Carla Harvey of the BUTCHER BABIES and Revolver TV conducted an interview with SLIPKNOT co-founder/conceptualist/percussionist Shawn M. Crahan (a.k.a. Clown) at a recent stop of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. You can now watch the chat below.

When asked about the progress of the songwriting sessions for SLIPKNOT's next studio album, Crahan said, "We kind of play along with the press — you know, these editors and corporate people, and they're always asking people to ask questions. I could tell everybody that we're breaking up tonight, and everybody'd go home and it'd be on Blabbermouth, which could kiss my ass. Or blah blah blah… Here's the deal: My bass player died. He was one of my best friends. It's been over two years. What the fuck do you want from me? What the hell do you want from the band? We decided to go out on the road sporadically over the last year and a half and share our grief with our fans. When you lose one of your best friends, what else do you have to think about? Right now, I cannot control my emotions about him, and when I go into the studio, I wanna at least be able to control the way I feel so I can give the best performance for him, for us, for the fans, for the world."

As previously reported, SLIPKNOT guitarist Jim Root rejoined the band on stage this past Friday night (July 13) at the Tampa, Florida stop of the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival after missing several dates of the tour because a burst appendix. A statement issued by the rest of the group said that Root had been seriously ill for the past few weeks and that the situation could have been life threatening.

SLIPKNOT's stint on the Mayhem tour is the band's first U.S. trek since the May 2010 death of bassist Paul Gray.

The tour also features SLAYER, MOTÖRHEAD, ANTHRAX and others on the bill.

Following the end of the tour, the group will headline Knotfest, two festival dates put together by the band itself on August 17 in Council Bluffs, Iowa and August 18 in Somerset, Wisconsin.

SLIPKNOT will tentatively enter the studio sometime in early 2013 to begin recording its fifth album. In the meantime, a greatest-hits collection called "Antennas To Hell" arrives on July 24.


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