Real Name: Sidney George Wilson
Sid is a sick son of a Bitch.
He's really sarcastic, and he claims he suffers from 'organic brain syndrome'.
Sid and Shawn maintain a rivalry, which usually breaks out as violence on stage.
Sid is definitely one of the craziest people in the band, he has stage dived from a 2 storey balcony.
Sid is the youngest of the band.
Joey describes Sid as a "lady's man" .
Sid's family is from England.
Sid is the crowd surfer of the band. He's not the only member that does, but he'll do some crazy shit.......
Sid was born with 6 fingers on each hand, they were amputated at birth, Shawn: "They cut off his goddamn fingers cos society doesn't like them. Think what a DJ he coulda been with those extra fingers! We've been deprived of that cos of those motherfuckers!"
Rumour: When asked what hobbies he had he responded: "snowboarding, sculpting with clay and cooking."
Band he would most like to play/tour with: "It wouldn't go in with the genre of Slipknot, but me personally, it would be the Beastie Boys. At the point where I got into DJing, break dancing and hip hop, the Beastie Boys were a big part of that . I have always listened to them."
Sid's musical Influences:
1. Grandmaster Flash
2. DJ Jazzy Jeff
3. DJ Cash Plenty
4. Invisible Scratch Pickles Crew
5. Executioners (formerly the X-Men)
6. S.P.C. (scroll down for more about SPC)
Best Concert: The first time I saw Slipknot. I was going to try out for the band, so I went to a show here in Des Moines, Iowa. This was a few years ago. When I saw them, I knew I had to be in this band.
First Concert: When I was three years old, my family went to the Iowa State Fair and saw Sheena Easton.
Performance: Most recently was our last London show. They had this huge balcony twenty-five feet high. I stood on top of the railing and jumped off backwards with my body straight and my arms out to the side. The crowd caught me.
Moment in the studio: I think Purity. There was a lot of emotion, vibing up each other, and taking it to the next level. It just kind of happened.
1. Drunken Master 2
2. Black Mask
3. Man on the Moon
4. Evil Dead
5. Evil Dead 2
6. Army of Darkness
1. Hed: Drool
2. Nine Inch Nails: The Fragile
2. Black Mask
Quote - "Wearing this mask prevents the oxygen from going to my skull. I get hallucinations and stuff. Half the time, I don't know what's going on around me. Its up to the clown to intimidate me and keep me in line."
"My name's Sid, I'm the DJ guy, I'm the filth epitome, #0"
Rumour: On a Howard Stern show, Sid wanked in the corner of the room - make of it what you will.
Mask - Sid wears a variety of gas masks and has around 8 which all have names.
MEANING: "That's too much of a deeper conversation to get into. You need much more time to ask me a question like that, Another time."
Real Name: Nathan Jonas Jordison
Nathan Jonas Jordison (born on April 26, 1975 in Des Moines, Iowa) more commonly known as Joey Jordison, is an American drummer and guitarist. He is best known for his role as the drummer for nu metal band Slipknot during the 1990s and 2000s as well as substituing for drummer John Dolmayan of System of a Down during a concert October 31st, 2001 as well as filling in for Metallica Drummer in 2004's Download Festival. Joey also went on Tour with Korn in 2007 before they started recording the new album and when Corey and Jim were with Stone Sour and Slipknot were on hiatus. He is also well known as the guitarist for Murderdolls, a glam metal/horror punk band which he founded in the 2000s, that is currently on indefinite hiatus due to the Murderdolls' members' side projects.
What exact event spurred Joey onto his love for metal? Joey started his passion in 1982 at the age of six, having seen a news report stating that a metal star had bitten the head off of a bat the night before. "I immediately thought that Ozzy ruled". Soon after he bought the "Blizzard of Oz" album and the Sickness had started. "It hasn't left me to this day, It was meant to be. It was almost like Ozzy bit the head off a bat to pass the torch way early on, to another sick band."
Joey's First Drumkit: He got this in 5th grade, having previously played guitar in some old primary school bands. The drum set came to him as a surprise gift from his parents; they had asked him to go into the basement in search of an "Elton John" tape, to Joey's astonishment within the basement he found a fully set up drum kit.
Jordison had worked at a gas station in Waukee, Iowa and played in various extreme metal bands from around the Des Moines area, including Modifidious and Anal Blast. Slipknot released an album in 1996 named Mate.Feed.Kill.Repeat. Only 1000 copies were ever made and sold worldwide. It wasn't until their second album that they began to garner significant attention, charting at a respectable #51 on the Billboard chart. Jordison, along with his band, played in several Ozzfest tours, headlining the tour in 2001.
