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Slipknot part ways with percussionist Chris Fehn following legal action

By | Published on Tuesday 19 March 2019


Slipknot have announced that they have parted ways with percussionist Chris Fehn. Which is not entirely surprising, as he sued his bandmates last week.

Fehn – a member of Slipknot since 1998 – claimed in his lawsuit that until recently he believed that all of the band’s touring and merch income was channelled through one company and then divided up among band members. However, he says he has now discovered that some of his bandmates – specifically singling out frontman Corey Taylor and fellow percussionist Shawn Crahan – have set up other companies to receive some of this money, which he believes he is due a cut of.

A statement on Slipknot’s website announced Fehn’s departure from the band. Saying that the remaining band members are focussing on completing their new album and preparing for upcoming tour dates, it went on: “Chris knows why he is no longer a part of Slipknot. We are disappointed that he chose to point fingers and manufacture claims, rather than doing what was necessary to continue to be a part of Slipknot. We would have preferred he not take the path that he has, but evolution in all things is a necessary part of this life”.

Tweeting about the lawsuit last week, Taylor said that there was “a lot of bullshit” being reported, and implied that there was a greater truth behind Fehn’s claims. In a reply to a fan on Twitter yesterday, he said that he is being “wrongfully accused of stealing money from someone you cared about” and having to deal with a portion of Slipknot’s fanbase believing Fehn’s claims.

The band are set to release their sixth album later this year and will begin a world tour in June. The sole UK date on that tour will be at Download Festival on 15 Jun.