Slipknot just performed in Cedar Rapids on Sunday, but maggots (Slipknot fans) already have an event to look forward to closer to home.
"2 Minutes Wasn't Long Enough," an art installation celebrating Slipknot co-founder Paul Gray will be held June 19-20 in the Kum & Go Theater at the Des Moines Social Club. Gray passed away May 24, 2010 of an accidental drug overdose. "2 Minutes" will feature Gray's Slipknot masks, outfits, works by artists, love notes between Gray and his wife Brenna and more.
"I've been wanting to do something for a while now, but I didn't want to do anything too soon after Paul passed," Brenna Gray said during a phone interview. "I wanted to do something for our daughter (October Gray). He passed away right before she was born. I wanted to do this so October could see the impact Paul had on peoples' lives."
The event takes its name from an inscription a fan left following a Slipknot concert in Europe that included a two minute moment of silence. A book was left out for fans to sign and inside Brenna Gray found the note "2 Minutes Wasn't Long Enough." A book with the same "2 Minutes" name will be released at the event, featuring photos of the items in the installation.
On June 19 the Des Moines band Brother Trucker will perform a mix of original songs as well as some of Paul Gray's favorite music. Brenna Gray said she went with the Des Moines Social Club's Kum & Go Theater in part due to Paul Gray's love of the brand.
"Paul had a really weird infatuation with Kum & Go," Brenna said. "He loved wearing their shirts and hats, so it made it even better that it could happen in the Kum & Go Theater.
For now "2 Minutes Wasn't Long Enough" is only set for the two days, though there is the possibility of touring, especially to Paul Gray's hometown of Los Angeles. Brenna Gray wants the exhibit to humanize the bass player and remove the stigma from his death.
"A lot of people think Paul was not a good person because of his drug use, but it was an addiction and unfortunately he lost his battle," Brenna Gray said. "He was very genuine and a great guy. I want people to know that. My daughter, she's the one who misses out in the end. I want her to get a feel of who he was and that people loved him. It's really important to me that October knows he was loved, not just somebody who died from drugs."
"2 Minutes Wasn't Long Enough"
When: June 19-20
Where: Kum & Go Theater, Des Moines Social Club, 900 Mulberry St.