Clown Explains why Slipknot will Never Perform Without the Masks

Slipknot figurehead and percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan has gone deep about the band’s — and his own — personal connection to the masks that all nine members wear. Indeed, the musician said he “couldn’t fathom” a circumstance in which the band would perform without its signature disguises.

“There’s not a day that doesn’t go by that every member wishes we didn’t have to wear that stuff,” Crahan explained. “Especially since it was my idea in the sense of, like, I brought it to the table. 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, ‘Ah, I can’t believe I signed up my whole life for this.’ … So I never forced it on anyone. It seems like it’s what we wanted to do. It’s helped, and it really is who we are.”

The Slipknot member continued, “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 … hypothesis.”

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