The American heavy metal band Slipknot percussionist Shawn Crahan, known for his stage name as Clown, talked on one of the most curios issues of the band and answered the question that if Slipknot will perform without masks.
The successful musician has recently appeared on the recent episode of The Fred Minnick Show and talked on the band’s mask issue.
When the interviewer asked, “What would you do if I left it on the table and left the room?”, the percussionist replied:
“There’s not a day that doesn’t go by that every member wishes we didn’t have to wear that stuff, especially since it was my idea in the sense of I brought it to the table.
“And for all I know, maybe some of the guys think it’s the worst thing ever. They went with it because of our love for each other and our dream and our brand, but secretly, some people could be just like, ‘I can’t believe I signed up my whole life for this,’ whereas I’m only doing it with that.
“So I never forced it on anyone. It seems like it’s what we wanted to do, and it’s helped, and it really is who we are.”
He talked about the question people always asked him and the answer he gave them.
“People ask me all the time, ‘Are you gonna take off the mask?’ And I say, ‘Why do I need to do that?’ You’re only asking me because of behavior.
“You’re only doing that because you have a hypothesis of all the other artists, some way or not, but I’m not a part of that test, that field research. I’m the Clown in a band called Slipknot. We are not your kind. We are not like you. We’re not part of your hypothesis.”
He described it as a pre religion and added that it’s his life.
“For me, it’s pure religion. It’s my life. And I can’t, ever, fathom going in so personal because of laziness or stress or just the will to not wanna put it on anymore.
“I signed the deal we did in the beginning, and there’s just never been any thought of anything else. I really couldn’t fathom us any other way. I would feel cheapened; I would feel betrayed.
“I think that’s the difference. It’s the self-worth in the dream, in the art that you create. Ours is very, very, very precise, and we do not deter away from staying the course.”
Clown rocks stage with Slipknot since 1995.