Slipknot’s Clown On Playing Download 2013: “We Need Shows Like These”
Like any sensible music fans, we’re fucking excited, so we gave Slipknot percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan a ring to see how he was feeling about the whole thing.
“We’re in a new circumstance,” says Clown of the band’s decision to get together for their first Donington appearance since 2009. “We’re in a situation that we never planned on, which is the travesty of losing our brother, so none of us want to record an album right now – well, I can only speak for myself, but I don’t want to walk into a studio and not see my brother. I’m not ready for that. I’m not ready to commit to music and not see him there, knowing that he was the biggest part of the music writing. I need a little more time.
“I need to be able to go in there and think, ‘What would Paul do?’ Let’s represent him as a band, think like he would and bring him into this. So we need a little more time, but what’s great is that we’re all a little older now and everybody knows what everyone else is doing. But the fact that Jim and Corey, who have a new Stone Sour record, are willing to do a Slipknot show…that’s just love. That’s respect for themselves and respect for the band. We’re all a family now and we’re all doing the best for each other.”
Understandably, Slipknot’s immediate future is still uncertain, but as Clown explains, Download will provide another necessary stepping stone towards the band eventually regrouping for a new album.
“We do need to do shows like these,” he adds, “because it helps keep us together as a family and keeps us together with our fans. It keeps us moving in the direction that we’re in right now; we are moving in a positive potential with everything in our sights to make a new album, when we’re ready, and go out on tour and support that record, just like the old says.
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