Slipknot stars Joey Jordison and Shawn Crahan have paid an emotional tribute to late bandmate Paul Gray to mark his birthday.
The bassist died from a drugs overdose in an Iowa hotel room last May (10) and his pals spoke out on Friday (08Apr11), the day Gray would have turned 39.
Jordison, who knew Gray since childhood, watched old Slipknot videos to reminisce about the good times with his friend and admits he became teary.
He says, "Today is a day that will have a special place in my heart forever. It's a special day for all, for not only me and the guys in our band and families, but for everyone to put smiles across their faces and to celebrate the emotion and beauty of one of the greatest souls to ever grace music and humanity.
"I spent all of last night watching our videos since our days as little kids who had a dream, and f**k, Paul, we did make that dream come true. I fell asleep last night only to wake up minutes ago with a smile on my face as my slumbers were filled with memories I'd long forgot.
"Even as I write this, my eyes are getting a little watery. He loves all of you who embraced his music. I wish that all of you that couldn't share time with Paul will by playing his records 'til your ceilings crack and your ears bleed and by celebrating his memory in the glory that it is. I love you, Paul, and I'll see you again soon, but not yet… not yet. Hail Paul, hail Slipknot. Your friend, Joey."
Crahan adds, "Today is a very special and beautiful day. I wanted everyone to know that I am the type of person that would not commemorate a day that someone close to me passed away, but I am the type of person that celebrates the day that they were born.
"Today is the day that Paul Dedrick Gray was born which makes it a very, very, very special day for me and all of us who miss and love him and think about him every day. Paul, I love you and I miss you. Your friend and brother forever, Clown."