SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor has confirmed that all of the band's previously announced 2020 tour dates have been scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic which is sweeping the globe.
"This whole year was booked, and some stuff that hadn't necessarily been announced…," he said during an appearance on yesterday's (Wedneday, June 3) episode of SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation". "We had two shed tours — we hadn't even announced the second leg of it, which was gonna be later in the fall. So right now, we've basically moved everything until next year. Everything is just basically being picked up and moved — same time next year. Because to us, we're not canceling — we're just postponing. Once everything settles down and everybody is able to catch their breath and everything, and everybody feels good, and hopefully there's been some progress made as far as a vaccine or whatnot, once the tentative fear goes away, everyone's gonna be barking to go to shows. And that's when we're gonna be ready to go again. So, yeah, we just basically moved everything to next year."
According to Taylor, SLIPKNOT's touring cycle, which was originally going to run through the end of the year, is being extended to include all the previously planned shows.
"We're definitely gonna finish up the tour cycle," he said. "'Cause right up until the point where we ended up having to pull the dates, everybody was still, like, 'Are you still coming?' Even though everything was kind of locked down, everybody was still really excited for us to come. If it didn't make any sense, we weren't gonna do it. It just made more sense for us to postpone everything to next year and honor the tickets that we already have, that already are out there, and give something for people to look forward to next year."
Posted on: 05 Jun 2020
Though they’ve been wearing their iconic masks for over 20 years now, questions seemingly still arise even to this day about the possibility of Slipknot ever performing without them. But artistic mastermind Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan has shut down that idea immediately, explaining that the band would feel “cheapened” if they went without them.
Speaking on The Fred Minnick Show, the percussionist admits that, “There’s not a day that doesn’t go by that every member wishes we didn’t have to wear that stuff” – but, having come up with the idea of the masks in the first place, it’s something they will continue to stick with. “For all I know, maybe some of the guys think it’s the worst thing ever,” Clown says. “They went with it because of our love for each other and our dream and our brand, but secretly, some people could be just, like, ‘I can’t believe I signed up my whole life for this,’ whereas I’m only doing it with that. So I never forced it on anyone. It seems like it’s what we wanted to do. And it’s helped, and it really is who we are.
“People ask me all the time, ‘Are you gonna take off the mask?’” he added. “And I say, ‘Why do I need to do that?’ You’re only asking me because of behaviour. You’re only doing that because you have a hypothesis of all the other artists, some way or not, but I’m not a part of that test, that field research. I’m the Clown in a band called Slipknot. We are not your kind. We are not like you. We’re not part of your hypothesis.
Clown also added that this imagery is “pure religion”, and not something that “laziness or stress or just the will to not wanna put it on anymore” will mean that Slipknot ever go unmasked.
“I signed the deal we did in the beginning, and there’s just never been any of anything else,” he revealed. “I really couldn’t fathom us any other way. I would feel cheapened; I would feel betrayed. I think that’s the difference: it’s the self-worth in the dream, in the art that you create. Ours is very, very, very precise, and we do not deter away from staying the course.”
A couple of years back, Kerrang! asked Corey Taylor about his favourite ’Knot mask to wear – but the frontman joked that, “They were all fucking horrible.”
Corey explained: “The hardest was my original with the dreads. Anything that’s full-headed – there’s just no getting out of it. At least when you’ve got some kind of a half-mask with buckles, you don’t feel like you’re singing in a portaloo. But when it’s closed, you just put this big rubber hood on and there’s just no getting out of it.
“So that one and the Iowa one, because they were basically variations of the same thing,” he continued. “Those were the worst. The Iowa one was foam rubber. The ones from the first album were thin but then we got a little money and we were like, ‘Wow, let’s make some cool shit for the Iowa run!’ They used foam rubber, which was basically just like giant sponges.
