Slipknot Part Ways with Longtime Drummer

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It might be the end of the week, but the hits keep coming because another band has just announced that they are down a member.

Last night, Slipknot revealed that the band had parted ways with their longtime drummer, Joey Jordison. On their official website, the band released a statement explaining to fans just what led to the decision for the parting of ways.

In the letter, it is revealed that Jordison’s abrupt exit had to do with “personal reasons” even though no other explanation is given. They go on to claim that they do intend to give more information out about what caused the departure in the near future, to stick around for that.

This news comes as a shock since Jordison was one of the original member of the Iowa-based band. Back in June, the band were dropping hints that they would be heading back into the studio to record some new material during their performance on opening at the Download Festival.

The band’s last album was 2008’s All Hope is Gone, which was released before the death of longtime bassist, Paul Gray who died in 2010 due to an accidental overdose.

Read the full statement below:

“To our Maggots and fans around the world,

It is with great pain but quiet respect, that for personal reasons Joey Jordison and Slipknot are parting ways. We all wish Joey the best in whatever his future holds. We understand that many of you will want to know how and why this has come to be, and we will do our best to respond to these questions in the near future. It is our love for all of you, as well as for the music we create, that spurs us to continue on and move forward with our plans for releasing new material in the next year. We hope that all of you will come to understand this, and we appreciate your continued support while we plan the next phase of the future of Slipknot.

Thank you,
The ‘Knot”

New Found Glory Part Ways with Guitarist

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In the first bit of sad news of the day, New Found Glory have announced that Steve Klein is no longer in the band after 15 years and being a founder of the outlet. In a statement released by the band on Facebook, they advised fans that they will be hitting the studio after the Parahoy! Cruise sans Klein. Apparently, the other members had some “differences” with the guitarist which eventually led to the decision to boot him out.

For some fans, this might be a shock since Klein was just on board on their recent US and Australian tours.

Read the full statement below:

To All Our Fans,

It is with heavy hearts that we must let you know that Steve Klein is no longer a part of New Found Glory. We’ve had our differences with Steve over the years that have led us to this decision. We love Steve however personal differences have guided this decision and we no longer feel we can work with him. Rest assured that New Found Glory will still go on! After the Parahoy Cruise we are planning to write a new record and start this new chapter for our band. We have not decided on who will fill Steve’s position however we will let you know our plans as soon as we figure that out. We love you, our fans, so much and appreciate your dedication and loyalty to our band. We hope you stick by us during this difficult time.

We love you,

Chad, Jordan, Cyrus, and Ian

Like most of the comments on the Facebook thread, let the “…and it’s all downhill from here” jokes begin.

Black Flag Singer Fired Mid-Show

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Well, this is definitely one way not to let someone know that they have been fired.

In a Facebook post that was posted yesterday, Ron Reyes, the Canadian-born singer who had taken over he singing duties in the newly reincarnated Black Flag, had revealed that the band had fired him while in the middle of their final show in Australia.

Reyes goes on to explain that band founder and guitarist, Greg Ginn, ruled the revised band with an “iron fist” and part of the reason why they had ousted him was because he refused to “treat someone like an infallible Pope figure.” Kind of curious as to who that person might have been.

This isn’t even the first batch of bad publicity the newly recreated group have gotten this year. They were highly criticized for their new album that was released this past month as well as for its album art work.

For now, you can read the complete statement that Reyes posted about his ousting here.

On November 24th 2013 the last night of the Australian Hits and Pits tour with two songs left in the set Mike V comes on stage stares me down, takes my mic and says “You’re done, party’s over get off it’s over…” He said something else to me but it was a lie so I won’t repeat it here.

So with a sense of great relief that it was finally over I left the stage and walked to the hotel room.

They finished the set with Mike V on vocals. There is much more that can and perhaps should be said. But for now I will spare you the gory details. The writing was on the wall since before we played our first show. So many things went wrong from the start.

I was into things like having a good drummer, rehearsing and spending time on things like beginnings and endings of songs, being a little less distracted with tour life and a little more on the ball. You know things that would make our efforts worthy of the name Black Flag… Yes it is my opinion that we fell very short indeed and the diminishing ticket sales and crowds are a testament to that.

However It was made clear to me that raising these issues was tantamount to a blasphemous stab in the back to Greg. How could I question him, his efforts and hard work? How could I dare be a fan of OFF! And or be friends and a fan of Flag? I was told that I had to choose sides. But I refuse to treat someone like an infallible Pope figure. No guitarist deserves such unquestioning blind devotion.

And so I have been excommunicated in a very strange fashion. I truly feel sorry for anyone who had to witness the infantile behaviour and the relentless provocation I was subjected to both on and off the stage. I regret that under such fierce provocation and taunting I sometimes responded in manners bellow my standard.

I am grateful for the opportunities Greg gave me. There were some magical moments at first. I was naive enough to believe in the promise of potential. But in the end the good was no match for the overwhelming bad. It am proud of my contributions including the new album and its cover.

Come on folks it’s only rock n roll. I would not be surprised if Mike V becomes the new singer for Black Flag.

It is my opinion that they have been planning this for some time. I wish them well. Mike is a true disciple of Greg and so they have a good working relationship. And ironically the tension over the last weeks has brought out some of Greg’s best playing. So it could be interesting. I will miss playing with Dave Klein. He is a great kid and truly an outstanding bass player. Dave was an anchor that kept me from losing my place on a nightly basis. Trust me that was no easy task for either of us.

I truly apologize for being in or more accurately “appearing” to be in competition with “Flag”. They know my heart on this matter. From the beginning I was happy for them and fully supported and understood why they would want to rock those songs and have a good time with friends and family.

Yes I questioned their use of the name and logo but in no way questioned their motivation or right to do their thing. I envy them for they have succeeded in ways that were never possible with “Black Flag”. And once again for the record, I agreed to do Black Flag before I knew there was a Flag. I mean no malice towards Greg or Mike although they will most likely see things very differently. I wish them luck and prosperity. I have learned many valuable lessons this year. And these lessons will enrich my personal and musical endeavours.

Cheers.

Ron Reyes.