Slipknot have chosen former member Donnie Steele to replace Paul Gray on their upcoming tour.
Gray, who was 38 years old, passed away last year from an accidental overdose of fentanyl and morphine.
“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,” Slipknot stated on their website. “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.”
Steele was an original guitarist for the band back in the mid-’90s, but left the group in 1996, prior to the release of their debut record. He was replaced by Craig Jones.
06/17 – Athens (GR) – Sonisphere Festival
06/21 – Sofia (BG) – Sonisphere Festival
06/24 – Basel (CH) – Sonisphere Festival
06/25 – Imola (IT) – Sonisphere Festival
06/26 – Dessel (BE) – Graspop Metal Meeting
07/02 – Helsinki (FI) – Sonisphere Festival
07/08 – Amnesville (FR) – Sonisphere Festival
07/09 – Stockholm (SE) – Sonisphere Festival
07/10 – Stevenage (UK) – Knebworth House
09/25 – Rio De Janiero (BR) – Rock In Rio