SLIPKNOT guitarist Mick Thomson recently spoke to David Wedge of the Boston Herald about being nominated for a Grammy in the "Best Hard Rock" and "Best Metal" categories.
"It would be something to sit on top of my television and joke about," said Thomson, also known as Number 7. "But I wouldn't be any cooler today than I was before I won a Grammy. Winning a Grammy doesn't validate our existence."
Thomson said he skipped the Grammys at the last minute and wasn't in the crowd when his band lost out in the metal category to MOTÖRHEAD.
"Last I checked, they were a rock 'n' roll band,'' Thomson said, laughing. "I guess it would be cool to win, but unless your label is the biggest in the world, it's all very corporate. If we ever should have won, this would be the time."
Tomorrow, SLIPKNOT headlines a punishing bill at Lowell's Tsongas Arena that includes controversial Virginia band LAMB OF GOD, surging Bay State metal masters SHADOWS FALL and SWORN ENEMY.
"Obviously, we wear masks and the stage show is crazy but when it comes right down to it, it's about the music," Thomson explained to the Boston Herald. "Plus we know how to write a song. It's one thing to play but another thing to write a memorable song that makes you want to listen to it again.
"There's nothing else like it. It's very unique," Thomson said of the band's music. "We didn't sound like anything that was out there and we just did our own thing and it worked for us. And it was about honesty."