He was one of the two members not born in Iowa (the other is Jim Root, who was born in Las Vegas). Besides Slipknot, Gray filled in as bassist for Unida during their 2003 tour, appeared on Drop Dead, Gorgeous' Worse Than a Fairy Tale, toured briefly with Reggie and the Full Effect and appeared on the Roadrunner United project, performing bass on "The Enemy" and "Baptized in the Redemption" from the project's album The All-Star Sessions. On May 24, 2010, The Des Moines Register reported that Gray had been found dead in a room at the Towneplace Suites hotel in Urbandale, Iowa at about 10:50 local time. He is survived by his wife Brenna who was expecting their first child at the time of his death. An initial autopsy determined that no foul play or trauma was involved, but could not establish the cause of death. The Polk County medical examiner is currently awaiting the results of a toxicology test. The next day, May 25 2010, The Des Moines Register announced that, according to a 911 tape obtained by WOI-DT, bottles of pills and a hypodermic needle were found next to the body of Gray in his hotel room. On the same day, the band held a formal press conference in Des Moines, Iowa. They did not take any questions from the media. The band, as well as Gray's brother Tony and wife Brenna, paid tribute to him. "He was kind of the person in the band that really wanted everybody in the band to always get along and just concentrate on the band. He was a really great friend and a really great person.
He's going to be sadly missed, and the world is going to be a different place without him." —Shawn Crahan Gray used to wear tape around his head for his mask. Later, he switched to a Halloween styled Pig mask which he used for the self-titled era, and it represented his indulgent personality. He was then criticized by members of Mushroomhead, another band who use masks, costumes, and pseudonyms to differentiate themselves from other bands, who said Paul stole the idea from their bassist who also wears a pig mask. During the touring cycle for Iowa, he used a black mask with dark eye and nose holes, with a small slit near his mouth, and it bore a striking resemblance to the Man in the Iron Mask.
During the Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) touring cycle, his mask took on a more facial shape and contained small angled metal bars inside a larger mouth area. It was decorated with a bullet hole and small cracks. Gray had two masks that he used for the All Hope Is Gone era. The first one was a gray leather mask, almost identical to the one used during the Vol.3 era, except the bars were then vertically lined, and it was indented with small cracks.
His second mask was almost identical to his previous one, except that white paint had been smudged down the mask in a line from the eyeholes, and was adorned with more visible stitches on the face. Gray played left-handed. He commonly used a pick on later releases, but he can be heard using the slapping technique in the songs "Do Nothing/Bitchslap" and "Confessions" on Slipknot's demo Mate. Feed. Kill.
Repeat.. He also had a fingerstyle technique, as seen in the DVD, The Making of All Hope Is Gone. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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