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Watch Korn play Blind with Slipknot’s Paul Gray on bass

Paul Gray and Jonathan Davis
(Image credit: Gary Miller + Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

As a founding member of Slipknot and a man widely regarded as the band's understated genius, Paul Gray's death on this day in 2010 shocked the metal world. It was the first time we'd seen Slipknot become truly vulnerable: that unstoppable, invincible-seeming band of nine brothers were now eight, and the Des Moines collective were forced to face up to having to continue their career without a man who had done as much to form the very essence of Slipknot's DNA as any other.

It wasn't just within the ranks of Slipknot that Paul Gray was a cherished figure, either. The bassist was beloved and admired right across the metal scene, not least by nu metal founding fathers and friends of the band, Korn, who once even invited Paul out on stage with them to jam a nu metal classic.

Paul's surprise appearance took place on August 19, 2006 on that year's Family Values tour - a stacked bill that included Korn, Deftones, Flyleaf, Dir En Grey and Paul's Slipknot bandmate Corey Taylor with Stone Sour - as the travelling one-day festival rolled into San Bernardino, California. Towards the end of a Korn set that had already witnessed cameos from Deftones' Chino Moreno for a cover of Ice Cube's Wicked and Filter frontman Richard Patrick for a take on Filter banger Hey Man, Nice Shot, Korn typically polished off their set with hallmark anthem Blind

What wasn't typical, however, was the appearance of Paul Gray, who, donning his iconic Slipknot mask, strode on stage to jam the song that kickstarted nu metal, even taking part in a brief bass face-off with Fieldy!

Watch some footage of the iconic moment below. We miss you, Paul.

Merlin stepped into his role as Executive Editor of Louder in early 2022, following over ten years working at Metal Hammer. While there, he served as Online Editor and Deputy Editor, before being promoted to Editor in 2016. Before joining Metal Hammer, Merlin worked as Associate Editor at Terrorizer Magazine and has previously written for the likes of Classic Rock, Rock Sound, eFestivals and others. Across his career he has interviewed legends including Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy, Metallica, Iron Maiden (including getting a trip on Ed Force One courtesy of Bruce Dickinson), Guns N' Roses, KISS, Slipknot, System Of A Down and Meat Loaf. He is also probably responsible for 90% of all nu metal-related content making it onto the site.