Here’s why Slipknot doesn’t want to play alongside Foo Fighters at festivals

Here’s why Slipknot doesn’t want to play alongside Foo Fighters at festivals

"I need the fan that has anxiety, parents are getting divorced, social problems, gender problems," says Slipknot drummer Shawn 'The Clown' Crahan.

Slipknot have had a pretty successful (to say the least) run of "Knotfests" all over the world, with huge, pyrotechnic ridden shows happening in California, Mexico and Japan. And the Foo Fighters are no strangers to sold-out arenas and die hard rock fans. So would the two be seen on stage together soon? The answer unfortunately, is "no".

According to a report by NME, Slipknot have revealed that they no longer want to play alongside Foo Fighters at music festivals, for fear of alienating their fans. One of Slipknot's two percussionists, Shawn "The Clown" Crahan, was giving a talk at the Pollstar Live! event, titled ‘Underground To Mainstream: What Are Metal And Hip-Hop Doing Right (And Where Does It Go From Here?) on Sunday. During the show, Crahan spoke about the band's appeal to different audiences and what it means for them in terms of festival appearances.

The Foo Fighters perform on stage at Glastonbury 2017. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

“I ask myself, does Slipknot want to play next to the Foo Fighters?,” said Crahan. “The answer is no, because my kids don’t want me to do that.”

“If we play alongside the Foo Fighters we are going to get new fans, I agree with that. I love that. But I’m worried about the kid that won’t come to the show, because we’re playing with the Foo Fighters. He wants to know why we’re not playing with Nine Inch Nails. Those kids tell all of us what they want,” the masked drummer elaborated.

Clown added: “So, don’t try to figure out ways of how to combine things for the new fan. I don’t need the new fan, I need the fan that has anxiety, parents are getting divorced, social problems, gender problems — I need them to come to the ultimate show. And they’re going to get that at Knotfest.”

 Zakk Wylde (L) and singer Corey Taylor of Slipknot perform during the Ozzy Osbourne and Corey Taylor special announcement that Ozzfest and Knotfest would be merging for the 2017 edition. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Knotfest is the band’s very own music festival, which first premiered in 2012 at Council Bluffs, Iowa. Headliners at the festival in the past have included several big names from the alternative metal scene, including Korn, Limp Bizkit, Lamb of God, Five Finger Death Punch and In Flames.

In an interview with NME, Crahan revealed that the band has decided to do things differently. “Our label had been bought and sold, people who used to give me advice are gone now, we’re still standing. We’re not going to wait around for Corey Taylor to say that he’s ready, no one’s going to wait for me to finish directing a movie, the same thing goes if someone wants to go out on tour with someone else,” he said.

One might wonder if the audience for Nine Inch Nails was that much different than the audience for Foo Fighters, considering that when numbers usually run into tens of thousands of people, the crowd tends to get quite homogenous.

Regardless, it seems the point Crahan was making was that Slipknot is only interested in performing with more metal oriented acts. Foo Fighters might fall short of that with their clean vocals and often melodic interludes. Looks like image is very important to Crahan!


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