Chris Fehn — the percussionist known as #3 in Iowa metal outfit Slipknot — is officially out of the band. Slipknot, who are set to release their next record on August 9th and tour extensively throughout the rest of this year, made an official statement on their website regarding the situation.
“Slipknot’s focus is on making album #6, and our upcoming shows around the world, our best ever,” explained the group. “Chris knows why he is no longer a part of Slipknot. We are disappointed that he chose to point fingers and manufacture claims, rather than doing what was necessary to continue to be a part of Slipknot. We would have preferred he not take the path that he has, but evolution in all things is a necessary part of this life.
“Long Live the Knot.”
The statement does not explicitly address the rumors swirling around Fehn and the band. These first came to light last week on a celebrity gossip site The Blast, which reported that Fehn claims to have discovered “Slipknot-affiliated business entities in different states” that were earning some of the other band members money that he had no access to, leading him to file a lawsuit against the group.
Slipknot singer Corey Taylor tweeted a cryptic comment that many believe refers to the situation last week, telling fans, “You’re gonna read a lot of bullshit today. This is all I’ll say. JUST YOU WAIT TIL THE TRUTH COMES OUT.”
The 46-year-old Fehn has been a member of Slipknot since 1998 and has participated on every one of the group’s studio albums. He is known for the Pinocchio-style mask he wears onstage.