Another Slipknot album " Iowa" was released in 2001 this saw Jordison's band reaching super-stardom, the album debuted in at #3 in the US Billboard charts and number #1 in both the United Kingdom and Canada's national charts. After touring relentlessly, Slipknot went on hiatus.
During this time Jordison remixed "Fight Song" for Marilyn Manson and was also featured in Marilyn Manson's "Tainted Love" video. In 2002, Jordison, with Wednesday 13 and Tripp Eisen , formed what would become his second most popular band, The Murderdolls .
He played un-masked with the Murderdolls and they recorded the album "Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls". The glam metal / horror punk band became very popular (in the United Kingdom and China in particular) before the group went on hiatus in order for Jordison to return to Slipknot. Jordison still plays with Slipknot but Murderdolls has disbanded as Wednesday 13 has started a solo career with 2 albums, the latest being Fang Bang. Wednesday and Joey have said they are busy with other bands at the moment though Murderdolls could reform in the future.
Since returning to Slipknot, Jordison recorded a fourth album with the group, " Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses) ", released in 2004. The album climbed to #2 on the Billboard chart, and also reached #2 status in the United Kingdom.
In the summer of 2004 at Download Festival , Lars Ulrich of headliners Metallica became ill, and was unable to perform with the band. Jordison and Dave Lombardo stepped up and filled in for Ulrich. Joey played most of the set with Metallica. In December of 2004 Joey filled in for drummer Frost of Norwegian black metal band Satyricon for the band's tour of the United States after Frost was unable to get into the country. He also drummed for Ministry on their tour for the Rio Grande Blood album.
Recently, Jordison played a big part in the 25-year anniversary of Roadrunner Records , the record label which both of his bands - Slipknot and Murderdolls - are signed onto. Jordison was one of the four "team captains" for the project. His role involved organizing a "core band" of other musicians past and present on the Roadrunner label, and choosing vocalists to sing on his songs. Jordison produced, wrote, and played drums on the songs Annihilation By The Hands Of God , Tired 'N Lonely (also played bass guitar ), No Way Out (also played bass guitar), Constitution Down and Enemy Of The State . It is said that in the first meeting about which musicians on the Roadrunner label to approach for this project, Jordison's was the first name to come up. On the DVD for The All-Star Sessions, Jordison can be seen working on the tracks at a studio in Des Moines, Iowa, and is not wearing his famed Slipknot kabuki mask.
There is meaning behind each Slipknot members' mask. They are a reflection of their personalities or a past personal experience. Jordison's Japanese Noh mask reflects a personal experience; when he was younger his mother wore the mask when she came home from Halloween drunk. He was terrified of the emotionless stare of the mask. In the early days of Mate Feed Kill Repeat (album) he wore one plain white. For the Self-Titled album Slipknot, he decorated it with a few stripes and dots of paint. In Iowa he painted it with fake blood all over his mask, and for Vol. 3 he did a variation of designs on it, more notable with claw slashes. He also quotes: "The design enables it to feel however you want it to feel; scary, evil or perverted. All those things held in one mask". His new mask showed at the Fuse Fangoria Award show is gray with black markings.
Joey wears an expressionless Japanese "kabuki" mask that is now marked up with black and red paint for a darker look. He got the idea when one night (Halloween, mid 80s) his mum was waiting up for him and we he came home trashed , hiding behind the door was his mum in a robe with this Kabuki mask on, he says it scared the fuck out of him. MEANING: "It's open ended and it's got so many different meanings that you can't just pin point, stereotype or pigeon hole. It could be love, beauty, hate, disgust - it's all that stuff in one!"
He says he's 5'4 but in actual fact he is 5'3. He is an UNBELIEVABLE drummer and he can also play guitar. He's talkative, diminutive, and just really down to Earth. He's the shortest one of the lot and is also one of the original members of Slipknot. Before joining he was part of the band Anal Blast. Joey created the now commonly used term of maggot and apparently he also has an obsession with Fiona Apple. Joey has written many songs, one of them being Scissors which appeared on the self-titled album, which was consequently mixed by him as well. Joey attained the nickname "Superball" after one show that Slipknot played crap in, so he got mad and started "bouncing around the room" Joey worked at a record store called "Music Land" and a gas station called "Sinclair's". He worked at the garage four nights a week for 10 hours after being tempted by a friend, to get a job their. Although receiving poor grades in school due to a devotion to music, he eventually graduated with honours.
Joey likes to wear a black hood that says "Little People Kill People". The tribal "S" that has originated as their logo was originally drawn by Joey, it was later used as a tattoo for Anders and then got promoted to a Slipknot emblem. Joey also drew the main Slipknot logo, and the large "K" and "T" may come from the fact that at that time he was a huge KoRn fan. Joey is also really into a lot of Death Metal bands and was a huge fan of "Kiss" seeing them as larger than life super heroes, the other band he loved was "Black Sabbath". Joey used to cut the arms and legs off of his coveralls, making it a tad easier to beat on things.