“You could tell where we were at in the show by how big my head was getting and how heavy this thing was…”
Posted on: 05 Jun 2020
It looks like the wait is almost over: Slipknot will be unveiling their new masks soon! Well, that’s what their record label Roadrunner Records say anyway.
Following a cryptic Instagram post from frontman Corey Taylor, Roadrunner tweeted “New @slipknot masks incoming…” along with the same ghostly white image, which we presume is a distorted version of Corey’s new mask… or E.T. lost a fight with some PVA glue the middle of some thick fog. Basically there’s a creepy looking eye, and that’s more than enough to get us excited because it’s been almost five years since the last mask change for .5: The Gray Chapter.
Posted on: 05 May 2020
Slipknot guitarist Jim Root is planning his own solo project, using his time in quarantine to compile new ideas. Root revealed the idea to Loudwire during an exclusive interview, detailing his creative process and admitting he may overthink it to death.
Slipknot often revolves around the schedule of Corey Taylor, going dormant when it’s time for the frontman to focus on Stone Sour. After Slipknot’s tour schedule for We Are Not Your Kind is complete, the Nine will likely be away for two or three years, giving the musicians ample time to work on other creative projects.
“I’ve had a lot of people ask me about doing a solo project. I think now I have a little bit of extra time to dedicate to that, so I’ve been writing some stuff that maybe wouldn’t slide into the Slipknot world,” Root explains. “I would like to just because I need to stay busy. You know, I didn’t start a family, I never got married, I didn’t do any of that stuff. I know Corey wants to do a solo project that’s outside of Stone Sour; he’s mentioned that.”
“For a solo project, I’m gonna overthink that until I’m insane and it may never ever come out,” the guitarist laughs. “What direction do I go? Do I even think about a direction? Do I just let it naturally come out? Do I use things that I’ve written intended for Slipknot that maybe Slipknot didn't gravitate towards?”
Root concludes, “Obviously, Slipknot is my priority and it’s what I’m always gonna have as a priority … With all the arrangements I’ve written for the last couple of Slipknot records, I don’t know that I need another outlet, but I’m going to try. Set a goal, maybe see if I can achieve it.”
Watch our full interview with Jim Root above and click here to watch the Slipknot guitarist play his favorite riffs.
Posted on: 01 May 2020
1. Clown predicts Slipknot's future success before the band is even signed
Before he managed Slipknot, Cory Brennan worked at Roadrunner Records. At the label's first meeting with the band, which took place at the Roadrunner offices, co-founding percussionist/conceptualist Shawn "Clown" Crahan approached him. "Clown shook my hand and said, 'How does it feel to meet your first platinum artist?'" Brennan recalled. "And he did that to everybody, including the president and owner of the company. Then the three of them sat there and told us how they were gonna, one day, have hydraulic drums that they would weld themselves, which would go 15 feet in the air and turn upside-down, and how they were gonna be the biggest band in the world. Everything he said they'd do came true."
2. Corey Taylor claims the number eight because of a childhood obsession with the number
When the members of Slipknot first picked their numbers for their coveralls, Corey Taylor immediately insisted that he get the number eight. "Eight has always been my lucky number," he explained to us years later. "I was born on the eighth of December. I used to count everything by eights. I had OCD when I was a kid and when I walked, I was obsessed with even numbers but eight most of all. Because I was right-handed, all of my even steps would have to fall on my right foot and all of my odd steps would have to fall on my left foot. And I would count them in my head, and if I fucked up and shuffled my feet, I would freeze until I reset my mind. Even now, if I'm ever sitting somewhere and just hanging out, you can always see me tapping my thumb from one finger to another, counting the segments on my fingers, one-two-three-four-five-six-seven-eight. I do that constantly."
