Joey Jordison Leaves Ahead for Pro-Mark

In a nod to taking himself seriously, Slipknot’s Joey Jordison has left Ahead drumsticks for Pro-Mark. Whether you’re a Vic Firth, Pro-Mark, Zildjian, Vater, etc… I think we can all agree that Pro-Mark’s a step… well… ahead… of Ahead sticks.



Pro-Mark is proud to announce that Joey Jordison, drummer for the Grammy Award winning heavy metal powerhouse, Slipknot, has joined Pro-Mark’s impressive roster of Autograph Series artists.

The TX515W Joey Jordison model is .551″ (14mm) in diameter, and 16″ long. Made of American Hickory, the TX515W is based on the popular 777 design but slightly shorter in length. The round wood tip provides exceptional articulation, power and consistency. The diameter is the same as the company’s best-selling 5A, so it is a practical stick as well, that should enjoy universal appeal. A Japanese oak version (PW515) of the same stick will be made available at a later date.

The stick features the tribal S that all Slipknot fans have come to know and love as well as Joey’s number “1.” The red ink on the sticks has even been mixed with Joey’s blood!

Said Joey of the sticks, “The first wood stick I ever played was a Pro-Mark, so I’m thrilled to be joining the family! To show everyone just how serious I am about my new signature 515s, I’ve even gone as far as putting my own blood in the ink for them. It’s not just my signature on these sticks, it’s me.”

Fans got to witness Joey playing the sticks for the first time on the band’s recent sold out ALL HOPE IS GONE headline arena tour in the United States. The band is set to hit the road later this month in Canada and the Midwest, and they head to Europe this June to headline some of the biggest festivals in the world, including Download, Roskilde, Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park, among others!

In a first for Pro-Mark, the sticks will be available beginning at 5:15pm on 5-15-09. Retailers are forbidden from selling them prior to that date and time.

The TX515W is in stock and available for immediate delivery. Suggested retail price is $15.25 per pair.

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