Metal Hammer Golden Gods Award winner and Slipknot co-founding member and key songwriter, Joey Jordison has unveiled plans for his long-awaited return in the form of a new musical venture, VIMIC. The band consists of Jordison on drums, singer Kalen Chase Musmecci, who has toured with KORN as a backing vocalist and percussionist, and Joey’s former Scar the Martyr bandmates Jed Simon (guitar), Kyle Konkiel (bass) and Matthew Tarach (keyboards).
VIMIC has signed a management deal with Nashville powerhouse CTK Management, where Jordison will reunite with former member of Slipknot’s original management team Danny Nozell, and will be represented by United Talent Agency’s Neil Warnock internationally and Tim Borror in North America. Additionally, the band is readying the release of a new album for 2017, which will be released on Jordison’s joint venture record label, with the first video & single to be released in December.
“It’s an honor to be back working with one of the world’s best drummers and songwriters. Joey is a metal icon. I look forward to Joey touring globally and reconnecting with his fan base, helping share his new music and talents with the world again,” said Danny Nozell, CEO CTK Management.
“I am very excited to be back in business with Joey,” said Neil Warnock, Head of Music Worldwide at UTA. “I have fond memories of working with him during his time with Slipknot, and am looking forward to making him a global success with Vimic.”
Often referred to as one the best drummers in the world by fans, musicians and media thanks to his unique style, sound and lightning fast technicality, Joey Jordison has, in addition to co-founding Slipknot, worked with some of the biggest selling acts in hard rock and heavy metal, including Metallica, Korn, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson and many more. Before his departure from Slipknot in late 2013, Jordison had been quietly struggling with the career-threatening neurological condition acute transverse myelitis, an inflammation of the spinal cord which damages nerve fibers, which ultimately led to Jordison losing the use of his legs. Never one to quit or back down from a fight, Jordinson overcame the impossible through months and months of rehabilitation, regaining the strength to walk again. He is feeling stronger than ever and is eager to show the world what is possible.
“The band members have just arrived to my home in Des Moines, and the energy and vibe is absolutely magnetic. We are ready to bring back our music, showcase our new live shows to the masses, and show our appreciation to the fans who got us here and supported us in the first place,” Jordinson states. “That’s what matters, the fans!!! It’s been a struggle, but we’ve overcome it and are ready to unleash. Thank you to all who have believed in us, have patiently waited, and continue to stand by our side. We’ll see you soon! Get ready…”
Jordison and VIMIC’s first priority is getting in front of the fans, who have been sending letters, approaching Joey on the street and posting on social media asking when they will be able to see the iconic drummer live. Starting Dec. 26 in Jordison’s hometown of Des Moines, Iowa, the band kicks off a world tour. After the short US run, VIMIC will embark on a UK and European run that will kick off at the end of February through the month of March and into April with dates in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Paris, Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Cologne, Barcelona, Madrid, Milan, Zurich, Tilburg, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Olso and more… VIMIC will also tour Asia, South America, Australia in 2017. Tour dates and ticket links below.
Fans can expect more information, along with additional tour dates and music from the upcoming album, in the coming months on VimicMusic.com and Jordinson’s new website JoeyJordison.com.
December 26 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s Tickets
December 27 Janesville, WI The Back Bar Tickets
December 28 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge Tickets
Author: Buddy Iahn
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