3. Sid Wilson claims his spot in the band through a spontaneous act of violence
Slipknot were originally on the fence about enlisting a DJ into their ranks. Wilson knew he had to pull out all the stops to seal the deal. He went to the band's next show as a fan, and when the group kicked into the song "Tattered and Torn," during which Clown was known to enter the pit and wrap kids up with his microphone cord, Wilson went on the offensive. "I was on his ass like a fucking Jedi Knight," he said. "I grabbed him by the head while he was still on the stage. I counted to five and headbutted him on six, which is his number. He fell down on his fucking ass. It almost knocked him out. He went back to Joey [Jordison, Slipknot's original drummer] and said, 'I don't care what anybody in the fucking band says, that dude's in.'"
4. Slipknot's gruesome live video projections lose Corey Taylor a friend
For their Halloween shows, Slipknot cut together an hour of crazy animation, porn scenes and clips of real-life death. It all climaxed with footage of the suicide of Bud Dwyer [the disgraced Pennsylvanian state treasurer who shot himself in the head during a 1987 televised press conference], which the band looped and slowed down. "We lost half of our fans after that show," Taylor said. "I had a friend who, still to this day, will not talk to me. She looked at me straight in the face and said, 'This is disgusting, this is not gonna go anywhere. You are wasting your fucking life. And quite frankly, because you backed that decision, you are not the person I thought you were.'"
5. Ross Robinson torments the band in the studio
Producer Ross Robinson (Korn, Sepultura, Limp Bizkit) is infamous for his terroristic in-studio techniques, and he brought them out in full force when faced with putting the Nine's insanity down on tape. He threw potted plants at Jordison so he would have to duck them while he was playing drums. He made Chris Fehn drink two gallons of water 'til he was on the verge of throwing up to get a mic'd mallet sound out of his stomach. He would try to knock instruments out of band members' hands while they were playing, shouting at them, "You can play that shit harder!" The nonstop assault eventually broke Taylor. "By the end, I was literally broken completely in half and wide open and bawling and I couldn't stop crying," the singer recalled. "I was throwing up all over the fucking place. At one point, the vocal booth smelled so bad."
6. Joey Jordison sets the studio on fire
One night during the mixing of the record, Jordison slept at the studio and, in his sleep, knocked a pillow onto a nearby space heater. "Next thing I know, I'm smelling something and I jumped up," the drummer said. "I almost burned [the recording studio] Indigo Ranch completely down. The whole thing was filled with smoke and flames. We had to literally take fire extinguishers all over the place and open all the windows. It took about a week to get the smell out."
7. Sid Wilson busts his head open before Ozzfest. Clown makes it worse.
"We did a warm-up show for Ozzfest, and right before 'Eeyore,' I did two good head-butts into Clown's beer keg, then the lights went out, my knees buckled, and I hit the floor," Wilson recalled. "When the lights went back on, I couldn't get up and blood was gushing down my face and pouring out of the mask. Our security guy got me backstage to our dressing room and I looked in the mirror. The wound was wide open and I could see my skull, but there was a song coming up that I had parts for, so I put a towel on my head and strapped the mask on tight to try to stop the bleeding. Then, when I go back out there, Clown's giving me this look that says, 'You look like a fucking idiot.' So, he punches me in the head right in the gaping wound. I pushed him away and crawled over to Corey because he had never beat on me. But he grabbed my head and banged it on the floor to the beat of the music. I went to the hospital after the show and got 16 stitches."
8. Corey Taylor eats vomit and swallows blood
Playing in a mask sucks — a lot. Take it from Taylor: "There were a lot of times when it was so hot and I'd been raging so hard that I'd throw up in my mask and have to eat the puke because there was nowhere to spit it," he told us, looking back on Slipknot's first Ozzfest run. "Also, I broke my mouth so many times coming up too hard on the mic. I went from having to swallow blood to puking and having to swallow that."
9. Joey Jordison sets himself on fire
While on the road with Coal Chamber, Jordison would pour lighter fluid over his drums and set them on fire on a regular basis. One night he caught fire, too, and suffered third-degree burns. With that sort of madness going on, perhaps it's no surprise that Coal Chamber tried to kick Slipknot off the tour. Their manager Sharon Osbourne wasn't having it, though. "Slipknot are the only reason the fucking tour's selling any tickets," Paul Gray recalled her saying. "You can't kick them off."
