Slipknot’s Clown Will “Definitely” Get Covid-19 Vaccine
Slipknot percussionist M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan has weighed in on the Covid-19 vaccine, saying that he will “definitely” get it so he can safely tour the world, conduct meet-and-greets with fans, and at the urging of his family.
Speaking on his own podcast, The Electric Theater With Clown, hosted by hard-hitting journalistic outpost Knotfest.com, the percussionist was allegedly interviewing notorious metal edgelord and fellow 5B Management client Adam Darski (Behemoth), but went on quite the exposition of his own about the vaccine. Clown’s rant included plenty of his typical nonsensical gobbledy-gook, but some of what he says is actually intelligible.
He explained of his hesitation but ultimate acceptance of the vaccine:
“I haven’t had a flu shot in 20 years, and I haven’t had the flu in 20 years. But let me take it a step further. Do I agree with the vaccine? I don’t know what I agree with. I know I don’t wanna be told to do anything. I’ve never been told I had to get the flu shot, but I’m being told — and this could have changed… I don’t like talking about things unless I know they’re facts, but I have heard this from a reliable source, that Canada is gonna make it mandatory, to be able to come into Canada, you’re gonna have to have proof of the vaccine. So, I’ve never had to get a flu shot to go anywhere, but now to do my living, I’m gonna have to have a vaccine — proof of it — to go to Canada. So, normality for me is that now I just need Japan to say that, I need North America to say that, I need South America to say that, Australia, New Zealand… Once everybody jumps on, then I know we’re in it together. I don’t think we’re not in it together now. I think the right people were offered the shot first, and then it opens up as it’s created knowledge.
“Am I gonna get it? Well, no one can even prove I’m the real Clown anyway. So if I don’t want it, I can continue that and just play it off and just disappear — like maybe I have already. I mean, this [conversation] could be a simulation. But I believe in it, and I wanna tour. And most importantly, as long as my family gets it and wants me to get it, then I’ll get it, because I wanna be able to hug my fans again; I wanna be able to embrace the people that have needed me and that I’ve needed. And the way that I’ve been explained by the doctors I go to, they basically say, ‘Hey, get the vaccine,’ because what we do, we’re gonna be around a lot of people that aren’t gonna take it, and they’re gonna be sick. There’s gonna be a lot of healthy people, but there’s also gonna be a lot of people that are naysayers that aren’t going to [take the vaccine].
“You and I are around great amounts of people very day — tremendous amounts of people. Meet-and-greets, handshakes, people coughing in our face, blah blah blah. So, I believe in it, and I believe what the doctors say. It’s, like, look, the idea is to keep me out of the hospital, and if I’m gonna be around people that choose to make it a conspiracy or they don’t believe in it or they just are out, whatever, I risk being in a different country and getting a different strand [of the virus] that I might never leave that country again and not see my family.
“So, I’m definitely gonna get it, but we’re waiting for everyone to get it. I’m healthy. I feel like those that really need it here in our location should get it. They’re already trying to make me get it. One of the guys that’s here is, like, ‘Oh, I had you signed up.’ And I’m, like, ‘You didn’t even ask me.’ But I know that I might not be able to get in anywhere, and I should just do it now.”
Clown’s home state of Iowa has reported 390,594 cases of Covid-19 and 5,893 deaths since the start of the pandemic. The U.S. has reported nearly 32 million cases and over 569,000 deaths. Worldwide, those numbers are 141 million and 3.01 million, respectively.
Clown also recently said that the pandemic has ratcheted up his creativity, the result of which has been new music for Slipknot. This past November, he revealed that the band were working on new songs. Shortly thereafter, Corey Taylor said that “we’re thinking about kind of putting another album out maybe next year.” In December, drummer Jay Weinberg told an interviewer that he “can’t talk about” new music, which at least kinda suggests there’s new music about which to talk. Then, in March, Taylor echoed Weinberg, saying “I can’t say too much about it,” but referred to the new material as “conceptual.”