Ahead of a handful of European festival appearances, including a slot headlining Download, and their US ‘Summer’s Last Stand’ Arena tour with Lamb Of God, Bullet For My Valentine and Motionless In White, Slipknot’s Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan has spoken about Slipknot never ending.
He’s mentioned the idea of his son replacing him a couple of times but expands on this in an interview with Rolling Stone.
“What I’ve been saying is that only my mind – this is all from me, this isn’t from anybody else – I look at it as I’m not going to be able to do this forever,” he starts. “Hopefully I can do it until I can’t walk. Sometimes I think to myself, the drummer, I could be his dad. So I look at him and think, “Fuck, man, I could pound him into shape for the next 20 years and he’d still be fucking young.” And if I wanted to continue to do other things, I could step aside. And what better way to have the young’uns come in and learn the way? And what if Slipknot could be this recycled thought process that is completely on point and just keeps going for life? That would have to be up to all of us, of course, but if people had to step aside and could bust in someone new and it was all there, that would be this band. This band could be something that’s never been in this life before,” he continues.
“Wouldn’t it be cool if this shit I’m involved in could just continue through life, like an actual culture, like an emperor, like a president or a king or a queen. The lineage keeps going on and on and the thought process is intact and it’s fabulous,” Clown adds before reassuringly stating “I’m not gonna authorize anything that’s fake or full of shit. I’m talking about real stuff.”
He concludes by saying “I know every other band and fuck them all, man. I’m in the greatest band in the world, period. End of story. We’re the best.”