Joey Jordison

Slipknot Sued By The Estate Of Joey Jordison For Allegedly Attempting To Profit Off His Death (Updated)


There’s more controversy to be found in the Slipknot camp, with the infamous band now facing a new lawsuit filed against it by the estate of their late drummer Joey Jordison. A founding member of the multi-platinum masked metal band, Jordison and the Knot would part ways back in 2013, with his untimely passing following later in 2021.

TMZ report that the overseers of Jordison‘s estate have filed suit against the band’s camp for allegedly using the death of Jordison to attempt to boost sales for their latest studio album, 2021’s “The End, So Far“.

The estate alleges that Slipknot shot callers Corey Taylor & M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan” attempted to integrate Jordison into the album’s promotional campaign, in proclaiming that record as a tribute to him following his death. The company overseeing Jordison‘s estate also further alleges that both Taylor and Crahan lied about contacting members of Jordison‘s family following his death.

The lawsuit further claims that Jordison‘s dismissal from the band took place by email and was staged in light of Jordison‘s battle with acute transverse myelitis. In the years after being let go from the band, Jordison made clear that he “would never have quit Slipknot.”

The suit also airs other grievances against the Slipknot camp, including claims of at least 22 items belonging to Jordison that were allegedly not turned over to the estate. The suit claims that an agreement had been struck for the return of those items, but not everything came back. Instead, the suit claims that some of those items have since been featured in exhibits appearing at Slipknot‘s ‘Knotfest‘ events, leading to further profit off of Jordison.

Slipknot themselves have since filed a request to dismiss this lawsuit. 2023 proved to be a turbulent year for Slipknot, with the band firing Jordison‘s replacement, Jay Weinberg and also parting ways with Craig Jones, their longtime keyboardist/programmer.

Update: December 30th, 2023 02:51pm:

A copy of a tentative ruling handed down on the complaint this past October can be found online via Trellis. A passage from the complaint, which was filed this past June by Steamroller, LLC  (which currently represents Jordison‘s estate,) spells out some of the allegations leveled against Taylor and Crahan:

“While family, friends, and fans mourned the loss of the legendary drummer, neither bandmate [Taylor or Crahan] expressed condolences to Jordison‘s family after his passing. Instead, Taylor and Crahan heartlessly sought to profit off of Jordison‘s death.

Slipknot released a new album in 2022 titled ‘The End, So Far‘. Fan reviews of the album rarely miss the opportunity to lament Jordison‘s absence. Taylor and Crahan callously used Jordison‘s death as marketing for their new album.

Taylor publicly dedicated ‘The End, So Far‘ to Jordison, claiming that the realization of Jordison‘s passing ‘crept in’ while making the album. Taylor even acknowledged that he and Crahan had mistreated Jordison in an interview, telling fans that they ‘were hoping to mend fences with him, and it’s one of those things that tells you: whatever you need to do, do it now, because you never know when you’re gonna lose somebody.'”

The suit also delves into the what appears to be the heart of the matter, the possession and display of a number of items said to have previously belonged to Jordison:

“After abruptly kicking Jordison out of Slipknot in 2013, Taylor and Crahan expressly promised in a written agreement to return all of Jordison‘s belongings in exchange for Jordison‘s promise to release certain claims against them. The agreement contained a non-exclusive list of broad categories of items that [Taylor and Crahan] represented were in their possession and that they would return to Jordison.

[Taylor and Crahan] purported to comply with the agreement by returning certain items to Jordison but, unbeknownst to Jordison, [they] had executed the agreement with no intention of performing their obligations thereunder, and knowingly concealed from Jordison that they possessed numerous other items belonging to Jordison that they never returned to him.”

In light of that allegation, the suit further alleges that Taylor, Crahan and co., “have continued to profit off Jordison‘s death and his grieving fanbase to this day, by displaying Jordison‘s belongings at a traveling Slipknot museum called Knotfest. The museum has made numerous tour stops over the course of several years and [Taylor and Crahan] have profited handsomely from Jordison‘s fans’ willingness to pay admission fees to view Jordison‘s iconic belongings in person.”

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