"I need the fan that has anxiety, parents are getting divorced, social problems, gender problems"
The masked metallers’ percussionist Shawn ‘The Clown’ Crahan was giving a talk at the Pollstar Live! event, ‘Underground To Mainstream: What Are Metal And Hip-Hop Doing Right (And Where Does It Go From Here?)’, when he opened up about the band’s appeal to different audiences.
“I ask myself, does Slipknot want to play next to the Foo Fighters?,” said Crahan. “The answer is no, because my kids don’t want me to do that.”
“If we play alongside the Foo Fighters we are going to get new fans, I agree with that. I love that. But I’m worried about the kid that won’t come to the show, because we’re playing with the Foo Fighters. He wants to know why we’re not playing with Nine Inch Nails. Those kids tell all of us what they want.”
Clown added: “So, don’t try to figure out ways of how to combine things for the new fan. I don’t need the new fan, I need the fan that has anxiety, parents are getting divorced, social problems, gender problems — I need them to come to the ultimate show. And they’re going to get that at Knotfest.”
“I will give you this – we have decided to do things differently,” Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan told NME. “Our label had been bought and sold, people who used to give me advice are gone now, we’re still standing. We’re not going to wait around for Corey Taylor to say that he’s ready, no one’s going to wait for me to finish directing a movie, the same thing goes if someone wants to go out on tour with someone else.”
He added: “The future is very exciting because it’s the sixth record. The number ‘six’, besides being my personal number in Slipknot, is biblically, in computers, in maths, in whatever – the number six is a very important and structured number.”