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Clown Interviewed On Full Metal Jackie’s Radio Show

M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan of Slipknot was interviewed on this past weekend’s (April 1-3) edition of Full Metal Jackie’s nationally syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.

To see a full list of stations carrying the program and when it airs, go to FullMetalJackieRadio.com.

Source: Blabbermouth

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Brenna Gray: ‘A Lot Of People Don’t Understand’ The Demon Of Addiction

Brenna Gray, the widow of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray, was interviewed for the January/February 2011 issue of Revolver magazine, which remembers many of hard rock and metal’s most dearly departed. Previously unpublished parts of the chat have now been posted at RevolverMag.com. A couple of excerpts follow below.

Revolver: When did [Paul Gray] start slipping [into drug addiction] again?

Brenna: You know, I couldn’t tell you. He was great. It was kind of like the old saying, “Idle hands do the devil’s work.” And I think I kind of started noticing after the [Slipknot touring] cycle [in support of the “All Hope Is Gone” album], after the tour was over, which was Halloween [of 2009], their last show in Vegas. He was fine, and I got pregnant right before Christmas, and he was just so happy. I mean, I’d never seen him more happy, honestly. But I wouldn’t say I really noticed anything until six weeks prior to his death. And I knew something was going on, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. Because he would be fine one day, and the next he wouldn’t. So I was kind of unsure, like, Hmm, something’s not adding up here. And it wasn’t ’til that Saturday that I realized what was going on when I found things in my home. Then he passed away that Sunday. So I really had no time to really make a move. That Saturday I said, “Hey, we need to do something. We need to fix this.” And he agreed, and he was getting ready to go out on tour with [metal cover-band supergroup] Hail. And he said, “I’ll go get help after I come back from this tour.” And I just said, “You’re not going.” And I called his manager, and I said, “You need to cancel this tour. He’s not going.” And I just think it was a little too late. I think there’s nothing anyone could have done. And it’s just a big shock because I don’t think any of us really knew this time. I mean, he played a good game. And it just happened so quickly that it was literally a blink of the eye. I had no idea. No idea. And once we found out he had a really bad heart disease, I mean…he was sick and none of us knew about it. None of us knew about it. And I think that was the most upsetting thing to me was that I didn’t knew. ‘Cause I always knew, and I always brought him back when things were starting to take a turn. But this time I just couldn’t do it. I couldn’t tell you what led him to do it. What was going on in his life? I have no idea, no clue.

Revolver: Just the demon of addiction.

Brenna: It is, and a lot of people don’t understand it. People are so cruel. I try not to feed into it, but I read so many awful things on the Internet. And it’s just like people don’t understand it. And if they can learn anything from this, it’s that it is a sickness. And he didn’t do this on purpose. And he would have never ever put himself in this situation if he knew this was going to happen. I mean, you and I can say, “Of course something like this can happen.” But we’re not addicts. If I can let anybody know and learn from this, that’s what I want to do. ‘Cause people don’t get it, and it’s sad ’cause so many people are having their lives taken by it.

Revolver: There should be a lot more compassion.

Brenna: Right. I guess I can kind of understand, but they’re just so close-minded. They’re like, “Oh, typical rock star who has money and fame and a wife and a child on the way. Why would you do something like this?” If he could control it, he would. I’ve had talks with him over the years, and he just wanted to be done with it. But it’s a life-long disease, that even if he stays clean for the rest of his life, he’d still have the disease. I mean, it was a full-time job for him. He had to completely rearrange his life and it’s hard. It’s really hard. And people just don’t want to get it. They’re close-minded, and they can just fuck off in my book.

Read more at RevolverMag.com.

Source: Blabbermouth

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Paul Gray All Hope Is Gone Mask – Photos + Video

I’ve decided to take some photos and make a video of my latest Paul Gray All Hope Is Gone Slipknot masks for your viewing pleasure. I hope you will enjoy these photos and be sure to watch the video too, which features 2 Paul Gray masks. These masks were made by Alex (youtube.com/agothinncloth) and the paint style is based on the infamous All Hope Is Gone red jumpsuit photoshoot.

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Slipknot: Happy Birthday Paul

Here are two birthday wishes/messages posted by Clown and Joey Jordison on Slipknot‘s official website.

Hey everybody, it’s Clown, I wanted to say that today is a very special and beautiful day. I wanted everyone to know that I am the type of person that would not commemorate a day that someone close to me passed away, but I am the type of person that celebrates the day that they were born. Today is the day that Paul Dedrick Gray was born which makes it a very, very, very special day for me and all of us who miss and love him and think about him every day. Paul, I love you and I miss you. Your friend and brother forever,

Today is a day that will have a special place in my heart forever. It’s a special day for all, for not only me and the guys in our band and families, but for everyone to put smiles across their faces and to celebrate the emotion and beauty of one of the greatest souls to ever grace music and humanity. I spent all of last night watching our videos since our days as little kids who had a dream and fuck, Paul we did make that dream come true. I fell asleep last night only to wake up minutes ago with a smile on my face as my slumbers were filled with memories I’d long forgot. Even as I write this my eyes are getting a little watery. He loves all of you who embraced his music. God bless to Brenna, October and all his friends and family as well. I wish that all of you that couldn’t share time with Paul will by playing his records ‘til your ceilings crack and your ears bleed and by celebrating his memory in the glory that it is. I love you Paul and I’ll see you again soon, but not yet…not yet. Hail Paul, hail Slipknot. Your friend,

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Source: Slipknot

Paul Gray MusiCares Tribute Shirt – High Resolution Photos Available

Check out those high resolution photos of the Paul Gray MusiCares Slipknot Tribute Shirt. For those of you who aren’t familiar with MusiCares it is a great charity that helps struggling musicians in a number of ways. You can find more info on MusiCares by clicking here and you can order your own Paul Gray tribute shirt by clicking here and you will be helping a great charity in the process!

