In a brand new interview with The Press-Enterprise, SLIPKNOT mastermind/percussionist M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan spoke about taking part in this summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival — the band’s first full U.S. tour since losing bassist Paul Gray, who was found dead of an overdose of morphine and fentanyl at a hotel in Urbandale, Iowa in May 2010.
“When I walk out onstage and [Paul‘s] not there, it’s devastating,” Crahan said. “But I celebrate him. I talk to him. I ask for his love. I ask for his participation. I ask for him to enjoy himself. Some days I yell at him. Some days I cry. As far as our fans go, I make eye contact because I notice that they notice he’s not there, and I feel their pain. So I try to look at them, everybody in the eye and let them know I know what they’re going through.”
He added, “Paul will always be #2 of nine guys, always, for the rest of my life. Anybody that comes in, this might sound bad, they’re not going to be part of the nine. They’re going to be an addition. They’ll never be part of that sacred nine, the nine that started and are continuing.”
According to Crahan, SLIPKNOT plans to wrap up touring in August, and then take a break before reconvening to work in earnest on a new CD.
“We’re going to stay strong together,” he said. “We’re going to move on, and we’re going to continue to make SLIPKNOT music, and Paul will always be there. As long as I’m in the band, he will not never be there.”
SLIPKNOT‘s last record, “All Hope Is Gone”, was released in 2008.