10. Slipknot get into it with Mushroomhead fans
The longstanding beef between the 'Knot and rival masked metal outfit Mushroomhead is well-documented; when the former swung through the latter's hometown, Cleveland, in support of their debut album, tensions flared into violence. "There were about 20 kids in the crowd that were Mushroomhead fans that were whipping batteries at us," Gray told us of the show. "Me and Jim [Root, Slipknot guitarist] jumped offstage and took our masks off and started swinging at people at the end of one song. When we were done with that set, everything came off and we went straight through the crowd to try to find those people and we ended up finding those dudes and we threw down. One of the guys in our crew got maced by the cops and arrested."
11. Sid Wilson plays shows with broken ribs
At a concert in Germany, Wilson leaped off a balcony, and the crowd, unfortunately, failed to catch him. He hit the floor hard and broke two ribs, but he didn't know it at the time and, in denial, kept playing gigs afterwards. Eventually, it hurts so bad that he was forced to go to a hospital. "They said, 'Oh, your ribs are broken. You have to lay down in bed for weeks and heal.'" he remembered. "And I said, 'I can't. I've got shows to play. So give me a rib brace.'" Wearing a brace and back support, and using inhalers to breath better, he went on his way.
12. Chris Fehn pees on Sid Wilson
One night, while on tour in Cincinnati, Slipknot percussionist Chris Fehn got really drunk, and as Paul Gray told us, he woke up in the middle of the night needing to piss. Mistaking his bunk for the bathroom, he lifted his mattress like a toilet seat and proceeded to urinate on the bunk below him, where Wilson happened to be sleeping. "I had no idea what was happening," Fehn recalled. "I woke up with Sid yelling, You pissed in my bunk!' And I said, 'I did not. Shut the fuck up.' But I totally did. Before I die, I have to let Sid piss on me."
Posted on: 15 Nov 2018
Slipknot are rocking Halloween 2018 with a brand new song in four years!
Listen to their surprise release of ‘All Out Life’ here!
It’s a good day to be a Slipknot fan. The band has released their first single in four years! The new track, entitled “All Out Life,” arrived on Halloween, and only rightfully so. The guys brought their classic dark psyche to the heavy track, and fans were thrilled to finally see new music from the rock band. “I LOVE THE NEW SLIPKNOT SONG HOLY SH–T” one fan wrote on Twitter after listening to the track. The song arrived with a music video as well directed by the band’s M. Shawn Crahan aka “Clown.”
Slipknot's Corey Taylor released a statement regarding the song’s release. “All Out Life” is a song that is trying to do 2 things: bring everyone together, but also remind everyone that the past is not something to be discarded with disdain. People are so eager to find the Next Big Thing sometimes that they shit all over the bands and artists that have come before, thus making the past feel disposable, like a dirty thing. Fuck that: Why should we pay attention to your mediocre future when you can’t be bothered to celebrate an amazing past? I’d rather listen to a guaranteed hit than a forced miss. “All Out Life” is the anthem that reminds people that it’s not the date on the music—it’s the staying power.”
For fans hoping to see even more new music from the band – you’re in luck. “The album is underway, and it’s going to be one of the darkest chapters in Slipknot’s history; it’s that good,” Corey said during an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s Beats 1, He continued, “It’s complicated; it’s dark; it’s heavy; it’s melodic; it’s fierce; it’s angry and it’s real; it’s raw as hell and it’s gonna be talking about a lot of things that people are going to need in their life right now.”
“All Out Life” might be one of Slipknot’s heaviest tracks yet! What better way to ring in Halloween than with new music from the iconic band. Listen to the new track above!
Posted on: 01 Nov 2018
Slipknot look like they could be back in the studio after the band posted a new photo online.
