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Joey Jordison

Joey Jordison performing in Slipknot at 2008's Mayhem Festival.
Background information
Birth name Nathan Jonas Jordison
Also known as #1, Superball
Born April 26, 1975 (1975-04-26) (age 34)
Des Moines, Iowa
Genres Nu Metal, Punk Rock, Oi!, Horror Punk, Heavy Metal, Metalcore, Thrash Metal, Hard Rock
Occupations Musician, songwriter, producer, drummer
Instruments Drums, guitar, bass,vocals, backing vocals
Years active 1995–present
Labels Roadrunner, Nuclear Blast
Associated acts Slipknot (band), Murderdolls, Metallica, Rob Zombie
Website (External links)
Notable instruments
Pearl Reference series
Paiste ColorCoat cymbals

Nathan Jonas Jordison (born April 26, 1975), sometimes known by his number #1 or Joey Jordison, is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer. He is a co-founder and the primary drummer for the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Slipknot, as well as the guitarist and backup-vocalist for horror punk supergroup Murderdolls.

While growing up in Des Moines, Iowa, Jordison quickly developed an interest in music, learning to play the guitar and drums. Jordison joined multiple bands throughout his high school years, which led to him be invited to join The Pale Ones, at age 20. Jordison immediately embraced the idea and quickly became involved in all aspects of the band, which evolved into Slipknot. Jordison's dedication to music led to performances and work with many other bands over his career, including Metallica, Korn, Ministry, Satyricon, System of a Down, Roadrunner United and 3 Inches of Blood.



Early life

Jordison was born at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa on April 26, 1975.[1] He grew up in a rural area outside of Waukee. He embraced music at an early age, which he attributes to the influence of his parents: "they always sat me down in front of the radio, rather than the TV."[1] 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. At a young age Jordison's parents divorced; he and his two younger sisters stayed with their mother. His mother remarried and set up a funeral parlor where Jordison would occasionally help. Jordison has stated he felt a sudden responsibility to be the man of the house, and this responsibility turned him into a more mature person at a young age.

Jordison did not enjoy his time at school, admitting he "was really introverted and didn't have many friends."[1] His grades suffered due to his focus on music.[2] Despite being involved in multiple projects, he did not have his first serious band until he was fifteen. He formed Modifidious in which he played drums. He later described them as "total speed-metal thrash".[2] The band helped Jordison break new ground, playing for live crowds in support of local bands including Atomic Opera, which featured Jim Root, and Heads On The Wall, which featured Shawn Crahan.[3] After a multitude of line-up changes including the presence of Craig Jones and Josh Brainard—who would later appear in Slipknot—the band released two demos in 1993: Visceral and Mud Fuchia.[3]

After leaving school, Jordison was hired by a local music store called Musicland. In March 1994, after a recommendation from a 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.[3] 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, formed mostly as a joke called Anal Blast.[4] Gray also attempted to recruit him for another band, Body Pit, but he declined the invitation to remain in The Rejects.[3]


In September 1995, Paul Gray approached Jordison while he was working, offering him a position in a new project called The Pale Ones.[4] Intrigued and at a point where he was "lost", Jordison attended rehearsals at Anders Colsefini's basement and immediately wanted to be part of this new band. Speaking of this moment he said, "I remember trying so hard not to smile, so I didn't look like I wanted to join, I remained poker-faced, but I thought they ruled."[5] A lot of Slipknot's early development was discussed by band members while Jordison worked night shifts at Sinclair's garage.[5] He is considered one of the most dedicated members of the band and is involved in most elements of the band including writing, mixing and production,[6] and is reportedly "the first to arrive and the last to leave."[7] Jordison is known as "The Fastest Drummer in Metal History".

Each member of Slipknot is assigned a number; Joey was assigned "#1". Although Jordison has always been closely involved in almost every aspect of the creation of Slipknot and the Murderdoll's music, including the mixing and production stages, he has only fully produced one album with either band: Slipknot's 2005 live album 9.0: Live. In August, 2008, Jordison broke his ankle and Slipknot had to cancel some of its England tour dates. On August 22, 2009, Jordison was taken to the emergency room for a burst appendix (although there is no solid evidence), less than an hour before he was to take the stage for Seattle's KISW Pain in the Grass concert. As a result, Slipknot canceled following shows in August and September, to give Jordison time to recover.[citation needed]


