the national trek promises to be an unforgettable day for hard rock fans everywhere.
It's definitely the "loudest" road trip this summer…
Right now, heavy metal's most important drummer, Slipknot's Joey Jordison is bashing away behind the kit for Rob Zombie. Now, Jordison is no stranger to slamming with other bands. He's ravaged the world playing in Ministry, Korn and Satyricon. Plus, he's filled in for Metallica's Lars Ulrich at Download.
In between finishing up his latest offering with Murderdolls, Women and Children Last, and tearing up stages with Zombie, Joey Jordison sat down with ARTISTdirect.com editor Rick Florino for an exclusive interview about Mayhem, his favorite summer concert memories as a kid and with Slipknot and which records shaped him growing up…This is the perfect guide to Mayhem's rock 'n' roll road trip courtesy of a man who's played with both of headliners…
What are you looking forward to most about the Rockstar Mayhem Festival this summer?
It's cool because it's like heavy metal summer camp. I have a lot of friends on the tour—from Korn to Lamb of God to Shadows Fall to Hatebreed. There are a lot of bands on the bill that I'm looking forward to seeing. I think our show is going to be pretty immense on that. I can't wait!
Do you have a favorite summer tour story from early on with Slipknot?
Honestly, the one that sticks out in my mind is the very first OZZfest Slipknot did in 1999. That was when we first came out. Dude, we were so fucking out of our minds. Everyone was an enemy. We didn't talk to anyone. No one knew who we were. We just went up and literally destroyed fucking everything. People were scared shitless of us. People from the main stage came every time we played. It didn't matter if we were playing first on the second stage or if we were right before Fear Factor [second stage headliners] because we all rotated. You'd have Ozzy and all of Black Sabbath over there and all of the guys in Slayer being like, "What in the fuck is this?" That one really sticks out in my mind as probably my favorite summer festival that I've ever done even though we've had much bigger festivals than that. When Slipknot headlined Download last year, that was pretty fucking insane too.
Do you have a favorite summer show you went to as a kid?
I saw KISS on The Creatures of the Night tour when I was a kid. It was the last show they did makeup on with Vinnie Vincent. My uncle took me, and it was a really big landmark of me growing up as a kid to see '80s KISS [Laughs]. I saw Ministry on Lollapalooza back in the day too. They came out and made Red Hot Chili Peppers sound like an AM radio [Laughs]. They were so fucking loud! It was starting to get dark. I was in Minneapolis and it was around six or seven. I lost my mind watching that! Years and years later I was playing it with them, it's cool!
Which songs are you most stoked to play with Rob Zombie?
We're playing all of his hits and a couple new songs. As far as White Zombie material, we're playing "Supercharger Heaven" and "Thunderkiss '65." We've been tossing around the idea of "Black Sunshine" sometimes coming into the set here and there. We're doing "Scum of the Earth" now. It's awesome! I love that song.
Zombie probably sounds heavier and faster than ever with you.
I'm still sticking to the tempo because there are a lot of electronics and stuff. They're digging it because I do a lot of different things as I mix two different sounds. I mix my acoustic sound and the way I tune. A lot people think I use triggers and I never have. I tune that way and then I add some industrial-type sounds to it as well, and everyone really digs the way that sounds. They're like, "This sounds so much heavier!" I do a drum solo with them, and there are certain songs I do crazier fills and stuff like that. I pretty much keep to the song.
Do you have a favorite city to play?
I like playing in every city. Any time a crowd comes out and they go off, it's always good to me! I don't have a certain city that I prefer over another. Being on the road, as long as the crowd's there having a good time, everything's fine with me.
Which records shaped you? Is there anything you always go back to?
All of The Rolling Stones records—from Tattoo You all the way through 1981—and the first four Led Zeppelin records. My favorite Led Zeppelin record is actually Led Zeppelin III. Of course, I love Houses of the Holy and all of their other stuff. The Who are one of my favorite bands. Keith Moon is my favorite drummer. That's the stuff I grew up on as a child. It's not until I got into first grade that I started learning about KISS. My parents never sat me in front of the TV. I wasn't interested. They sat me in front of the stereo and I'd just listen to music all day.
Will you be seeing Joey Jordison with Rob Zombie this summer on Rock Star Mayhem fest?
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