Slipknot’s Clown Breaks Silence On Jay Weinberg Split

Slipknot percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan has finally broken the silence on the band’s recent split with Jay Weinberg.

In a new interview with NME, Crahan spoke about the split saying there’s no bad blood between them. It was just time for a change.

“We’ve moved away from things that don’t belong and we are continuously moving away from what is in the way,” Crahan said, speaking rather vaguely before getting more specific. There are no hard feelings. There’s no anger or hate. Nobody’s wrong. No one’s mad, it’s just that we’re very aware of us. If you’re a Slipknot fan, then you know what that means. The future is very very exciting. I’m excited, because no one really knows what we’re capable of — as usual.”

He continued: “As far as Jay goes, what people need to know is Jay did not leave the band, and what I want to say is that we’re moving on. Like the statement said, we’re choosing to do something different. This space that we’re at right now is a very, very special space, thought about and generated mostly by the OGs [longstanding members Corey Taylor, Mick Thomson, Sid Wilson and Jim Root].”

Crahan also touched on Slipknot’s plans for 2024, which includes the release of the band’s unreleased album Look Outside Your Window and their UK/European tour celebrating the 25th anniversary of their self-titled debut. A North American tour is currently in the works with Crahan teasing the possibility of Slipknot playing intimate venues.

“We’re going back to basics,” he said. “I’m ready to kick everybody in the face again! I’m ready to do a 100-person venue again! I’m ready to do a 500-person venue. We want to play in front of 500 people, but there are a lot of factors that will mean it can’t happen. We’re at the point where we’ve got to ensure safety.

“Nobody knows truly what’s happening. If I were a fan, I would [ask] ‘Why wouldn’t the band play the album in its entirety?’ and ‘Why wouldn’t the band play some special events that seem intimate and fun?’ I’d put money on it — I want to come full circle and get back to when the dream was only a dream. I can’t promise you anything until it’s happening though.”

Read the full interview here.

Slipknot recently announced dates for their 2024 UK/European tour. Get the details here.

Ashley Perez Hollingsworth

Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Illinois Entertainer. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Creeper, and Green Day.

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