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Mushroomhead Drummer On Past Slipknot Beef: “We Spent A Lot Of Time Complaining About Them For Nothing”


Appearing on a recent episode of the ‘Talk Toomey Podcast‘ (hear it below), Mushroomhead drummer Steve “Skinny” Felton addressed the much discussed beef with Slipknot amid the late ’90s/early 00s. Those tensions infamously spilled over during a Slipknot show in Mushroomhead‘s hometown of Cleveland, OH back in 1999.

During Slipknot‘s performance combative audience members thought to be Mushroomhead fans pelted the band with batteries and other objects, leading members of Slipknot to engage in physical altercations with the crowd (you can read up on that here).

When asked if he was in attendance at that show, Skinny replied:

“No, I heard all about it in the following days, but you know, that’s way before the internet and Facebook’s and things of that nature. So over the course of the next week or whatever I found out, like as far as what was going on, or at least I had heard of what was going on. Then I heard like 20 different stories throughout the years… Now it’s just like the legend of Bigfoot. Right?

I guess it happened and does it fucking matter? I mean, at that point, it’s just like a silly fan-fueled and I guess media hype, you know thing to talk about… This is the 90s. Yeah, you know, any sort of news was cool. There wasn’t a whole lot back then. And then you get a feud between bands. It’s kind of East Coast v West Coast type of thing. Oh, Lord, here we go.

And for some of the entertainment value of it, sure. A lot of us in the band were at the time into it. And, you know, played, played it up and had some fun, but, you know, I look back and I think I should have did it all when I knew it all, you know, I mean, right? Oh, yeah. Like how silly of us… Obviously we didn’t have any part of it and jump on the bandwagon of talking to the media about it and going oh we came first, the chicken or the egg and that whole stupid thing.

We spent a lot of time complaining about them for nothing. So you know God Bless them they’re one a biggest bands out there. It proves that masked heavy metal and that style of entertainment is still relevant.”

Back in 2018, former Mushroomhead vocalist Jeffrey “Nothing” Hatrix went on to claim that Slipknot were ‘made’ after Mushroomhead rebuffed an offer to sign with Roadrunner Records.

Mushroomhead are preparing to release their new album “A Wonderful Life” next Friday, June 19th.

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