Paul Gray, bassist for Slipknot, and also known as #2 or “The Pig.” was found dead this morning in a TownPlace Suites hotel room by one of the employees. Police are saying that they don’t believe that foul play was involved (hooray for chickens) but some are speculating a drug overdose. He was only 38.
Before their self-titled album was released, I was a fan of Slipknot. I remember being 16 when a friend came up to visit from the Los Angeles area. He had this cassette with him, and it was a demo/singles tape for Slipknot. It only had like 3 songs on it, but as soon as I heard it, I knew I had to get the album when it came out. That first album was so incredible. The drums were heavy, the vocals were menacing, and every song made you want to leap up and punch somebody in the face. It was fantastic.
In honor of Paul, I leave you with this video, one of my favorite Slipknot songs: