Slipknot have announced that original member Donnie Steele will take the stage with the band this summer in place of the late Paul Gray on bass.
The band said: “Donnie, as some may recall, was the original guitar player in Slipknot and had actually reconnected with Paul in recent years. 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 honouring Paul’s legacy with our families this summer.”
Steele played guitar on Slipknot’s Mate Kill Eat Repeat, but left the band in 1996 due to his religious beliefs. Prior to Slipknot, he played in Body Pit with other Slipknot members Paul Gray, Mick Thomson and Anders Colsefini and death metal outfit Killpact.
His current musical endeavors include Upon Death’s Arrival and teaching guitar at Central Iowa Music Instruction in Des Moines’ East Village.
Slipknot will close Sonisphere Knebworth on the Sunday (10th July) – their first UK appearance since the passing of Paul Gray last year. The band are also confirmed to appear at European legs of Sonisphere in Bulgaria, Greece, Switzerland, Italy, Finland, Sweden and France.
Sonisphere 2011 (UK) returns to Knebworth House, Hertfordshire for it’s strongest billing yet with Biffy Clyro, the return of Slipknot, and for the first time together on British soil, ‘the Big Four‘ – Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax.
Limp Bizkit, Weezer and You Me At Six will also perform across the three day festival which takes place from 8-10 July.
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