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Slipknot percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan told LA Weekly in a new interview that once Slipknot packs it in, he'll retire from the music business as well. Crahan explained that it takes him longer to recover from stage injuries as he gets older, saying, "Since the beginning, every show we've told ourselves that this could be the last. My kids know that if I die on stage, that's where I should have gone. I don't want to, though. I want to live for a very long time. I'd like to retire and leave on a good note. Whenever Slipknot calls it a day, I ain't coming back. I'm in Tahiti with my wife, wearing some stupid briefs on a beach with a Corona in my hand, while she is walking around topless."
Crahan has a number of other interests outside Slipknot, including photography and filmmaking.
He just published a book of his Polaroid pictures, called The Apocalyptic Nightmare Journey, and he and Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor have started a film production company called Living, Breathing Films.
First, however, Slipknot has to make at least one more new album, and Crahan told us he's ready for it: "Before you know it, there is going to be another record, and it's gonna come sooner than anybody thinks. Everybody thinks differently, but I'm here to tell you as the Clown, it's gonna come sooner than you think and it's gonna hit you in the back of the head instead of the front of the face. And it's gonna be an amazing, amazing part of our lives."
The new Slipknot album will be the band's first since 2008's All Hope Is Gone and its first since the 2010 death of bassist Paul Gray.
Slipknot is currently co-headlining the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, which pulls into Phoenix on Friday (July 6th). The band is performing for now without guitarist Jim Root, who is home recovering from a burst appendix.