Rockers Slipknot have broken their silence following a string of rumours about JOEY JORDISON's health - insisting the percussionist is not "dead or dying" and putting their scrapped shows down to "personal reasons."
The band pulled out of a music festival appearance in Washington on 22 August (09) after the star was allegedly hospitalised with a "severe medical emergency." The group went on to scrap all of their upcoming shows in August and September (09) - sparking fresh fears for Jordison's health.
Now bassist Paul Gray has issued a statement about the cancelled tour dates, urging fans not to panic. He refuses to reveal the nature of Jordison's condition but has silenced rumours he is seriously ill.
He says, "Let me begin by saying we are very sorry we had to cancel this leg of the tour. As you know, touring is our life; getting in front of you guys and playing keeps this band alive. So it hurts us as much (as) you that we had to do this.
"There are personal issues in the band that need to be taken care of for us to continue touring. Let me emphasise Joey is not dead/dying. He is fine. We are not cancelling our October tour, the band is not breaking up, we are all alive. I am setting the record straight. If you don't hear it from one of us in this band, then it is bulls**t. We are human and s**t happens and that's how life goes, but we are making the best of it right now, as should you."