Slipknot’s Clown Claims ‘No Hard Feelings’ with Jay Weinberg


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The whole situation between Slipknot and former drummer Jay Weinberg seems very dramatic. Nobody will ever know what really went down except the parties involved. That said, Slipknot co-founder and percussionist M. Shawn Crahan, a.k.a. Clown, claims that there are “no hard feelings” between the guys of Slipknot and Weinberg.

Inside Slipknot’s Separation with Jay Weinberg

In a new interview with Knotfest Australia, Crahan talked about Slipknot’s new drummer and why the band decided to make the lineup change.

“I’m very excited about this idea of a new drummer,” Crahan said, via “There’s many reasons for it. It’s not to be confused. It doesn’t matter what the situation may seem like. Unless you’re in the band and understand — there’s no hard feelings; there never was. We just went our way. There was really no bad things. That’s as much as I can say.”

He added that Slipknot simply, “decided to move on, and that’s what we’ve done.” He added, “And I’m very excited for what we have done. And we’re really working hard. And there’ll be new music, there’ll be new masks, there’ll be new people, there’ll be new ideas, celebrating a 25-year anniversary. I would imagine there’d be some shows. It can be 200 people, 500 people, 700 people, 2,000 people.”

So, what about new Slipknot music? Crahan didn’t give a bunch of insight or hope into that happening.

“I wouldn’t look at it like new music like album and stuff like this,” he said. “I think we’re gonna have some fun. I don’t know exactly what we’re trying to do. I know that we just wanna do what we wanna do. So however it happens, it happens. We’re not gonna push it and we’re not gonna mold it into something it doesn’t need to be, but I will tell you, we’re having a really good time right now. There’s some real magical stuff that’s happening.”

He added that everything going on right now with the band is “meant to be.” He continued, “So, when it does happen and you shed a tear and you have a little smile, it feels good, man. It feels good to have good feelings in this reality. So we always want everybody to have good feelings.”

Moving Forward

So far, Slipknot hasn’t officially announced their new drummer. But, they did announce on social media that they’re starting to rehearse with their new drummer to get ready for their upcoming tour. The band’s first gig of 2024 is set for April 27 at the Sick New World Festival in Las Vegas. After that gig, they’ll perform at Welcome To Rockville in Daytona Beach, Florida on May 12 and Sonic Temple in Columbus, Ohio on May 19. So, it’s a big year for festival appearances for the guys.

Meanwhile, fans are speculating that Sepultura drummer Eloy Casagrande, who recently left the band, will join Slipknot. Weinberg, on the other hand, recently announce that he’ll be behind the drum kit for Suicidal Tendencies.

There’s so much friction here, and I hate it when a beloved band gets messy. Just look at what’s happening with Motley Crue. But, hopefully Slipknot and Weinberg can both move forward, albeit in separate directions, and continue on their success in the years ahead.

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