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Posted on: 10 Aug 2020
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
Percussionist Chris Fehn, a.k.a. #3, who was fired from Slipknot, talks about how he experienced his first years in the band.
This interview is from 2008.
Posted on: 10 May 2020
In a new video interview with Rock Feed while isolating at their home, the couple reveal how their lives have been impacted by coronavirus with respective tours being cancelled and postponed – including a trip to Atlanta “to do a taste test for a food truck that we’re starting”, according to the Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman.
Though he seemingly accidentally spills the beans here, Corey Taylor and Alicia Taylor nevertheless continue to discuss their ideas for this truck, revealing that it was the plan to actually have it at their shows.
“Because a lot of people don’t know this: we went plant-based in August/September,” adds Alicia. “And we saw the benefits immediately.”
Check out the full interview below – with the food truck reveal coming in at around 21 minutes.
Posted on: 08 May 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