Slipknot has asked Donnie Steele to fill in for Paul Gray on bass for its upcoming shows in 2011, .
Donnie was the original guitar player in Slipknot and had actually reconnected with Paul in recent years.
the band: "Donnie was in the band at the very beginning, and rather
than get an outsider, we thought it would be a fitting tribute to Paul
to play with someone from within the family. Donnie was great friends
with Paul and we can't think of a better way to celebrate his memory
than with someone who was there with us at the very beginning. The eight
of us are looking forward to being onstage again and honoring Paul's
legacy with our families in Europe and Brazil this summer."
Paul Gray was found dead in a hotel room in a Des Moines, Iowa suburb last May at the age of 38 from an overdose of morphine.
will make a number festival appearances this summer, including the
U.K.'s Sonisphere, Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting and Brazil's Rock In
Speaking to the Artisan News Service, Slipknot frontman
Corey Taylor admitted that he is still unsure that going back out and
performing live without Gray is the right thing to do. "It was a big
decision," he said. "There's still a part of me that's kind of on the
fence about it. It all comes down to the band at the end of the day and
how we handle it. And if we can come together as men and handle it the
right way and do it for the right reasons — do it for the fans, do it
for the family — it could be the first of baby steps to see what happens
in the future." He added, "The wonderful thing and the worst thing
about this band is that there's no other band like Slipknot, so we
handle things the way we handle it."
Slipknot drummer Joey
Jordison said late last year that he and other members of the
eight-piece band were already separately recording demos of new
material, which he hoped to begin recording sometime in early 2011.
But Taylor disputed that, saying he has "no plans" to make a new album with the band anytime soon.
the announcement of the Sonisphere show, Taylor tweeted, "Honestly, I
don't know how to feel about the tour. But it's for the fans, and for
the family. We'll see. I don't know WHEN I'll be ready to make an album.
Might not be for years. But we will definitely play shows. We'll see
Taylor and Slipknot guitarist Jim Root have been on the road with their other band, Stone Sour, since last summer.