M. Shawn "Clown" Crahan Of Slipknot

Slipknot’s Clown On Firing Jay Weinberg: “There’s No Hard Feelings; There Never Was”


A recent interview conducted with Slipknot percussionist M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan found the outspoken musician speaking on new music to come from the band, while also briefly touching upon the circumstances surrounding the firing of their former drummer Jay Weinberg.

Back in November of last year, Weinberg revealed that he was “heartbroken and blindsided” by the band’s decision to part ways with him earlier that month. Since then, rumors of now ex-Sepultura drummer Eloy Casagrande having been recruited to take his place have emerged.

Speaking of with a social media channel built around Slipknot‘s annual ‘Knotfest Australia‘ event, Clown offered the following of letting Weinberg go:

“I’m very excited about this idea of a new drummer. There’s many reasons for it. It’s not to be confused. It doesn’t matter what the situation may seem like. Unless you’re in the band and understand — there’s no hard feelings; there never was. We just went our way. There was really no bad things. That’s as much as I can say.

What I can say is Slipknot decided to move on, and that’s what we’ve done. And I’m very excited for what we have done. And we’re really working hard. And there’ll be new music, there’ll be new masks, there’ll be new people, there’ll be new ideas, celebrating a 25-year anniversary. I would imagine there’d be some shows. It can be 200 people, 500 people, 700 people, 2,000 people.”

As for his mention of new music, he elaborated:

“I wouldn’t look at it like new music like album and stuff like this. I think we’re gonna have some fun. I don’t know exactly what we’re trying to do. I know that we just wanna do what we wanna do. So however it happens, it happens. We’re not gonna push it and we’re not gonna mold it into something it doesn’t need to be, but I will tell you, we’re having a really good time right now. There’s some real magical stuff that’s happening.

Everything in Slipknot is meant to be. So, when it does happen and you shed a tear and you have a little smile, it feels good, man. It feels good to have good feelings in this reality. So we always want everybody to have good feelings.”

The multi-platinum masked metal band will be spending much of 2024 out celebrating the 25th anniversary of their self-titled debut album. Their latest itinerary runs as follows:

04/27 Las Vegas, NV – Sick New World
05/12 Daytona Beach, FL – Welcome To Rockville
05/19 Columbus, OH – Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival
09/26 Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life
10/11 Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Festival
10/19-20 Sao Paulo, BRA – Knotfest Brasil
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


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