Shawn Crahan and frontman Corey Taylor has appeared on the band’s Twitter page. It was captioned “2019”, leading fans to speculate they have begun working on a new release for next year.
Corey Taylor gave fans an update on new material earlier this month, saying:
“I know that we’re gonna try and put an album out next year – however, that is all speculation. The best way to make God laugh is to announce your plans out loud. So I’m just going with the flow. The plan right now is next year but that is a huge plan because we still haven’t narrowed anything down, so we will definitely see what happens.”
He also explained that the band had been “writing tons of music” while he had “written lyrics to almost all of it.” “We’re going to start trying to put together demos here and there with the time off that I have and really try to get ahead of the curve as far as what happens next.”
Posted on: 25 Jun 2018
It's been three years since Slipknot's last album .5 The Gray Chapter but the Iowan wrecking machine have kept us satiated with the release of new live movie Day Of The Gusano. Filmed at the band's first-ever show in Mexico City, headlining Knotfest, the historical performance was captured on multiple cameras and directed by Slipknot's purveyor of darkness Shawn Crahan aka Clown.
We caught up with Clown to talk about their Mexican experience and what the future holds for The Knot.
“It’s finances, it’s the right time, it’s wondering about that society. It’s very difficult for kids there to pay for tickets. They have to work months and months and months. So it’s just not easy to pick up and go to Mexico City and do a show.”
“We’ve heard from day one in our career how crazy Mexican people go off at a show, how unified they are. You say ‘jump’ and they all jump, and you can feel it. So we thought, ‘Why not make this show a Knotfest?’ And we documented it, because it was a really special thing.”
“I came in about a month or so early to do press and I hung out with all the promoters – they took me to all the food places. I ate all the authentic stuff. I ate crickets, I ate ants, larvae… I will eat anything you want. I love all that stuff.”
Posted on: 04 Nov 2017
Those fans play an important role in a new documentary brought to you by MusicScreen, titled "Day Of The Gusano". The 90-minute documentary is to be premiered in more than a thousand screens across the world as a one-night-only cinematic spectacle on September 6.
Watch the trailer below.
Directed by SLIPKNOT's own M. Shawn Crahan, a.k.a. Clown, "Day Of The Gusano" documents the Iowa band's first-ever visit to Mexico in December 2015 and features exclusive interviews with SLIPKNOT's members talking about the importance of their fanbase and the band's long-awaited first-ever show in Mexico City.
Confirmed cities and ticketing for the screenings will be announced in July.
Talking about the movie, Clown says: "SLIPKNOT still has dreams for itself. Finally playing Mexico was one of them. It's been a surreal life of rock and roll for SLIPKNOT and the fact that the dreams still go on for us is simply incredible. Thank you." Guitarist Jim Root adds: "We had such a great time at Knotfest Mexico... Not only with all the friends and bands that were there, but with the fans and the crowd we had to document it with. Now we get to share it with the world."
Posted on: 01 Jul 2017
SLIPKNOT percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan has confirmed to Metal Insider that he and guitarist Jim Root will get together in early February to begin writing new music, but will not book any studio time just yet to start recording the follow-up to 2014's ".5: The Gray Chapter". That disc ended a six-year drought between SLIPKNOT albums during which founding bassist Paul Gray passed away in 2010 and drummer Joey Jordison was dismissed in 2013.
Shawn Crahan said: "The '.5 The Gray Chapter' cycle is over. One hundred and ninety shows, thirty countries, three years. I showed up in L.A. January 3rd, 2013 , I had to leave the tour early because my father-in-law passed away. I missed, like, five shows. I didn't get to end the cycle properly, but that doesn't matter, because I lost my father-in-law."
