SLIPKNOT Makes Statement Regarding New Bassist

Slipknot has asked Donnie Steele to fill in for Paul Gray on bass for their upcoming shows in 2011, . Donnie was the original guitar player in Slipknot and there has been a reconnection for the two in recent years.  Here’s what the band said regarding their decision:

“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.”

Check out the summer Slipknot dates here.

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