This is a limited edition tee in commemoration of Paul Gray’s passing away last year. His wife Brenna Gray and MusiCares teamed up to bring it to you in his memory. Brenna designed this shirt so her involvement makes it something extra special.

The first day this t-shirt went on sale it sold out! Yeah, you people bought everything they had prepared for the store, so MusiCares had to print new ones.

If you didn’t get this great t-shirt yet, I suggest you go here and get one right away! Money from each shirt sale goes directly to the MusiCares Foundation.

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Credit: MusiCares

Kerrang!: Remembering Paul Gray

Today (Friday, April 8) would have been Paul Gray‘s 39th birthday.

The Slipknot bassist tragically passed away on May 24 last year, but Kerrang! decided to pay tribute to his life and his music in this week’s Kerrang! magazine with our ultimate countdown of Slipknot‘s 20 best anthems instead.

Paul‘s wife Brenna would not only like to thank you all for voting for your favourite tracks, but she also wants to thank you for all the support you’ve given her and Paul‘s family, friends and band mates over what has been a very difficult year.

“This issue is not only dedicated to Paul, his birth, his life, and his legacy – but to each and every one of you,” she said. “Thank you for everything.Your commitment, your support, and your loyalty throughout the good times and the bad are what will keep Paul alive in all of us.

“I can’t wait for you all to read the stories behind the songs, and I am extremely excited about the upcoming Slipknot tour this summer,” she added. “Paul dedicated his life to Slipknot, so let’s all sing our hearts out and let his music live on through us forever.”

Fans worldwide can get their hands on this must have issue by ordering from the Kerrang! Website – order online at greatmagazines.co.uk/kslipknot

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Source: Kerrang!

Clown Interviewed By Little Rat Bastard

LittleRatBastard.com recently conducted an interview with Clown. #6 of Slipknot talks about The Black Dots Of Death, the upcoming Slipknot shows, Paul Gray and much more! Below you can read a couple of excerpts from the interview and you can read the whole thing here.

The J: You had mentioned Slipknot and obviously you guys suffered a great loss this past year both personally and as a band, are you in a position to speculate on the future of the band at this point?

Clown - SlipknotClown: We are doing a couple dozen shows this summer in Europe, because there are European festivals and they are very easy for us to obtain because we’ve done them every summer and America isn’t really onto the festival way of life yet. So, it makes more sense to go over there to tribute Paul Gray who dies last year, 2010. As far as that goes, that’s all there is right now. There’s a few of us that would really love to think about bringing the same sort of show over to America for the American kids, but it’s not been talked about, it’s definitely not a certainty. It may not even be a possibility, but I’ll be honest some of us are talking about it, because some of us talk. You know, we don’t all get to talk at the same time or see each other, because we’re all busy. That is something that I wish would happen, but I don’t have full control over making that happen and I can’t guarantee that that will happen. As far as the future goes, you know, it’s one day at a time, whether people like that saying or not. We’re just gonna’ take it one day at a time. We’re gonna’ go over there to Europe and gonna’ get on stage, the eight of us. There will be no new masks. There will be no new coveralls. There will be no new member. There’ll just be an old member that used to be in the band way back in the day, and he’ll be filling in for Paul. He was a really good friend of Paul’s. He was jamming with Paul recently before his death. Then we’re gonna’ do something together, so it feels right. It’ll be the eight of us on stage and we’re just gonna’ do what we do and we’re going to see how we fell and then we’ll let everybody know what’s going on from there. Do I want a future? Yes. Do I want to write another record? Yes. Do I want to go on tour again? Yes. Does that mean we’re going to? I have no idea. I’m not a fortuneteller; I do not know what the future entails. I can’t speak for anybody else but me, nor would I want to. Everyone has their own feelings, their own actions, and reactions and results to what this is all about. We’ll just do the best we can to collectively bring it together and figure it out for ourselves. Which we will, it’ll be one way or the other and that’ll be that. What I will say is that we’ve had a pretty damned good run and we’ve changed the world. And that’s an accomplishment. And if it never were to continue I would be satisfied with the outcome. I would be happy for what we have done, ‘cause I survived it. (laughs) Yeah, I survived it alright.

The J: About The Black Dots of Death as new project, is this something you want to continue beyond this album?

Clown: Well, I’ve got four priorities. The first priority started yesterday and that was to start the puzzles, the seven day puzzles on the website. So priority one has begun and it’s an ongoing process until the 29th, which is the second priority, the album coming out. The third priority is to practice and get things to a point where I even get a couple shows done before I go out with Slipknot. But my biggest priority of 2011 is go out and do these couple dozen shows and start the grieving process for one of my best friends and co-founder of the band Slipknot and give him as much love and respect that I possibly can. Then after that, it’s all Black Dots as much as it can be, touring, playing shows and punchin’ people in the face with art. With concepts, and metaphors, and morals, and parallel themes, you know, that’s what I do. I want to touch on all your senses. I wanna’ touch on everything that you are.

Read the whole interview at LittleRatBasterd.com