The Kerrang! podcast conducted an interview with SLIPKNOT mastermind/percussionist M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan at this year’s Download festival, which is taking place June 14-16 at Donington Park in Leicestershire, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked what it feels like to headline Download festival for the first time since the death of SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray, Crahan said: “We take tonight as seriously as we did as the Astoria [in London] the first time we came over [to the U.K.]. It’s always been our way, it always will be our way.”
He continued: “I don’t give a fuck about playing for the fans, I don’t give a fuck about playing for myself, I don’t give a fuck about the stage — any of it. All I care about is playing with my brothers. I hear the fucking guitar, I hear the drums fills, I hear the vocals, and I’m fucking happy. This is what I signed up for. This is what I started. This is my dream. And it’s not just me; it’s my bros and me playing what we were born to do — little kids up on a fucking basement stage.
“Now, if the kids are happy, I’m happy. Is everybody happy with the stage? That’s all cool. But I don