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Corey Taylor Says Members of Slipknot Split Revenue Equally

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In a new interview with Vulture, Corey Taylor has said unequivocally that the band members split all revenue equally.

If that strikes you as odd, it should: when percussionist Chris Fehn was dismissed from the band earlier this year, he alleged that he was asked to sign a contract that was anything but equal. The lawsuit he subsequently filed against the band and its members accused them of not only splitting profits unequally, but keeping some of the band’s finances hidden from him. What’s more, the band’s business manager, Rob Shore, filed documents claiming Fehn was a hired employee the whole time.

How could all of those things be true at the same time? I really don’t know, but before we go any further I would like to once again state that there MUST be a lot of information relating to Fehn’s departure from Slipknot that the public doesn’t know. Something about his behavior that would explain how each party’s view of events could be so different from each other.

But back to the issue at hand, here’s how the conversation between Vulture and Taylor went down:

What kind of work goes into keeping friendships and business partnerships alive that long when there are nine people involved?

“The great thing about the business part of it is that because we’re from Iowa, it all makes sense. You do the work, you get paid. That’s straight-up it. We split merch equally. We split live equally. We do everything equally. And if we’re all working toward the same thing, then it just all makes sense. We’re always taking care of each other. Even though we’re older now, our reasons for making music and continuing to do this are still the same. It’s one of those things that, if our reasoning for doing this had changed, the band probably wouldn’t have lasted as long as it did. But — and obviously I can’t speak for everybody in the band — I know the OGs that are here are all still trying to just make the best music that we can. So we take care of each other.”

All of that is completely incongruous with Fehn’s claims… so what’s the missing piece? Something to explain it all. I reckon we’ll find out eventually, but it likely won’t be for a while as lawsuits tend to take for. fucking. ever.

In the meantime, you can listen to Slipknot’s new album We Are Not Your Kind, which came out last week.

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