Slipknot's Clown: 'There Will Always Be Nine'

Slipknot percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan isn't sure whether they'll ever replace tragic bassist Paul Gray.

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Slipknot percussionist Shawn 'Clown' Crahan isn't sure whether they'll ever replace tragic bassist Paul Gray although he knows their time of mourning him is coming to an end.

Gray died of an accidental drug overdose in 2010. His number in the band, two, has not been re-assigned although they toured with former member Donnie Steel playing from offstage. Crahan says there will be no number ten.

And he's revealed plans to make a work of art out of blood drained from a knee injury he sustained on stage earlier this year.

The musician, who describes himself as 'kind of the visionary, so to speak' tells CityBeat: "Right now, since our bass player passed away, we are reminiscing a life spent. We're just kind of sharing this thought process with our fans."

"We don't see him on stage, they don't see him on stage. We go through it together. We are getting ready to end that thought process, that sporadic touring of understanding that he is no longer with us."

"There always be only nine. I don't know if there will ever be another person on stage there probably could be another bass player behind us. I don't know, and I don't have to think about it because it's a long way off."

Crahan sustained damage to his knee after falling off his hydraulic platform in Australia earlier this year, and as a result of Slipkot's touring schedule he didn't have time to undergo physical therapy before hitting the road again.

"The first day I paid the price," he says. "It's all good because I have kept all the blood. I have all the syringes and everything so I'll make art. I'll have a nice art piece for my pain."

He's not the first, and he won't be the last, to be wounded during the band's powerful live shows. "Everybody goes through something every day," Crahan reflects. "Sid's dealing with some sort of hernia and some shoulder stuff that he has to get an MRI for."

Thanks to Classic Rock Magazine for the report.

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    DaniArrow
    am i the only one who thinks that they're "paul gray" subject has been going on forever and is kinda annoyingly ridiculous? i mean yeah, he was a good bass player and it's a tragedy he died, but it seems that's the only thing this band has been talking about for 2 years. get over it or quit. and if you don't quit, don't make the freakin new bass player stand behind the stage. if there's really such a hole in your band just play without bass or not at all. this is really becoming a joke.
    mikbenab
    After I had read this comment, I felt relieved, cause now I know, that I'm not alone. I couldn't agree more with DaniArrow, but I have something to add: First: I'm 16 years old now, my father has died in 2012, and naturally I had been sad, but I got over it in some months, because I had a lot of friends and I knew that I could depend on them. But that's why they also depended on me, to be the same person as I was, and not to be depressed. And now look at Slipknot! They have millions of people to support them and who can understand their problem. And Corey said on 2012 July 11:"It's just gonna take a little time." You had more than 2(!) years! What else do you want? You will lose all of your fans, especially with these stupid statements! And what is that:"There always be only nine. I dont know if there will ever be another person on stage there probably could be another bass player behind us."? Why? Why can't you add the number 10 for a new bass player and keep number 2 as the sign of respect? They simply can't accept that he is gone, but they should, because this way it won't end well... Then: Shall I confess something wicked? Instead of crying they should look for a new bass player... Paul Gray was a good bass player, but not for Slipknot. For Blink 182 perhaps. This doesn't mean thet Blink 182 is weak, but Slipknot needs more. With a really good bass player Slipknot could be the best metal band of all time, but I play the guitar for only 8 years and I can play Paul's riffs easily. It sounds awful, I know, but, let's face it, so does the man's playing. Finally: I really love Slipknot, but I am becoming nervous, beacuse they act like a child, no, they worse than a child: my brother was 5 years old when our father died and he also got over it in months. I don't know if there is anything more behind the things they tell us, but i think what they do is not likable for anyone.
    tennesseehild
    Dude all I can say is, if it such an issue for Corey to do a new album without Paul, then why is it he has no issue trucking along with his Stonesour project? It just seems to me if you need time off then take it don't hide behind a ghost so you can seperate from the group that made you.
    Sheep Shagger
    "I dont know if there will ever be another person on stage there probably could be another bass player behind us." Wow, what a dick move!
    5MinutesAlone
    DaniArrow wrote: am i the only one who thinks that they're "paul gray" subject has been going on forever and is kinda annoyingly ridiculous? i mean yeah, he was a good bass player and it's a tragedy he died, but it seems that's the only thing this band has been talking about for 2 years. get over it or quit. and if you don't quit, don't make the freakin new bass player stand behind the stage. if there's really such a hole in your band just play without bass or not at all. this is really becoming a joke.
    Thank you for voicing out what thousands of us are probably thinking. On a side note...that dude needs to chill the **** out with his 'Oh slipknot is not a band...its a religion..a culture' shit. I mean honestly you dont tag yourself with such things. The people who listen to you do. It sounds completely arrogant and as if forced in. Almost like he is trying to manufacture that shit. Also why the **** is he the spokesperson of the band? Is he even a musician?? If hitting on a ****ing piece of trash can randomly with a baseball bat is called being a musician then im surely the best guitar player of all time. Seriously! If Jim Root or Mick Thomson came up and said things like that I would probably take them more seriously.
    jmarse
    i hate to bring it up on a slipknot page but i'm sure some of us know how A7X handled the Rev's passing, they dedicated an album to him along with a very emotional song and temporarily replaced him with his idol (Portnoy) so i mean i'm not saying Slipknot should do anything like that but there are other more constructive ways of dealing with the gaping hole in the band on stage.
    iTz WiNTeRs
    I like this band, but damn the are milking it out. When Cliff Burton of Metallica died, they mourned and then replaced him with Jason in less than a year, how long does it take?
    Javis425
    DaniArrow wrote: am i the only one who thinks that they're "paul gray" subject has been going on forever and is kinda annoyingly ridiculous? i mean yeah, he was a good bass player and it's a tragedy he died, but it seems that's the only thing this band has been talking about for 2 years. get over it or quit. and if you don't quit, don't make the freakin new bass player stand behind the stage. if there's really such a hole in your band just play without bass or not at all. this is really becoming a joke.
    I think it is in large part because it is the only thing they have been asked about for the past 2 years. I think the media is dwelling on it because it gets them page clicks.
    MrCheezus
    Just bring Donnie Steel on as the new bassist. Give him a ski mask or a hockey mask or put a piata on his head. Anything, so we can have the nine back.
    Ethangamma24
    I agree with 5MinutesAlone on the religion aspect. I'm a Born-Again Christian myself, and although I'm not necessarily offended by that comment, I think Clown doesn't need to be treading in those waters, or they could lose a lot of fans. I'm sure there are thousands in Slipknot's fan base that are members of different religions that they could lose if he makes any more comments similar to that.