Slipknot’s Clown ‘Ecstatic’ With ‘Fun’ New Member ‘Tortilla Man’
Slipknot founder and percussionist Shawn 'Clown' Crahan said he's "ecstatic" with the band's new member, the fellow keg beater and Chris Fehn replacement that fans have come to call "Tortilla Man" or "Tortilla Face." But the musician recently revealed that "Tortilla Man" isn't the only fresh blood out on the road with the group in an episode of Spotify's "Metal Talks." In fact, Slipknot have also switched out "all of [their] crew," he explained.
In the enlightening interview shared via the audio streaming platform Monday (August 12), the Slipknot figurehead described the band's current touring personnel as a "whole new family" while displaying his excitement with the new recruit that fans have yet to identify.
"We just had a lot of things happen," Crahan laid out. "We've been doing it so long. I just put my foot down. We changed all of our crew. We're just a whole new family. We really wanted to bring it in. It's got nothing to do with everybody that was with us; it has to do with us trying to find each other and literally being happy with the nine of us being out here. 'Cause there's things happening all the time. We're older. I'm gonna be 50 in September."
He continued, "Recently, we just had to get a new member. Things happen. It's nobody's fault. These things happen. Humans are humans. Things happen. I always hate it when things change, and I always feel bad, but people have to be responsible for their own lives. I can't tell people what to do or what I think — they have to make their own decisions. 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."
But despite Crahan's avowed and unavoidable aging, the musician seemed more than pleased with the mystery member's performance thus far, indicating the rookie's conduct has gone above and beyond in interview excerpts transcribed by Blabbermouth. He also seemingly offered an olive branch to all former Slipknot members while saluting the band's late bassist, Paul Gray.
"I'm really ecstatic with the new member," Crahan added. "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. Because we could easily get down, and I can easily let the press get to me, and fans and things, but they don't know all the circumstances, do they? And they're never gonna, because they shouldn't anyway. It's our family business, and there's much love for all the guys who are no longer in Slipknot. Paul Gray has passed away, and he's missed every single day. Not our choice, but if Slipknot's gonna continue, we've gotta pick up the pieces and we've gotta do the best we can for the culture. So that's what we do. So we just picked up the pieces recently, and we've done what we've done, and we're moving on and everyone's really happy, and we're very happy. Sorry things had to change."
Slipknot's long-awaited sixth studio effort We Are Not Your Kind finally dropped last week. It was preceded by three album singles, "Birth of the Cruel," "Solway Firth" and "Unsainted," as well as 2018's non-album cut "All Out Life." Catch the group live in concert this summer on the Knotfest Roadshow with Volbeat, Behemoth and Gojira before they head to Australia with Metallica in the fall. Get ticket info here.
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