While touring Ozzfest in 2001 to support Slipknot's recently-released album Iowa, Jordison met Tripp Eisen, then of Static-X; the two discussed forming a side project.[8] In 2002, Jordison revived his band The Rejects, renaming them the Murderdolls.[9] Jordison became the Murderdoll's guitarist, and he recruited Wednesday 13 of Frankenstein Drag Queens From Planet 13 to play bass. Wednesday eventually became a vocalist, while Ben Graves, Eric Griffin, and Acey Slade completed the band's lineup.[10] Murderdolls signed with Roadrunner Records and released an EP entitled Right to Remain Violent. The band returned in August 2002 with their debut album Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls.[11] The band uses horror films, including Friday the 13th and Night of the Living Dead, as an inspiration for their lyrics.[12] On October 30, 2002, the Murderdolls made an appearance on an episode of Dawson's Creek entitled "Living Dead Girl".[13]

Other musical endeavours

In 2001, Jordison worked on a remix of "The Fight Song" by Marilyn Manson.[14] Jordison also appeared in the music video for Manson's cover of "Tainted Love."[15] Later in the year, Manson revealed that Jordison had been working with him on his new album The Golden Age of Grotesque. Jordison had in fact worked on guitars but the track did not appear on the album.[15] In 2004, Jordison appeared on OTEP's album House of Secrets, drumming on six tracks for the album.[16] In 2008, Jordison appeared on Puscifer's album "V" is for Viagra. The Remixes, with a remix of the track "Drunk With Power."[17]

Jordison performing with Metallica in 2004. Following the performance fellow Slipknot band member Corey Taylor congratulated Jordison proclaiming "You just made rock history, dude!"[18]

Jordison has performed with other bands, solely as a touring member. While preparing for the Download Festival in 2004, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich was hospitalized for an unknown illness.[19] Metallica's vocalist James Hetfield searched amongst other bands performing at the festival to find a replacement for Ulrich; Jordison and Dave Lombardo of Slayer volunteered. Jordison performed on 9 of the 12 songs that made up the set and was called the band's "hero of the day".[18] In late 2004, Jordison performed with Satyricon on their tour of the United States when drummer Frost was refused entry into the country.[20] The tour was cut short after guitarists Steinar Gundersen and Arnt Gronbech—who were also only touring members—were charged with sexually assaulting a fan in Toronto.[21] In 2006, Jordison joined Ministry for their "MasterBaTour 2006" which consisted of sixty dates across the United States and Canada.[22] He also appeared in the music video for their single "Lies Lies Lies".[23] Korn recruited Jordison in 2007 to join them on tour when drummer David Silveria went on hiatus from the band.[24] While touring with Korn, Jordison set a record by becoming the first musician ever to perform on five different occasions at the Download Festival in England.[25] He also appeared in the music video for Korn's single "Evolution".[26]

On March 4, 2010 Jordison announced he will be touring with Rob Zombie during his Spring and Summer tours.[27]

In August 2004, Jordison became involved in Roadrunner United, a celebration of Roadrunner Records' 25th anniversary. As one of four "team captains" who wrote and produced material for the album, he also performed the drum tracks for six songs and bass guitar for three.[28] Jordison said of the experience, "I thought it was a great idea and was really excited about it, because it was a chance to work with a lot of artists that I really respected while I was growing up."[29] In 2007, 3 Inches of Blood recruited Jordison to produce their album Fire Up the Blades. Jordison is a fan of the band and when he heard that Roadrunner wanted to have some demos produced he said; "I was the first one to jump at it, I'm like; 'I want this fucking band'."[7] From these demos the label commissioned a record. Vocalist Jamie Hopper said of Jordison, "he's an amazing producer".[30]


During an interview with Drummer in 2008, Jordison described his standard touring equipment.[31] Joey has signature drumsticks made by pro-mark which have his own blood painted onto them.

All Hope Is Gone tour kit (2008-Present)

  • Pearl Reference Series Piano Black w/ Slipknot S and Paiste Cymbals:
  • Drums - Custom Slipknot Finish
    • 22x18" Bass Drum (x2)
    • 13x6.5" Pearl Joey Jordison Signature Snare
    • 8x7" Tom
    • 10x8" Tom
    • 12x9" Tom
    • 14x10" Tom
    • 16x16" Floor Tom
    • 18x16" Floor Tom
    • 6x12" Quarter Tom
    • 6x15" Quarter Tom
    • 6x18" Quarter Tom
    • 6x21" Quarter Tom
    • 20x14" Gong Bass Drum
  • 'Cymbals - PAISTE (Custom Coated in Black)
    • 14" 2002 Wild Hi-Hats
    • 13" Signature Heavy Hi-Hats
    • 20" 2002 Power Ride
    • 19" RUDE Crash/Ride
    • 18" RUDE Crash/Ride
    • 17" RUDE Crash/Ride
    • 10" Signature Splash
    • 8" Signature Splash
    • 6" Signature Splash
    • 21" 2002 Wild China
    • 19" 2002 Wild China
    • 18" RUDE China
    • 15" 2002 Wild China
    • 13" Signature Mega Cup Chime
  • Sticks
    • PRO-MARK Millennium II TX515W Joey Jordison Signature Model
    • Old Sticks were AHEAD JJ1 Joey Jordison Signature Model
  • Electronics
    • ddrum Triggers
    • Roland TD-20 Module
    • Roland PD-8 Pads
  • Hardware (Gold) - Pearl Drums
    • DR501C ICON Front Rack x 4
    • DR501CE Rack Extension x 6
    • RJ50 Mini Rack Joints
    • PCX100 Clamps
    • CH1000 Cymbal Holders
    • H2000 Hi-Hat Stand
    • S2000 Snare Stand
    • D2000BR Throne w/ Backrest
    • CLH1000 Closed Hi-Hat
    • TH2000 Tom Arms
    • AX28 Adapters
    • Pearl Demon Drive Eliminators P3000-D Pedal(x2)
  • Jordison also uses Remo Emperor Clear (Tom drums)/Coated Ambassador (Snare drum)/Powerstroke 3 (Bass drums) drum skins and a Pearl Rack System.