Quote - "Ross (Robinson) is insane! Once, when we were recording here, he threw a potted plant at me. It exploded on the wall over my head and the dirt went in my mouth. It was awesome."
"It is pretty much covered by music 24/7. Aside from that, maybe video games, sleeping and sex."
Real Name: Paul Dedrick Gray
Paul Gray (born April 8, 1972) was the bassist for the nine-piece nu metal band Slipknot.
He lives with his family in Des Moines, IA.
He has sung back up vocals for some of the Slipknot songs, such as "Spit It Out" and "Disasterpiece" - usually when Corey Taylor's voice has become too dry, tired, and hoarse.
He was formerly in bands such as Anal Blast, Vexx, Body Pit, Inveigh Catharsi, and was one of the original members of Slipknot, along with Shawn Crahan and Anders Colsefini. He is also on tour with Reggie and the Full Effect.
Paul Gray was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs in 2004.
Paul uses a Warwick Jazzman bass (4-string and 5-string).
Paul was also involved with a project called "F.O.R." with Benji Heldberg (formerly of Black Flood Diesel and now with American Head Charge)....
Some of his masks include a latex pig face and black death mask that resembles the mask worn by Hannibal Lecter ; the mask has nails going through the mouth socket. Also, in the "Houdini Mansion", during a photo shoot, the forehead of the mask was re-constructed to make it look as if there was a bullet-hole through it. Additionally at this time, green colouring was added to cracks in the mask.
Paul is a cofounder of Slipknot with Shawn (6) and Anders. Seems to be a friendly person, with an indulgent personality. Paul was not born in Des Moines Iowa, unlike the rest of the band, he was born in LA and moved when he was young. Apparently he is half black and once burnt a picture of KoRn posing for Calvin Klein live on stage. He has appeared in bands such as Vexx, Body Pit, Anal Blast and Inveigh Catharsis all before Slipknot, he also made an appearance with Davo's band, "The Havenots".
Quote - "When we go to radio stations for interviews, we wear the masks and never fail to freak people out. Are the masks a fetish thing? I'm definitely into that stuff. Des Moines definitely has more than its fair share of freaks."
Mask - Paul wears a latex pig's face mask. MEANING: "Right now it represents breathing problems and it's somewhat more uncomfortable than the last ones"
First band- 1989- 1991: VeXX
Josh from Slipknot was guitarist/singer
Paul from Slipknot was bassist Anders was drummer
Second band- 1991- 1993: Inveigh Catharsis Same line-up as above
However with a new wave of popularity in death metal, Paul formed a new band, named, Body Pit. In it came and began to take over, pushing bands such as Joey's, Modifidious, out of the picture. This band also employed the services of Mick Thompson. However despite this addition to the band, it soon broke up.
Third band- 1993- 1995: Body Pit
Mick: Guitar (Slipknot)
Donnie Steele (original Slipknot guitarist)
Danny Spain- drums (Deadfront)
Paul: Bass (Slipknot)
Fourth band- 1994: Anal Blast
Fifth band- 1995- Present: Slipknot
Donnie S.- guitars
Joey Jordison- drums
Paul Gray was found dead on May 24th 2010 in his hometown of Des Moines, Iowa. Paul died of an accidental overdose of morphine and fentanyl, a medical examiner has ruled. Paul did not have prescriptions for the drugs, and police are investigating where the 38-year-old musician from Johnston got them. Gray’s body was discovered about 10:50 a.m. May 24 by a maintenance worker at TownePlace Suites, 8800 Northpark Drive in Urbandale.
Morphine is an opium-based narcotic that is used to relieve severe pain. Fentanyl is a synthetic form of morphine that may be hundreds of times more potent than morphine, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Like morphine, fentanyl is commonly used for anesthesia and pain relief in medical settings. However, fentanyl manufactured in illegal labs has caused thousands of overdose deaths in recent years, according to the DEA website. Its effects are indistinguishable from the effects of heroin.
After his death, fellow band members described Gray as the soul of the band. His wife, Brenna, said at a press conference that she was pregnant with his daughter.
Real Name: Christopher Michael Fehn
Nicknamed "Mr Picklenose"
Chris Fehn was born February 24, 1972 and is one of two percussionists in the nu metal band Slipknot. Chris uses a Pinocchio style mask, which has been seen in many different colors and styles with the nose of the mask always staying at 71⁄2 inches (about 19 cm) long. Chris's mask is most likely based on the masks worn by doctors during the Black Plague, where the nose was filled with herbs to 'protect' the doctor from inhaling the fumes of death, or possibly on the mask Alex wore during the rape scene from the film A Clockwork Orange.
