Slipknot’s bassist Paul Gray has joined Hail!, the metal supergroup with a line-up including Judas Priest Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens (‘Priest vocalist from 1996-2003) and Sepultura’s guitarist Andreas Kisser. Gray will be standing in for Hail! founding member David Ellefson who is returning to touring duties with Megadeth, with the band starting their Endgame Tour in Latin America this Saturday, 17 April in Mexico City.
“With David Ellefson going back to Megadeth, we needed someone to help fill-in for him as we had a lot of dates scheduled. We all knew Paul and it was actually Andreas who suggested him first. They had worked together pretty extensively during the Roadrunner United show so it just seemed like a very easy and natural fit,” said HAIL! vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens.
Paul Gray said, “Fortunately, I had this window of time available as Slipknot are on break so the timing worked perfectly. These guys have been through it all and they represent true metal brotherhood.”
Hail! will be playing dates at the Rock in Rio festival, with an appearance in Lisbon, Portugal on 30 May and Madrid, Spain on 14 June, while in between those dates they’ll be touring from Siberia to Finland.