SLIPKNOT's percussionist and videographer M. Shawn Crahan (a.k.a. Clown) recently sat down with Roadrunner Records to discuss his bittersweet memories of headlining the 2009 Download Festival.
Playing to 80,000 screaming fans after having the band's fourth studio album, "All Hope Is Gone", debut at #1 in the U.S., the full, explosive set was captured for the brand new live DVD, "(sic)nesses". With the energetic, chill-inducing show marking one disc of the two-disc set, and a Clown-directed documentary of life on the road in support of "All Hope is Gone" marking the second, Clown discusses what it's like to look back on this banner year for the band in light of the untimely passing of their bassist and brother Paul Gray.
Watch below to see what he had to say about all of the above and more, and stay tuned for the second part of Roadrunner's exclusive interview coming later this week.
Gray was found dead in a hotel room in a Des Moines, Iowa suburb last May at the age of 38 from an overdose of morphine.
The members of SLIPKNOT have indicated that when they record and tour again — whenever that is — Gray will not be replaced and the bass parts will be played by other members of the group.
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