Chris was a college football kicker before the start of Slipknot. He does most of the backup vocals together with Shawn "Clown" Crahan, but bassist Paul Gray also performs them in many live songs.
Chris is known as the soft spoken joker of the band. I mean, really... how could he not be with that mask?
Chris is the co-drummer and also the first percussionist.
Chris is the comedian of the band and on the bonus tracks of the self titled album he can be heard puking (within his initiation test).
Rolling Stone has described him as the most handsome and wholesome member of the band.
Chris enjoys "jacking off" his nose, he can be seen doing this in not only the Spit it Out video but also in many interviews and on Conan O'Brien.
There are also rumours that Chris is the original member of Slipknot Cuddles, THIS IS NOT TRUE!
Chris actually owns 5 types of masks which are mostly different colors. His best-known mask is the regular tanned leather mask used during the Iowa tour and videos. Another well known mask is Fehn's red mask used mainly in the Subliminal Verses tour.
Chris told a local interviewer backstage at Slipknot's second Ozzfest show: "This mask reflects my comic personality. Plus I chose it for the bondage factor. When you put it on, it takes you to another place. It's very hot, it's very tight, and it hurts — that goes along with the aggression we create." In a more recent interview in London Fehn claimed that "The smell gets worse, it smells like puke, sweat and something else I'm not sure of."
Quote - "This mask reflects my comic personality. Plus I chose it for the bondage factor. When you put it on, it takes you to another place. Its very hot, its very tight, and it hurts - that goes along with the aggression we create."
Mask - Chris wears a bondage type Pinnochio mask, with a nose about 7-8 inches long. He has several different versions of this mask. MEANING: "At the moment I have absolutely no idea what this mask means because it's a long time since I had this fucking thing on, but I'll figure it out real fucking quick. Oh but it's all so good..."
Old Bands - Chris was previously in a band called "Shed".
Real Name: James Donald Root
Nicknamed "The Jester"
James "Jim" Root (born October 2, 1971) is the current rhythm guitarist for Slipknot and the current lead guitarist for Stone Sour.
He joined during the end of the recording of the self-titled album. At this point, former guitarist Josh Brainard had decided to leave the band due to his unhappiness with the direction of the band.
Singer Corey Taylor invited James to join the band, knowing him from their previous effort together, the first incarnation of Stone Sour . The only track on the self-titled album on which James can be heard is Purity, but this song was removed from the album due to a lawsuit and subsequent copies of the album do not feature any of James' playing.
Like the rest of Slipknot , Jim is from Des Moines, Iowa. At 6'6", he is the tallest member of the band. He worked as a screen printer, waiter, and bus boy before joining Slipknot. James has played in previous bands such as Deadfront, Anal Blast, and Atomic Opera. James is also the co-guitarist for Stone Sour.
He and Corey reunited the band during the hiatus between the Slipknot albums Iowa and Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)
James's playing in Stone Sour concentrates more on building melodic metal anthems. It has been rumored that he will be releasing a signature Fender Telecaster in early 2007, and this was confirmed by James Root in a recent interview in the January '07 issue of "Total Guitar" magazine..
When James first joined Slipknot, he adopted ex-guitarist Josh Brainard 's mask. It was a black bondage mask that covered most of his head. He had purple hair at the time and used to pull parts of it up through a hole in the top of the mask. After a couple of shows and one photo shoot, he decided to change masks, as the bondage mask was too uncomfortable to allow him to concentrate on playing. He adopted a jester's mask, said to represent that side of his personality. His most recent mask is a variation of this mask. It is still a jester's mask, but this one lacks the red diamond detailing around the eyes and a zipper in between the lips.
Real Name: Craig Michael Jones
Craig "133" Jones, born Craig Michael Jones on February 11, 1972, is a musician, better known as the sampler/keyboardist.
In the early days, Craig originally joined Slipknot as a guitar player to fill in for Donnie Steele, but later switched to being in control of the samples working with Sid Wilson. Craig also controls the guitar effects used live.
His mask in the early days of Slipknot was a Gas Station mask with long needles, but eventually switched to a tight leather mask with six inch nails in it. While all of the Slipknot band members wear their stage masks in the public eye, most have been seen without their masks, mainly due to side projects they may be involved in that do not have this same tradition. Craig Jones is the most elusive face of Slipknot, and until the the 'Duality' video shoot in Des Moines, IA, no fan had ever seen his true face knowingly.
He is a video game fanatic and gets his ideas for samples in songs from movies. Eg: The line "Here comes the pain" in the track "(Sic)" was taken from Carlito's Way; the voice was of Al Pacino. The opening track for their self-titled album was created by Craig, and the dialogue in the background, "The whole thing I think, is sick", was taken from a Charles Manson documentary.
