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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
SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor has announced a special guitar auction with eBay for charity to benefit Direct Relief in support of their COVID-19 (Coronavirus) response efforts. The auction is live now at www.ebay.com/coreytaylor and is set to run through Thursday, May 7 at 4:00 p.m. PT.
Corey Taylor has handpicked 13 guitars from his personal collection and signed them for fans to bid on. Among electric, acoustic, and bass guitars, select highlights include his gold metallic Gibson Memphis Dave Grohl DG-335 #237 of only 400 in perfect condition, a Gold Top Gibson Classic Les Paul, a tan Fender Acoustic, a pearl blue Gibson Dave Grohl Signature #87 out of only 200, a black SDGR Bass, and more. Every guitar comes with a case and a certificate of authenticity.
All proceeds from the auction will go to Direct Relief — less shipping and processing fees. In addition, as part of eBay's response to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, from now through May 31, eBay will match dollar for dollar, up to $1 million, when you support Direct Relief.
Direct Relief is coordinating with public health authorities, nonprofit organizations, and businesses in the U.S. and globally to provide PPE and essential medical items to health workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization's mission spoke directly to Taylor, and he stepped up by giving fans the chance to own a piece of his history for an important initiative.
Posted on: 04 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
It's been a long time since this website I founded in 1999 has had a major overhaul. The last design change was 2014, so this this design is more user friendly, faster loading and optimised for tablets and phones.
There are still some pages that need to be completed and this will be done over the next few weeks
Posted on: 01 May 2020
Check out Slipknot's brand new track from the forth coming album "We Are Not Your Kind".
Check out the "Official Music Video" below.
Directed by M. Shawn Crahan (Clown)
Posted on: 20 May 2019
SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor spoke to the Des Moines Register about the band's upcoming sixth album, which is tentatively due this summer.
Describing the band's new music as "evil," Taylor said the follow-up to 2014's ".5: The Gray Chapter" is "going to be ridiculous. Let's put it that way."
The new disc is once again being recorded at a Los Angeles studio with producer Greg Fidelman, who engineered and mixed SLIPKNOT's 2004 album "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)" and helmed ".5: The Gray Chapter".
According to Taylor, SLIPKNOT's recently released standalone single "All Out Life", which arrived last October isn't "nearly as dark and vicious as the rest of the stuff that we have that we're working on."
Taylor said he wrote "All Out Life" in part because he didn't see others using music as a force to "take a hard look at what you believe."
He explained: "People are way too pissed about the wrong things and not pissed enough about the right things. " the tone for getting people to stand up and go, 'We're not gonna allow this. We're not gonna allow people to run us down for religious beliefs, for the color we are, for what we stand for. For who we chose to love.' All of these things. There's nobody doing it, man. Everybody's too worried about their pockets. Everybody's too worried about their paychecks.
"That was me, basically, drawing a line in the sand and going, 'Guess what? You don't get to do this anymore,'" he added.
Some of SLIPKNOT's new album will also deal with Taylor's depression that led to a divorce and forced him to "figure out who I was" without relapsing into substance abuse.
"All I was doing was giving and I found myself absolutely, completely tapped," he said. "You could see it in my skin. You could see it in my eyes. That's basically the journey I'm going to take people on this album … show them what happens to depression when you have no chemicals to fall back on.
"It's a pretty dark ride."
Posted on: 26 Feb 2019
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