He continued: "Basically, we are taking until February and Jim Root and I are going to do something different. We are not gonna sit around while everyone goes and does their thing, because everyone does their thing. Some people rest, some people do other bands, whatever. All of us feel, I am talking about everybody — Corey Taylor, Jim Root — we all feel that for the last twenty years we have been doing it one way, so it would be nice to just like examine the song. So we are going to get together in February and we are going to work with different people, different places, make experiences and take the opportunity to get back into a rehearsal room with a lot of us and jam and not feel like a lot of pressure, like, 'Okay we have to get together and in three months write this album.' We want to spend the next year or so diving into the ability to write songs, and explore what we are to the world as musicians and songwriters. So we are very excited to be doing some things differently. We've got full support from the label and everybody around us, and we are going to dive into some very unique thinking, not unlike anything we have ever done. We are just kind of tired of how the pirate ship has gone. I don't really wanna row the oars anymore I want to be an officer or a general."
With SLIPKNOT closing out the touring cycle for ".5: The Gray Chapter", singer Corey Taylor will be regrouping with his other band, STONE SOUR, to record a new set in early 2017.
Shawn Crahan, meanwhile, is pursuing a career as a feature film director. His first effort, "Officer Downe", arrived in theaters and on-demand platforms on Friday (November 18).
Shawn Crahan said a while back that there's always been room for outside projects within the world of SLIPKNOT. "I feel the 'KNOT has always preached personal freedom," he said. "You know, 'Don't ever judge me.' That's what we do, man. We do what we want, we do as much as we want. We'll go shed light to what we are individually out onto the world and then we'll come together like we always do."
Posted on: 03 Dec 2016
In truth, only Joey’s closest friends and business associates know what he’s been up to for the last couple of years, but as he warmly greets Hammer at the door of the house he shares with girlfriend Amanda in Des Moines, it’s immediately apparent that today’s interview is much more than just an opportunity to herald the arrival of not one, but two new bands and Joey’s wholesale return to action. Instead, this is what he describes as “an opportunity to tell everyone what the fuck has been going on”. And it’s almost certainly not what anyone is expecting.
When he arrived home from the Slipknot tour, Joey could barely walk. On August 21, 2012, he was admitted to Mercy West hospital in Des Moines, diagnosed with some form of leg paralysis but unaware of exactly how or why this was happening to him. Ten days later, he was transferred to the neurological unit at University Of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, understandably terrified and extremely confused about his physical deterioration.
“It was fucking bad, dude,” he recalls. “My lady has everything documented. I got struck with this fucking thing that I couldn’t control. The doctors said I might not be able to walk again. Today, I can almost run, but back then I couldn’t even stand up. I was bed-ridden. If I wanted to turn over in bed, I had to move my legs with my hands. I was in and out of the hospital for months. Some beautiful people have helped me out and got me back stronger and taught me how to walk again, but at that moment my whole life was screwed, man. Acute transverse myelitis is a fucked-up disease and a lot of people don’t recover from it and they’re paralysed forever.”
All the while, of course, his global army of admirers remained entirely in the dark about the turmoil and trials going on behind the scenes. It was widely noted that Joey was looking overweight and far from healthy during Scar The Martyr’s debut UK tour, but the conclusions that most people were jumping to – in essence, that he had a problem with drugs and/or drink – were completely off target. Unfortunately, when Slipknot announced on December 12, 2013, that they were to forge ahead without their talismanic drummer, those rumours seemed to gain a little extra momentum.
Several times during our interview, Joey’s eyes fill with tears. It’s abundantly clear that the extraordinary effort required to confront acute transverse myelitis and doggedly chase a light at the end of a seriously dark and bleak tunnel has taken a lot out of him, particularly on an emotional level. But now that he is about to click into top gear once again, via new bands Vimic and Sinsaenum, Joey is channeling his energies towards a cathartic clearing of the decks, and setting people straight about his life over the last five years is top of the agenda.
“Life takes you on weird trips and you just have to hold on, ride the wave and be as strong as you fucking can,” he shrugs. “I’ve been through so much fucking shit over the last few years and people just don’t know.”
Posted on: 05 Jul 2016