With Slipknot
Producer credits
With Murderdolls
Other appearances



  1. ^ a b c Arnopp 2001, pp. 22-25
  2. ^ a b Arnopp 2001, pp. 30-31
  3. ^ a b c d Arnopp 2001, pp. 33-36
  4. ^ a b Crampton, Mark (2001), Barcode Killers: The Slipknot Story in Words and Pictures, Chrome Dreams, p. 15, ISBN 1842401262 
  5. ^ a b Arnopp 2001, pp. 40-45
  6. ^ Tom Day. "Slipknot - 9.0: Live (Roadrunner)". Retrieved 2008-05-17. 
  7. ^ a b "Joey Jordison goes through the 'fire up the blade'". YouTube. 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  8. ^ Bradley Torreano. "Biography". Murderdolls. Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  9. ^ McIver, Joel (2003). Slipknot: Unmasked (Again). Omnibus. p. 108. ISBN 0711997640. 
  10. ^ Waggoner, Eric (2002-08-07). "Merry-Gore-Round". Music (Metro Times). Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  11. ^ "Official Artist Biography". Murderdolls. Roadrunner Records. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  12. ^ Jason D. Taylor. "Review". Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls. Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  13. ^ MTV News staff report (2002-09-25). "For The Record: Quick News On Justin Timberlake, Naturi Naughton, Jermaine Dupri, Peter Gabriel, High On Fire & More". MTV. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  14. ^ Mancini, Robert (2001-01-16). "Slipknot Prepare For Remix, Grammys, And New LP". MTV. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  15. ^ a b Wiederhorn, Jon (2001-11-28). "Marilyn Manson Drawing From Ministry, Marquis De Sade". MTV. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  16. ^ "In Brief: Beasties, Beanie". Rolling Stone. 2004-04-14. Retrieved 2008-07-23. 
  17. ^ "Puscifer (Maynard James Keenan) set to release "V is for Viagra: The Vagina Remixes"". The Gauntlet. 2008-03-07. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  18. ^ a b "Slipknot hero saves Metallica's day!". Clear Channel Entertainment. Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
  19. ^ "Mettalica, Donnington, the full scoop!". 2008-06-08. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  20. ^ "Slipknot Drummer To Join Satyricon On U.S. Tour". 2004-10-05. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  21. ^ "Satyricon Guitarists Released On Bail; New Court Hearing To Be Scheduled". 2005-01-04. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  22. ^ "Ministry: New Touring Lineup Officially Unveiled". 2006-01-31. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  23. ^ "Ministry: 'Lies Lies Lies' Video Posted Online". 2006-06-03. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  24. ^ "For The Record: Quick News On Nelly Furtado, Lindsay Lohan, Sanjaya, Korn, Ciara, DJ Drama & More". MTV. 2007-04-20. Retrieved 2005-07-22. 
  25. ^ "Slipknot Drummer Jordison Sets Download Record With Fifth Appearance". 2007-06-14. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  26. ^ "Korn: 'Evolution' Video To Feature Slipknot Drummer; Photos Available". 2007-06-14. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  27. ^ "Slipknot drummer to tour with Rob Zombie this Spring and Summer". 
  28. ^ Luerssen, John D. (2005-08-08). "Roadrunner 'All-Stars' Unite For Anniversary". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  29. ^ "Official Artist Biography". Roadrunner United. Roadrunner Records. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  30. ^ Chris Harris and Jon Wiederhorn (2007-04-06). "Metal File: 3 Inches Of Blood Get Deep With Slipknot Drummer & More". MTV. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  31. ^ "Knot of this earth". Drummer. 2008-12. p. 34. 


  • Arnopp, Jason (2001), Slipknot: Inside the Sickness, Behind the Masks, Ebury, ISBN 0091879337 

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