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Slipknot On The Cover Of Kerrang! Magazine

The 9 is on the cover of the latest issue of Kerrang! In this week’s issue of Kerrang! (on sale Wednesday 6th April 2011), K! countdowns the 20 Ultimate Slipknot anthems, as voted by their readers! To mark what would have been bassist Paul Gray‘s 39th birthday on April 8th, Kerrang! magazine is celebrating his life and music with a run down of the band’s 20 most anthemic moments. And who better to pick them than the maggots! Featuring new interviews and the inside stories as told by Corey Taylor, Joey Jordison, Shawn “Clown” Crahan and their famous fans!

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

Slipknot - Kerrang! Magazine

Source: Kerrang!

Clown Interviewed By Shockwave Magazine

Shockwave Magazine recently posted an interview with Clown (Slipknot, The Black Dots Of Death). Shawn Crahan talks about The Black Dots Of Death, losing his parents and Paul Gray. He also talks about the winners of the first Black Dots Of Death contest, upcoming Slipknot shows, his Slipknot masks sand so much more, so be sure to listen to the whole interview. You can listen to the interview in the player below.

Clown Talks The Black Dots Of Death And Slipknot

Rick Florino from ArtistDirect.com recently conducted an interview with Clown (#6 of Slipknot, The Black Dots Of Death). A couple of excerpts form the interview follow below, and you can read the whole thing here. Clown talks about The Black Dots Of Death, Slipknot, and his favorite movies.

Clown - SlipknotArtistDirect: Let’s start with those emotions because you’re covering a myriad of them on this record.

Clown: Well, as far as the emotion goes, it starts way back. Obviously, I’m in a really big band. That band started when I was 26, and it’s been going ever since. We were even doing it before we formally started. I’ve been doing that for a long time, and that was a mindset of who I was growing up to be. Then, I finally realized what I was and what my gift was, and it was based off of anger. I was trying to find salvation through anger via my dream of being a musician. I can’t believe where it went and how it’s worked out. Every day I wake up, and I’m like, “Wow, who would’ve ever known?” I’ve done a couple projects since this band, and they were other extensions of feelings. I grew up in the ’70s listening to The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and The Doors. I’m 41-years-old so that’s what mom and dad were playing all the time. My other bands were extensions of exploring other feelings within me to show the kids out there that you can pay honor to one thing, but if you hate, you should be able to love. That’s more or less what I’m saying.

ArtistDirect: Life is built on that duality.

Clown: There’s a left, and there’s a right. There’s an up, and there’s a down. There are two sides to all stories. You shouldn’t be embarrassed to let all of your feelings out, and it’s pretty cathartic to be able to trust your inner instincts to do another feeling that people wouldn’t expect. This is the most serious feeling of all for a lot of reasons. I really mean what I’m going to say. When I started getting close to 40, I had already lost my dad. I lost my mom pretty much right before I turned 40. I’m an only child and that really affected me. My mom died kind of young, and she had Alzheimer’s. My dad struggled with demons, and he had a hard life. It was really hard on me. This idea of loss was really overdriving my brain, and I started going into a place. I did an art show for my 40th birthday with all of my paintings and photography. It’s some pretty serious stuff. There were all of these people there from families that are friends of the band to lawyers to kids looking at this serious art. You don’t censor art. I was never embarrassed for some little kid to be looking at what I was exploring in my art piece because art needs to be felt. A year ago, the lead singer and I started this project with one of the guitar players. We started storing this anger that was coming out in me. The singer is just like me so he’d already had some things going on, but I was starting to come back around after a ten year career. In that band, the pieces are only as good as the whole. The whole is what it is. I’m looking for more of an individual piece. The piece is me. When Paul Gray died, he was my partner that I started the band with, life changed. Because it changed, I changed, and I started recognizing where I was. I was at a new beginning, and it was a place I had been before. The reason why is he was my first best friend to die. I have several best friends, and he was the first to pass. That really took me back, and it still does to this day. I’ve had friends die, and I’ve gone to funerals. This was a serious person in my life who helped me start something that is my life. He actually believed in me and my art, and he pushed me to be who I am today. It greatly affects me. When he passed, all of the pieces of the puzzle started coming together. I realized, “I’ve lost my mom. I’ve lost my dad. Now, I’ve lost my first best friend.” These thoughts started bringing me back to how I felt ten years ago. I thought, “That’s it. I’m a lot smarter now. I’m a lot more intelligent. I’m a lot more evolved.” Whereas in the early days, in the other band, there was a lot of physical violence and pain involved. That’s where I was. I was more bound to hurt myself to get a point across than anything else.

Slipknot To Preprod In London Before Sonisphere – New Interview With Clown

New Rock 105.1 recently conducted an interview with Clown (#6 of Slipknot). You can listen and download the interview on newrock1051.com. Clown talks about life, the beginnings of The Black Dots Of Death, Slipknot, Paul Gray and Donnie Steele. This is definitely a must hear interview, so I suggest you go right away and listen to what Clown has to say. Below you can read a few excerpts from the interview.

Clown - SlipknotClown: We made a choice to go to London to preprod [pre-production]. We decided to get the hell out of Des Moines and go to London and get away from everything here that is a distraction and, you know, the distraction of being comfortable in your own bed, there’s no being comfortable in what we got to go do. We have some serious things that we need to do, so we’re going to London for about 8-9 days, we’re gonna get show perfect, we’re gonna go through the set a couple times a day, and what we’re doing is amazing, I love what we’re doing. We’re doing something I never thought we would do, something I’ve always wanted to do we’re putting together something very special and it’s going to be absolutely beautiful and it’s going to be something more reverse than it is forward and it’s pure Slipknot style.

I’d like to say a little bit about the gentleman that is filling in for Paul Gray, a very very close friend of Paul‘s, his name is Donnie Steele. He’s a local person and a lot of people might know who he is but a lot of people don’t know that Donnie was involved in Slipknot since the very beginning. He was actually the very first guitar play in the band because of Paul, because they were so close and Paul wanted Donnie to be in the band and Donnie was in the band and we made a little record with our original vocalist Andy Rouw and it was called Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat. and Donnie is on that record.

I bring this all up because Paul never really wanted to do a side-project or get involved – well I hate that side-project crap, you know, it’s really like side-project sounds like I’m killing time – be in another band basically. Paul had finally decided that he wanted to be in another band and he was gonna do it with Donnie, so before Paul passed he was spending a lot of time with Donnie and Donnie has told me a lot of great stories about Paul on those last days and they were making songs and they were gonna make a record. They come from an upbringing of death metal and really complex music and I don’t know about what the album was gonna be or what is was gonna consist of but I know it was gonna be serious if those two cats were walking on it. So we asked Donnie and what’s so great about Donnie is that he’s just honored to be able to go up there and represent Paul Gray.

Clown - Slipknot So it will be the 8 of us on stage and Donnie will be filling in for our brother Paul and it’s family. They’ll be no new mask, no new coverall or new number. It’ll just be the essence of Slipknot with the integrity of Slipknot and it’s going to be beautiful. Everything with us happens for a reason and we’re very excited to have Donnie be a part of it because he’s been a part of it since day 1 and instead of going out and in my opinion just getting somebody who doesn’t deserve the right to get in there. They were writing music right up until he passed, they were together almost every day doing things, writing and Paul was really happy about his reuniting with Donnie and they were having a great time. So it feels good, man. I just can’t wait to start crying.

Hopefully, I can’t make any promises but there’s a few of us talking and you gotta use this lightly because NOTHING has been discussed – it’s more than better of a chance that it won’t happen, and it hasn’t been brought up in a big way, but it would be nice to bring what we’re doing over in Europe into The States. But that’s a conversation for another time, there really hasn’t been any big talkings of that. So I don’t want to get in trouble because nobody’s made any decisions – it’s just a thought. It might be cool to do it on a handful of places that we could do it over here as well. If it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen. I don’t know because we’re not talking about it. We’re taking it one day at a time and right now all we’re trying to concentrate on is getting to that first show in Athens, Greece.

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Embracing Life With The Black Dots Of Death – A Conversation With M. Shawn Crahan

Kik Axe Music recently conducted an interview with Clown (Slipknot, The Black Dots Of Death) A couple of excerpts follow below, and you can check out the whole interview by clicking here.

Zahn: On the surface, it would seem that the BDOD came together very quickly, but after listening to it, there’s seems to have been a lot more time involved.

Clown: It’s been over a year in the making, but there were elements that were missing.

[Shawn pauses]

Real quick, my last four years have been hell. I’ve lost my Dad, I’ve lost my Mom, and I’ve lost the first of my best friends. I have many best friends – well, not that many, but a handful – and I lost the very first, and the very best, that being Paul Gray, the bassist of Slipknot. He died last May, um, 24th I believe. I try not to remember the date of anybody’s death, but would rather recall when they would’ve been older. Anyway, when I turned 40, I did an art show and realized that neither of my parents would be able to attend, and that affected me greatly because they were the ones that pushed me toward the arts, and neither would be there to enjoy it. Paul Gray was there, and if I would have known that he was going to pass away…

I’m 41 now, it’s been a year, and you are feeling the truth inside the record. The BDOD are full circle for Shawn Crahan, the Clown, whatever I am. It’s a rebirth for me.