Craig has also never been quoted officially as having made any comments to interviewers, preferring to start an interview with the zip covering his mouth opened, and closing it in answer to any questions asked. During photo shoots, he wears patches over his eyes to keep his anonymity. He is also known to leave shows early for the same reason. It would seem he is rather isolated and independent, which is why he is probably looked upon as the "darkest" member of the band.
James Root once said about Jones that: "He even scares me. I kind of feel I'm doing a service to the community by knowing where Craig is from day to day."
There is a persistent rumor that his only words have been when an interviewer asked him to describe himself; "I have a rather slim, serial killer profile." Craig Jones has given an interview about his samples to the company Cakewalk , which is the company he prefers when doing samples.
In the new Slipknot DVD Voliminal: Inside The Nine, all band members were individually interviewed unmasked, but Craig never said a word and his face is blurry. Craig was asked how many people were buried in his backyard, but he did not say a word.
So you're wondering how the sound in the very beginning of the CD is made. Well, that's made by Craig, the sampler. He puts some crazy twists on the CD by adding sounds from movies such as "Carlito's Way" (sic) into the music. He was also, supposedly the Webmaster of Slipknot1.com, this may have changed though. After Slipknot is done playing a set, Craig leaves and secludes himself, he is isolated and independent from Slipknot.
Craig is married and he originally joined the band as a guitarist but was replaced by Mick so that he could work on the samples. He is a computer freak and when playing Quake 3 his screen name is ZZ 5 along with his own skin which looks just like him. To prevent his eyes being seen in photo shoots he covers them with leather, he also prefers not to take part in interviews, remaining anonymous.
"Very quiet, the epitome of Killers Are Quiet. I remember him going with me and some others to the 1988 And Justice for All - Metallica/The Cult concert. My car's radiator blew on the way home." Craig didn't record MFKR, although his pic is in the inside sleeve of the album. The samples were put together by Anders and producer Sean Mcmahon after MFKR was recorded. Not many people know this but Craig actually joined the band as a guitarist to take over Donnie Steele's Position. His sampling was integrated into the mfkr songs for example the song gently started off with a sample from the movie "Falling down" featuring the conversation between "d-fens" and the army surplus Nazi."
Quote - "Sometimes, when we are working our way up to the stage, we'll shove our way through the crowd. When people see me coming, they mostly get out of the way. But sometimes they don't..."
Mask - He wears a "diver's" (actually a gas station helmet) with nails coming out of the top. Apparently his old mask's "diving helmet" used to be a cheap plastic Sinclair (gas station) racing helmet. His mask, initially when he joined Slipknot, was a pantyhose which was accompanied with a SPAM T-shirt to every gig, the mask changed with the change of instrument, to the black helmet. Eventually He painted it black, put nails through it, and put a gas mask on it, a camera flash was added to the top but this was later removed. This mask apparently represented pain.
Useless fact: Craig used to wear a wolf skin mask during the very early shows. An exact replica of this mask was used in the United Kingdom's, Channel 5 remake of the Shining. Just a little thing I noticed while watching it the other night (25 Jun 2001).
Other Stuff: "A long time ago, back when they were playing at Mary's, someone did get a little close to getting hurt. Someone came up from behind him and startled him. He can't hear a lot in that mask because it's pretty airtight. When they came up behind him, they were wanting his autograph and they tapped him on his shoulder. He wasn't expecting anyone to come up behind him and he whipped around a little and one of the nails on his mask got caught in a chick standing next to him's hair. It took Paul and Shawn just a few seconds to get them untangled. That's as close to anything that I know of as far as any incidents with Craig's masks."
Played guitar in thrash metal bands before Slipknot.
Josh/Joey/Craig - Modifidious: In this band he played guitar as a replacement for Bruce who had left to join Atomic Opera. This is how he met Joey.
1995 - CURRENT: Slipknot
Real Name: Michael Shawn Crahan
Shawn "Clown" Crahan, born on (September 24, 1969), is a percussionist in the nu metal band Slipknot. He has a set of deeply tuned toms (drums) on which he provides a powerful backup (along with Chris Fehn #3) to the drumming of Joey Jordison. He has a height of 5'7". According to Slipknot, he was one of the first band members to wear a mask (he had an old clown mask). He found his mask sitting lonely in a shop one day and he decided "it was right."Personal
Shawn was an executive producer for the Mudvayne album L.D. 50 as well as the 40 Below Summer album Invitation to the Dance . He has also made a brief appearance in the American Head Charge music video for "Just So You Know" and remixed one of their tracks for the Just So You Know single release.
