Crahan rejoined SLIPKNOT on stage on May 8, 2009 at Oklahoma City's Zoo Amphitheatre after taking several days off following the death of his mother.
"It was the best recording cycle of my career on one hand, and on the other it was absolutely the worst," he said. "My mom has Alzheimer's. I pray for her to pass so she's not in this constant delirium. There's really no quality of life there. I'm my mom's guardian and it's very confusing for her and it's very, very hard."
WatchMojo.com recently conducted an interview with SLIPKNOT percussionist Shawn "The Clown" Crahan. Watch the four-minute chat below.
SLIPKNOT's video for "Sulfur" can be viewed below. The clip was shot on March 9 in the Los Angeles area and was directed by band percussionist Shawn Crahan (a.k.a. Clown) and P.R. Brown (MÖTLEY CRÜE, MARILYN MANSON, CHIMAIRA, AVENGED SEVENFOLD), who helmed the last two SLIPKNOT clips, "Psychosocial" and "Dead Memories". The video depicts the nine members rocking out in groups of three and submerged in water one at a time. The video concept was modeled after a video installation by Bill Viola called "Ascension" that's currently on display at the Des Moines Arts Center.
SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor will join RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello onstage at his March 26, 2009 NIGHTWATCHMAN show at Slim's in San Francisco! The show is a benefit for Axis of Justice, Morello's non-profit organization, which connects social justice activism with music. Tickets are only $15, and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Morello issued his second solo album as the NIGHTWATCHMAN last September, titled "The Fabled City". The 11-song LP, produced by the one and only, Brendan O'Brien (BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, PEARL JAM), is the first release to bear the political and social activist's birth name. It features appearances by SYSTEM OF A DOWN's Serj Tankian and Shooter Jennings, with more complex electric arrangements than displayed on the sparse solo debut "One Man Revolution". "The Fabled City" is the synthesis of his groundbreaking work as an innovative rock guitarist and revolutionary acoustic troubadour. They're taking this album by the horns and for the first time in history, their putting together the gap between Tom Morello, the acoustic protest singer and Tom Morello, the guitar legend!
SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor caused a stir last month when he revealed plans to make his first solo album sometime in the next year! The biggest question for fans was what would happen with Taylor's other group, STONE SOUR, whose last effort, "Come Whatever May", surfaced in 2006. Taylor told The Pulse of Radio that he's keeping his priorities straight when it comes to new projects. "I think what got people up in arms is the fact that, it was a question of what was going to come first, solo album or STONE SOUR?" said Taylor. He went on to say, "What it comes down to, is that we've put a lot of work into STONE SOUR and for me to turn around and put out a solo album first would kind of destroy the foundation that we've built for STONE SOUR; So starting this fall, we are going to work on a new STONE SOUR album."
Taylor said he hopes to record the new STONE SOUR album next January or February and release the final album in the spring of 2010! He'll also begin work on his solo album around that time as well. Lets get this straight...he's the main rooster in Slipknot, he's in Stone Sour and he plans to do a solo project. Talk about staying busy!
SLIPKNOT is currently in the midst of a 33-city tour that brings the band to New York City today (February 5, 2009) for their first-ever gig at Madison Square Garden; which they're all pretty stoked about by the way!
SLIPKNOT's ready to rock and roll on their first massive headlining tour; which starts today in St. Paul, Minnesota! SLIPKNOT is back on the road again, starting today! The band put a lot of thought into this new tour and the show's are going to be crazy! SLIPKNOT will begin their very first solo headlining tour in support of their brand new album, "All Hope Is Gone". This massive tour will begin today in St. Paul, Minnesota. Frontman Corey Taylor told The Pulse of Radio that fans who saw the group on last summer's RockStar Energy Mayhem festival trek will get a different show this time around. "I mean, obviously we'll have as much time as we want," he said. "We put a whole new stage set together. We're getting away from the pyro. We're going way more visual this time. We're incorporating a lot of video, a lot of, like, really cool elements, but we're not, it's not gonna be hokey."
Taylor added that it's important for SLIPKNOT to do something new every time they go out on the road to keep people constantly entertained and wanting to see them over and over again. "Nobody wants to do the same thing over and over, and we're one of those bands that works harder when we know the concept is real, and when we know it's important and it's vital; so for us, it's important to get out there and just do a new show every time! Every time! Every single time, and we really try to bring something different, because we've got people still coming to see us for, you know, after ten years, and we just want to try and give them something special."
The 33-city tour will run through mid-March and feature SLIPKNOT's first-ever gig at New York City's prestigious Madison Square Garden! The latest and greatest place to take stage, it's going to be packed; so locate your local TICKETMASTER and get your tickets now! Joining the bill as opening acts will be TRIVIUM and COHEED AND CAMBRIA.
SLIPKNOT's latest release, "All Hope Is Gone", has been certified GOLD for moving more than 500,000 copies since its arrival in August 2008. It was also the band's first No. 1 debut on the Billboard chart. Check out their music video for the song: "Dead Memories" below: