Overnight, SLIPKNOT have made an announcement on their Official Website with regards to who will be taking up bass playing duties on their forthcoming run of summer shows, stepping in for Paul Gray, who sadly past awaqy last May. The post reads as follows:
For their upcoming shows in 2011, Slipknot has asked Donnie Steele to fill in for Paul Gray on bass. Donnie, as some may recall, was the original guitar player in Slipknot and had actually reconnected with Paul in recent years. Said the band on their decision, “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 Paul’s legacy with our families in Europe and Brazil this summer.”
Slipknot will play the UK as headliners at this summers Sonisphere Festival which takes place July 8th-10th at Knebworth.