Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan Clarifies Who Started Slipknot

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While taking part in a recent conversation on The Break Down With Nath & Johnny, Shawn “Clown” Crahan of Des Moines’ Slipknot spoke about the band’s origins, clearing the air regarding who took part in establishing the nu-metal act.

During this chat, Crahan talks about the personal sacrifices he and his family have made for the sake of his art, and it’s while reflecting on those sacrifices that he shares who is responsible for forming Slipknot.

Reflecting on the beginning of the band, Crahan says, “There’s all these real misunderstandings about who started the band or whatever. And the bottom line is it was Andy Rouw, the original singer, myself and Paul.” For clarity’s sake, Andy Rouw is former Slipknot vocalist Anders Colsefni.

Crahan goes on to add, “Andy ended up leaving really early in the game. And so once we were signed, it was just basically Paul and I.”

Crahan, Paul Gray, and Colsefni, along with the late drummer Joey Jordison and former band guitarists Donnie Steele and Josh Brainard would go on to create Slipknot’s first demo, Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat.

Following the demo’s release, Slipknot made several changes to their lineup; with Steele, Brainard, and Colsefni exiting the band, Slipknot brought on several new members: Corey Taylor, Sid Wilson, Mick Thomson, Craig Jones, Chris Fehn, and Jim Root. Together, this new lineup would go on to create the band’s self-titled studio album debut, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

You can check out Shawn “Clown” Crahan’s entire conversation with Nath and Johnny below. In other Slipknot-related news, according to Crahan, this year we should finally be getting the band’s lost album, Look Outside Your Window.

Upcoming Slipknot 2024 tour dates

  • April 27th – Las Vegas, NV – Sick New World
    May 12th – Daytona Beach, FL – Welcome To Rockville
    May 19th – Columbus, OH – Sonic Temple
    December 5th – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome
    December 6th – Dortmund, Germany – Westfalenhalle
    December 8th – Stuttgart, Germany – Schleyerhalle
    December 9th – Leipzig, Germany – Quarterback Immobilien Arena
    December 11th – Zurich, Switzerland – Hallenstadion
    December 12th – Paris, France – Accorhotel Arena
    December 14th – Leeds, UK – First Direct Arena
    December 15th – Glasgow, UK – OVO Hydro
    December 17th – Manchester, UK – Co-op Live Arena
    December 18th – Birmingham, UK – Utilita Arena
    December 20th – London, UK – O2 Arena

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