Disasterpieces ( 2002 )
Voliminal: Inside the Nine - Director/Producer/ ( 2006 )
Quote - "I've wanted to be a clown because there's something nice about me, and something pretty twisted as well. If someone stares at me on my way to the stage, I don't get up until they look away first. I am on a world-domination mission. Slipknot isn't just an average band. It's not just music. It's a way of life and it's the real way of life. When I go on-stage, the rock'n'roll cliche can go die. There's no place for that anymore. My whole deal is, when we've reached everyone and everyone understands, I'm gone. I'm out. I've done it." - Shawn Crahan (Clown masked Percussionist and founding father (#6).
Shawn had a clown's mask that he found around 15 years ago. MEANING: "I'm going to fucking kill every motherfucker here! What was the question? The mask? IT represents my death."
Shawn also is the founder of Big Orange Clown uint of Sanctuary Records , and signed metalcore act, Gizmachi . Shawn is also the drummer and vocalist for the band To My Surprise . He appears unmasked in this band.
Heads on the wall: 1993 - 1995 Shawn - Drums
Quan - Guitar: This band played four shows with Slipknot's drummer Joey Jordison 's band, Modifidious .
Slipknot : 1995 - Present
To My Surprise : 2003 - Present
Shawn was an executive producer for the Mudvayne CD LD.. 50. Clown has also made a brief appearance in the American Head Charge video, 'Just So You Know'. He has also remixed one of their tracks for the 'Just So You Know' single release.
1. Just So You Know (Short Attention Span Mix)
2. Just So You Know (Clown #6 Remix)
3. Real Life
4. Just So You Know (Video)
"Crahan is the band's engine, the core of the madness. There are slogans: "I don't want to push the envelope, I AM the envelope" There is darkness: "I want to do a documentary on the slaughter and sectioning of livestock carcasses." But most of all there is the splendid hatred of society's rules. "Be a boy! Ride a bike like this! Breathe this air! No dude, I've had enough! Fuck that! I'm checkin' out!" Crahan says he had a happy youth. His parents financed Slipknot in the early days and he professes nothing but the utmost respect for them. In the early '90s he had a drink problem, exacerbated when he bought a Des Moines bar. Frustrated by the lack of success, he says he would have killed himself if he hadn't met his wife Chantal. "My saviour, my hero," he says. "She saved my life." - Q Music - Find the complete article under the articles section of the site.
Shawn found a dead crow in his driveway, and kept it in a big, commercial pickle jar, and carried it around at shows until it turned to mush. During shows Shawn would open the jar, this would cause him to vomit all over the place and also cause fans to start vomiting all over the place. It was (sic), it was kept in the jar with all the bacteria and flesh eating creatures. It started secreting this brown liquid and became a fine sauce. Some kids broke the jar open and played catch with it for a while and now it's disposed. At one radio interview Shawn took it along and freaked out the radio person who was also afraid of clowns.
BEAVER TAIL "Rumour":
A cop gave Shawn a dead beavers tail because the cop didn't know how to get rid of it. Shawn didn't know what to do with it so on stage he and corey squeezed all the juices out of it into their faces and then they ate it. Afterwards they were throwing up like crazy and asking each other why the fuck they did that.
Shawn was a regular attendee to the "Runway" club for which he paid $7 to enter each time. It was where the people who liked proper music gathered. However within this club Shawn was still disgraced at the number of competing cover bands that would out shine other; more original bands. Crahan did however manage to allow "all aged" shows to take place within the club on Sundays. For a while Shawn's discontent was settled with such bands as Modifidious and Body Pit, however these bands all broke up within a very short space of each other and the metal Scene had once again disappeared. Shawn now had to put up with cover bands once again. At this point Shawn knew he had to do something different and one day the concept of Slipknot came to him.
Shawn owned the "The Safari Club" within Des Moines for a short time (he bought it in January 1997), one of the only places to see new rock and punk acts. As Slipknot got huge though, it became too much to manage and had to be shut down, it later re-opened as Hairy Mary's (information about club in history section of site).
Real Name: Mickael Gordon Thomson
Nicknamed "Mr Seven"
Mick Thomson (born November 3 , 1973 ) is the lead guitarist for the nine-piece band Slipknot. Thomson is known as #7 in the band and despite popular belief his name is spelt Mick Thomson not Thompson .
Before Slipknot, Mick was in the band Bodypit with former Slipknot members Anders Colsefini , Donnie Steele and current bassist Paul Gray .
Originally, Mick donned a Jason-style hockey mask, painted a dark pea green type color. This can be seen on the cover of their self titled major label debut, "Slipknot." Shortly after Mick wore a dark silver leather mask comprised of separate pieces bound with metal rivets, with a nose opening cutout and vertical slats for his mouth. For Vol. 3, he switched to a molded latex mask based on the previous design, with some updated features.
