Roadrunner Records conducted an interview with SLIPKNOT mastermind/percussionist M. Shawn "Clown" Crahan at this year's Download festival, which took place June 14-16 at Donington Park in Leicestershire, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below.
As previously reported, Crahan spoke with Kerrang! magazine about the band's continued delay in recording a follow-up to 2008's "All Hope Is Gone" after the death of bassist Paul Gray in May 2010. The SLIPKNOT co-founder explained: "We haven't written an album in five years because we wrote one, we toured it for two years, and Paul died, and it's been three years. What do you want from me? Nothing. When I come back, when we come back, it will be time, you will understand, we will understand, and it will be right. We'll be the first band that could be off for five years and come back like we never were gone. So that's what it's all about."
Crahan also spoke about returning to England to headline the Download festival for the first time since Gray's death. Crahan said, "We take tonight as seriously as we did as the Astoria (in London) the first time we came over (to the U.K.). It's always been our way, it always will be our way."
He added, "I don't give a fuck about playing for the fans, I don't give a fuck about playing for myself, I don't give a fuck about the stage — any of it. All I care about is playing with my brothers . . . This is what I signed up for. This is what I started. This is my dream. And it's not just me; it's my bros and me playing what we were born to do."
SLIPKNOT has performed live over the past two years, but is not likely to begin recording a new album until 2014.
Crahan recently revealed that he plans to make a documentary on eating disorders and has asked for people to come forward and tell their stories. Crahan said, "Why eating disorders? My path through life has brought me into contact with a number of women and men suffering from these terrible diseases and I feel compelled to do what I can to help."