Korn And Slipknot Guitarists Look Back At Each Other’s Careers In Roundtable Discussion


Korn guitarists Brian “Head” Welch and James “Munky Shaffer took part in a roundtable discussion with Slipknot guitarists Jim Root and Mick Thomson. put together the chat, which looks back at the bands early days, their first experiences with each other and a lot more. Some excerpts from that include:

On standout shows played before they were signed:

James “Munky” Shaffer: “I remember playing with Deftones in Sacramento one time and it seemed like a huge club because it was 200 to 300 people. It was packed, people hanging on the rafters and jumping off stuff. It was that feeling of, ‘We’ve conquered this shit!'”

Mick Thomson: “We played a New Year’s Eve at this ballroom at the Hotel Fort Des Moines, and they gave us a thousand fucking dollars. We’d never made more than $50. It was like, ‘Are you fucking kidding? We can go eat after this!’ That was really our first paying gig that was notable.”

On first hearing Slipknot

Brian “Head” Welch: “If Jonathan had the ‘Why me?’ thing – the emotional abuse and stuff – then Corey had the ‘I’m gonna rip your insides out’. In all honesty, it was too heavy for me – I wasn’t a heavy, heavy guy. I had to grow into it.”

James “Munky” Shaffer: “I remember [producer] Ross [Robinson] gave me the CD and was like, ‘You’ve gotta check this out.’ I had this 4×4 Suburban, and I’d just put a new stereo in it, and I cranked it up and couldn’t turn it up loud enough.

“You could just feel the anger coming out of the speakers. I called him up and said, ‘Holy-shit! You outdid yourself on this one!’ It was like his masterpiece.”

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