Real Name: Corey Todd Taylor
Nicknamed "The Boogie Knight"
Corey Taylor, born December 8, 1973, is the lead singer of nu metal band Slipknot and vocalist and occasional guitarist of the band Stone Sour, the latter being formed prior to the commercial success of Slipknot.
Battles With Alcoholism
Known as "the guy that was always ready to go out and do shots", Corey's drinking became more and more problematic as time went by. Eventually it reached a point where Taylor would begin to drink as soon as he got up in the morning and generally would not stop until blacking out. According to Taylor, the problem began to eat away at his family life as he became more and more apathetic to the people and things surrounding him.
Taylor finally made several attempts at suicide . All this culminated to the night of November 14 , 2003 . On this night, Taylor was about to jump off of the eighth story balcony of the Hyatt on Sunset Boulevard but his wife, Scarlett, managed to talk him down. After this incident Scarlett told him either he had to sober up and start being a father and husband or she was leaving with their kids.
Corey chose to quit drinking and go sober rather then lose his family. The next year would prove to be "the worst year of his life" as Taylor struggled to redefine himself as a person and give up his partying persona and repair the damage that he had done to his body. He spent the year in self-imposed isolation, claiming that he "pushed his wife away for a while and was a really selfish, cold dick". In the process, the struggle would fuel some of his songs with Stone Sour, such as "Socio" and "Zzyzx Rd". Finally, Taylor would come to grips with his sobriety and began to use it as a source of inspiration.
In September of 2004, fans of Taylor were alarmed by quickly circulating rumors that he had died. The rumors were started by a website that had declared Taylor's death on the Friday of September 10, 2004. Further fanning the flames of the speculation into the matter, radio personality Mancow Muller discussed the subject of Taylor's death on his show on the following Tuesday, September 14.
According to Scarlett, the rumors first attributed Taylor's death to a drug overdose, then later to a fatal car crash. The whole incident happened to coincide with a birthday for Taylor's son on the following Friday (September 17). The sudden and unexpected influx of people going into the Taylor household for Taylor's son's birthday party only caused even higher heights of concern, causing even Taylor's manager to call them and confirm that Taylor was alright. Finally Taylor decide to put the issue to rest, walking out onto his front patio and yelling to the crowd "I am not dead." Laughing, his father-in-law backed him up, "Rumors of his death have been greatly exaggerated".
Meeting His Father
Taylor grew up not knowing his father. His father left prior to his birth and, at the request of Taylor's mother, remained absent from Taylor's life. It would not be until many years later that the two of them would finally meet. Scarlett took it upon herself to confront Taylor's mother about the issue, demanding that she reveal to Scarlett whatever she could about Taylor's father. When Taylor's mother finally agreed, Scarlett hired a private detective to find Taylor's father.
When the two of them finally met, the reunion turned out very well, starting off with the two of them having reportedly "cried for about 20 minutes". Taylor was overjoyed by the reunion saying that "a whole new chapter in [his] life has opened".
Corey was also in Bloodfest and Dead Second. After Corey leaving Stone Sour for Slipknot the band ultimately finished. Jim Root also played in this band. Corey + Joel wrote most of the Stone Sour songs. They were like "Faith No More/AIC/Tool with a lot of other little elements thrown in."
But in 2002, Stone Sour once again were back in action when Josh Rand approached Corey with new material he had been working on. Corey and Jim went on to take a break from Slipknot. Since then, Stone Sour has gone on to release two albums, Self Titled and Come What(ever) May and were both very successful records.
Corey appeared on the Spider-Man soundtrack with the track, 'Bother'. It shows his true singing ability and has silenced many critics.
He was quoted as saying to Rock Sound Magazine from the UK: I've been trying to get on this soundtrack for a year! Anyone who knows me knows I am the biggest Spiderman freak of all time! I started putting the word out and said I'd do a song with someone else just to be on that soundtrack, that's how much it meant to me! I've been waiting since 1993 for this movie to come out and I had this song called 'Bother', which is me and an acoustic guitar."
Last year I was like, 'Fuck it, I'll record it'. If nothing else it'd be just for me to have on record. So I recorded this song, sent it to my manager, he heard it and was like, 'Holy shit' and he took it to the girl who was putting the soundtrack together. She flipped, and so automatically I'm flying to LA to record this song and it was weird! It was the first time I've ever been in the studio doing anything by myself and on a professional level. It came out really good. This is a song I wrote seven years ago so I'm pretty happy with it!"
