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Slipknot’s Shawn Crahan is ‘ecstatic’ about new member

Shawn "Clown" Crahan of Slipknot performs headlining Day 5 of the 52nd Festival D'été Quebec (FEQ2019) on the Bell Stage at the Plains of Abraham in The Battlefields Park during a date of the bands We Are Not Your Kind World Tour on July 8, 2019 in Quebec City, Canada. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Redferns)
Shawn "Clown" Crahan of Slipknot performs headlining Day 5 of the 52nd Festival D'été Quebec (FEQ2019) on the Bell Stage at the Plains of Abraham in The Battlefields Park during a date of the bands We Are Not Your Kind World Tour on July 8, 2019 in Quebec City, Canada. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Redferns)

Tortilla Man joined Slipknot three months ago after the departure of Chris Fehn. And percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan is “ecstatic” about it. He said: “It’s a lot of fun. And it’s just nice that, at this stage of the game, when something like this happens, we can actually get someone who appreciates it and will bring 190 percent.”

Fehn’s departure wasn’t the only change, Crahan also replaced the crew. He said, “I think the world has an expectation that a band can stay together. Health — mental, spiritual — these are all things that get alleviated as you go on. Things change. And we’re not really good with change, but we’re really good with picking up the pieces and getting to work.

Slipknot’s sixth studio album, We Are Not Your Kind, was released on August 9.

SIDE NOTES

  • The band has seen a number of other lineup changes during their 20 years together, including the death of bassist Paul Gray and the exit of drummer Joey Jordison.
  • Another Quote from Crahan: “And like I said, we’ve been doing this a long time now. We’re not just a baby band anymore. And we’re all getting older. We were old to begin with. I started the band when I was 26, got signed when I was 29, and was 30 years old when I was on the road. I’m gonna be 50 in September. So, you know, things are tough.”
  • And another: “There’s no such thing as control for all of us,” Crahan concluded. “All of us have to let that go. I can’t control people. I can’t control their outcomes. I can only get up and do the best I can every day, so that’s what I’m doing.”
  • Fehn, sued the band in March, claiming he hadn’t been properly compensated for his years of touring and recording with the group. Fehn, a member since 1998, was officially dismissed from the band earlier this year.
  • The band kicked off its North American headlining tour on July 26 in Mountain View, California.

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