M. Shawn "Clown" Crahan Of Slipknot

Slipknot’s Clown Speaks On Firing Jay Weinberg: “…We’re Choosing To Do Something Different”


Slipknot have remained quiet on last month’s dismissal of their drummer Jay Weinberg. In a since-pulled announcement, the aforementioned multi-platinum masked metal band announced they had parted ways with Weinberg due to a “creative decision.”

Weinberg would later go on to state that his dismissal left him “heartbroken”, and that he was “blindsided” by the band’s decision to cut him from their roster. While Weinberg has remained reflective on his time with the band, Slipknot themselves have yet to further publicly address the matter—at least until now.

In a newly published interview with NME, M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan, the band’s percussionist (and shot caller alongside Corey Taylor), spoke publicly about firing Weinberg. Crahan, who was addressing the upcoming 25th anniversary of the band’s self-titled debut album, stated:

“We are completely in reflection mode and reflection can bring tears. Reflection can bring smiles. Reflection can bring energy. Now, we are in a place that we never imagined we would be 25 years on. We’re standing really strong and we’re better as people.

I think all of us are really, really happy about what we’re creating to the point where we’re scared a little bit. That fear is what we live for and that’s what we’ve always done. That’s why we’re still here.

We’ve moved away from things that don’t belong and we are continuously moving away from what is in the way. There are no hard feelings. There’s no anger or hate. Nobody’s wrong. No one’s mad, it’s just that we’re very aware of us. If you’re a Slipknot fan, then you know what that means. The future is very very exciting. I’m excited, because no one really knows what we’re capable of – as usual.

As far as Jay goes, what people need to know is Jay did not leave the band, and what I want to say is that we’re moving on. Like the statement said, we’re choosing to do something different. This space that we’re at right now is a very, very special space, thought about and generated mostly by the OGs [longstanding members Corey Taylor, Mick Thomson, Sid Wilson and Jim Root].”

Slipknot recently announced a European/UK leg of 25th anniversary touring for their aforementioned self-titled album.

12/05 Amsterdam, NET – Ziggo Dome
12/06 Dortmund, GER – Westfalenhalle
12/08 Stuttgart, GET – Schleyerhalle
12/09 Leipzig, GER – Quarterback Immobilen Arena
12/11 Zurich, SWI – Hallenstadion
12/12 Paris, FRA – Accor Arena
12/14 Leeds, UK – First Direct Arena
12/15 Glasgow, UK – OVO Hydro
12/17 Manchester, UK – Co-Op Live Arena
12/18 Birmingham, UK – Utilita Arena
12/20 London, UK – O2 Arena
12/21 London, UK – O2 Arena

Dates in further territories for next year are expected to be revealed in the months to come.

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