I’m 41, and my Grandpa died when he was in his late 60’s, my Dad died when he was in his mid-60’s. I’m 41, do the fucking math… if it can be done today, I’m doing it. I’m letting everyone know that I don’t care who you are, you’re not getting in my way. I’m not following your rules, and I’m making the music that I want to make, and I’m going to be the drummer that I’ve always wanted to be behind the kit. There’s people that see me as this “bat-toting clown,” and I am – it’s a position that I created for myself that’s way over people’s heads. People will never understand what Slipknot is about. It’s an anomaly that’s way over their heads and they’ll never tear it apart, and they’ll never comprehend it. Slipknot was designed that way, and I helped to design it. This is personal. This is me. And this is all the different genres of music that I’ve always wanted to put together at once without it being too much of one thing. There’s a lot of hurt, there’s a lot of pain, and there’s a lot of anger. Our energy is not to be taken lightly, and the BDOD believe that what you say will be held against you. If you’re not with us, you’re against us, and that’s just the way it is.

Read the rest of the interview at Kik Axe Music.

Shawn Crahan and his daughter

Corey Taylor: ‘Without Paul Gray, There Would Have Been No Slipknot’

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor told Caller.com‘s “Weekly Chatter” that he is still struggling with the loss of the band’s bassist, Paul Gray, and isn’t guaranteeing anything about the group’s future.

“There’s a part of me that’s ready [to carry on with the band] and there’s a part of me that’s not,” Taylor said. “Honestly, I have a lot of trepidation about it. I don’t know how to feel. I know a lot of the guys in the band are trying not to show that side, and I can’t.”

Slipknot will make a number festival appearances this summer, including the U.K.’s Sonisphere, Belgium’s Graspop Metal Meeting> and Brazil’s Rock In Rio. Joining the group on bass will be Donnie Steele, who was the original guitar player in Slipknot and had actually reconnected with Paul Gray in recent years.

Taylor admitted that he is still unsure going back out and performing live without Gray is the right thing to do.

“He’s irreplaceable,” Taylor said. “Without Paul Gray, there would have been no Slipknot, and I mean that sincerely. So to me, it’s strange for me to think about the future of Slipknot without him.

“This tour coming up is definitely going to be like baby steps,” he said. “So it’s going to be a long time before I feel OK about it. I’m not saying that I’m not open to it. I’m just saying that I’m not there yet, and I don’t know how long it’s going to take me to get there. So we’re just going to have to see what happens. Only time will tell.”

Source: Blabbermouth

Corey Taylor On Playing Without Paul Gray: “I’m Nowhere Near Prepared For The Emotion”

In this weeks edition of Kerrang! Magazine, Slipknot‘s Corey Taylor talks openly of his apprehension ahead of this summer’s Slipknot shows- the band’s first since bassist Paul Gray passed away last May.

“I’m scared to death,” he tells Kerrang!. “I’m nowhere near prepared for the emotion that’s going to happen. That first show [in Athens, Greece on June 17] is really going to be the test. That tour for the most part is going to be a test. It’s very hard, man… It’s still reverberating through my life… We’re coming up to the year anniversary of his death, and I still can’t fucking handle it.”

You can read the full interview with Corey in this weeks Kerrang!, which is in newsagents now. Slipknot hit the UK in July for Sonisphere, Knebworth.

Paul Gray - Slipknot

Source: Roadrunner UK

New Paul Gray Slipknot Shirt To Benefit MusiCares

MusiCares. 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.

Paul Gray MusiCares Slipknot T-shirt

Source: Slipknot/MusiCares

Slipknot Announces Touring Bassist

For their upcoming shows in 2011, Slipknot has asked Donnie Steele to fill in for Paul Gray on bass. Donnie, as some may recall, was the original guitar player in Slipknot and had actually reconnected with Paul in recent years. Said the band on their decision, “Donnie was in the band at the very beginning, and rather than get an outsider, we thought it would be a fitting tribute to Paul to play with someone from within the family. Donnie was great friends with Paul and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate his memory than with someone who was there with us at the very beginning. The eight of us are looking forward to being onstage again and honoring Paul’s legacy with our families in Europe and Brazil this summer.”

Source: Slipknot