Slipknot announce Paul Gray replacement

Iowa masked metallers Slipknot have recently updated fans on their current line-up, recruiting original guitarist Donnie Steele to replace departed member Paul Gray on live bass duties.

The popular band decided to keep the replacement an ‘in-house’ choice, with Steele initially performing guitar on the group’s 1996 demo, ‘Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat‘.

Gray passed away last May of a reported accidental overdose. Subsequently, Slipknot issued a statement regarding the line-up alteration:

"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 (sic) Paul’s legacy with our families in Europe and Brazil this summer."

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