Slipknot‘s Clown (M. Shawn Crahan) does not hold anything back at all when it comes to discussing the duties for fill-in bassist (ex-Slipknot guitarist) Donnie Steele. Crahan tells Spin Mag that dealing with the loss of bass player Paul Gray has had an enormous impact on the band and not having Donnie onstage helps the healing process. Steele is filling in on this summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.
Read what Clown had to say specifically by looking below and comment with your thoughts on the events taking place. Slipknot plan on releasing their Best-Of album, Antennas To Hell, on July 24.
“What gives him the right to be onstage with us right now? When we’re going through an experience like this with our fans, they need to concentrate on the eight members that are grieving, not on someone new. This isn’t a diss on Donnie. I love Donnie, but we chose to tour for just one reason — to share the tragedy, pain and grief of what happened to Paul with our fans instead of going through it alone.”