Clown: There will always be nine
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.”