Corey Taylor's first mask, which was originally made from a crash test dummy-style halloween mask, is equipped with brown and blonde dreadlocks made from his real hair. It is said that his new mask is now inspired by Texas Chainsaw Massacre 's Leatherface
RUMOURS: He has been known to dress as a priest onstage. Corey is apparently a fan of "Mike Patton" who has been in Faith No more, Fantamos and Mr Bungle. According to Shawn Corey has an 18 inch neck. Corey prefers the nickname "FAITH".
Quote - "We aren't hiding behind these masks, we're actually revealing more to you than you might think. The mask I wear brings out all the shit inside me that I hate. Plus it hurts like hell, which helps my intensity." "If you feel like talking, you talk, if you don't, you don't" �So many people are like, 'Gimmick, gimmick, gimmick!', Fuck you! You don't know what we're about! Our motto has always been, 'Music First.' Even if the masks and the coveralls weren't there, the music would still be good."
Mask - Used to be a leather face cover, with brown/blonde dreads. Yes, some of the dreads were made of his real hair. He used to wear them through the mask, but he cut them off because it was a pain to pull them through. Also, he was always changing his hairstyle. Now, his mask is made out of moulded latex instead of leather. Most of the dreads now seem to be fake. MEANING: "Twenty-seven, What does that mean? You'll figure it out" "Complete pain, it represents everything I fucking rally against, there is so much hate, blood, spit and puke in that fucking mask just from playing, I put it on every night and I remember why I am playing. I go from me now to the person I was when I wrote the songs."
Corey and his several types of "singing/shouting":
1) When he's actually singing (wait and bleed, mid point of no life)
2) Crazy screaming (beginning of sic and Eyeless), (surfacing fuck it all part)
3) Slow talking (I can't see, I can't be.., purity)
4) Fast talking (spit it out, no life)
5) Melodic (prosthetics, scissors)
6) Raspy scream (tattered and torn)
7) Normal scream. Like in only one, diluted, etc.
Young: At a young age Corey liked to get down to the likes of "The King" - Elvis, thanks to influences from his grandmother. "Elvis was a great singer". His grandmother also helped him with buying equipment and his talent for music.
A ghost? During Corey's youth he and some friends often talked about a burnt out old house that they dared not go near. Then one night they all decided to make their way towards the house; to their surprise it was all lit up and after hearing noises they ran screaming.
What was high school like?
"I got kicked out, basically, my junior year i started a riot in the lunch room, because of the atrocious food. They kindly asked me to leave and i threw a chair at the vice principal."
When did you start out with music?
"The first live gig i ever did was actually with Stone Sour. This was in '92. I was 19 years old and i was so nervous man. We would do originals and covers and we would play three one-hour sets a night. We would do that four or five fucking days a week. It kind of taught you a work ethic, you know?"
How did you feel when you were offered the Slipknot gig?
"I was at the very first Slipknot show. And then the next day, Slipknot and Stone Sour actually played together, which was crazy, you know? But i can always remember thinking to myself, 'I want to sing for this band!'. And then, two years later, they came to me and asked me. Slipknot wanted the best people in the scene and at the time i was the best singer in Des Moines, Iowa. I was like "this if fucking huge". Cos at the time it was still very experimental and very eclectic, and i loved that. It wasn't until we got signed that it became very narrow, and just all about the heavy all the time. And it really kinda choked alot od the love out of it for me".
Can you pin-point where you crossed the line, when things started getting dark?
"For me it really hit a wall recording the Vol 3 album. There were other things going on in m life that were making me abysmal, basically, as a person. I always had a bottle of Jack next to my dresser. I was the guy at last call that would order four drinks so i could drink right up until i went out the door. I'd wake up in different places, not knowing how i got there. It was just really getting bad. My whole appearance was fucked, you know? I was swollen. When i would sweat i smelled like whiskey"
It came to a head on November 14, 2003, when you tried to jump of a hotel balcony?
"I was very close to jumping off. My buddy, Tommy, actually grabbed me before i could jump. I woke up very, very confused. It was just the worst i had ever felt. The last real memory i had that night was leaning against the Viper Room, throwing up on the spot where River Phoenix died. And spitting it at people. I was the guy who you did not want to fucking hang out with when he got wasted. It needed to be time for me to quit drinking for a while. And when i did, it felt really good. It cleared so much shit out of me"
A news story surfaced a few years ago that announced you had died?
"Yeah, that happened like 8 times! Jesus Christ! The last time was so serious, this fucking syndicated DJ goes on the radio in Chicago and starts telling people that i'm dead! My friends are calling him up going "He's not fucking dead!" My grandmother hears this, starts crying uncontrollably, so now i've got to call up my whole fucking family and let them know! its got so bad that at my sons birthday party, the local newspaper showed up thinking that they were having a wake for my funeral! And im there cutting the cake! So i ran out on the lawn shouting, "I Am Not Fucking Dead!"