SLIPKNOT Percussionist CLOWN Leaves Tour Due To Wife's Illness

SLIPKNOT performed at Lowell, MA's Tsongas Arena Tuesday night (March 15) without percussionist Clown (No. 6) — also known as Shawn Crahan — who had to leave the band's current tour because his wife is ill with Crohn's disease. Earlier this month, Clown was forced to miss the group's appearance on NBC's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" for the same reason. Lead singer Corey Taylor dedicated the band's "Conan" performance to Crahan and his family as the song started. No further information is available on Crahan's wife's condition.

Roadrunner Records will issue a 2-CD special edition of SLIPKNOT's "Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses)" on April 12. The release will feature exclusive new packaging, and a disc full of bonus music. The eight bonus tracks are as follows: "Don't Get Close" and "Scream" (both non-album tracks from the "Vol. 3" sessions), "Vermilion" (Terry Date mix), "Danger - Keep Away" (original full-length version of the album track), "The Blister Exists", "Three Nil", "Disasterpiece", and "People=Shit" (all live tracks).

As previously reported, "Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses)" was certified platinum last month by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments in excess of 1 million copies in the United States. "Vol. 3" has yielded Modern and Active Rock radio hits with "Duality", "Vermilion", and now "Before I Forget". SLIPKNOT's first arena tour in three years is doing great numbers, with 75 percent of tickets pre-sold in some markets. Supporting at all dates are SHADOWS FALL and LAMB OF GOD.

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