And frontman Corey Taylor has clearly been keeping tabs on fans’ excitement, deciding to cruelly troll the world on Instagram over the weekend by ‘unveiling’ his new mask ahead of schedule. “New Mask? Here you go,” he posted, alongside a picture the most infuriating drawn-on pink smiley face ever. Urgh.
We recently quizzed ’Knot percussionist Clown on the Iowa titans’ new masks, to which he replied: “They’re doing good. One of them was painted by the gentleman who is working on it, and one of them is not, because I have a small group of artist friends, and we play with them here in Des Moines. So we’re playing with one. But both of them have had their hair sewn on now, and both hair is the same, which is interesting that I decided to go for the same hair for both. But that’s how the feeling is. My wife doesn’t like the new masks – I’ll just let the whole world know that! She’s not feeling it at all (laughs). But when I sewed the hair on she liked it better.”
Is this the first ever Clown mask that she doesn’t like?
“I don’t wanna speak for her, but she’s like everybody else! Everybody is just brainwashed to go, ‘Hey, I want OG Clown! Hey, I want the red coveralls!’ Arghhhhhh! No! I grow up. I’m a year older every year, so everyone: fuck it. It changes. My wife is like everybody else and likes the brilliant idea of 1998 Slipknot: in your face, fuck you, middle finger pressed up against your forehead. So she’s stuck in that brilliance. I get it all day: ‘You gonna wear the red coveralls?’ ‘I don’t know, I have no idea.’ But yeah, the masks are pretty cool.”
Hmmm. Anyway, here’s Corey’s ‘mask’…
Damn you, Corey.
Catch Slipknot at the following dates this year:
7 – 8 Hyvinkää Rockfest
7 – 9 Nuremberg Rock Im Park
7 – 9 Nürburg Rock Am Ring
13 – 15 Nickelsdorf Novarock
13 – 16 Interlaken Greenfield
14 – 16 Derby Download Festival
17 Leipzig Arena
18 Hannover TUI Arena
19 – 22 Copenhagen CopenHell
21 – 23 Dessel Graspop
25 – 26 Krakow Mystic Festival
27 Bologna Sonic Park
28 – 30 Madrid Download Festival
1 Nîmes Amphitheatre
3 – 6 Lisbon VOA
4 – 5 Viveiro Resurrection Fest
Slipknot live photo: Amy Harris
Corey Taylor says that Slipknot’s new album – the follow-up to 2019’s We Are Not Your Kind – is “probably about 80 per cent done”, with a new single coming very soon…
After falling offstage and breaking his ribs at a solo gig on Friday (October 15), Vince Neil is now “back home and resting”.