List of Slipknot band members

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Slipknot

Slipknot performing in 2008.
Background information
Genres Heavy metal, alternative metal, nu metal
Years active Since 1995
Members
Corey Taylor
Mick Thomson
Jim Root
Joey Jordison
Shawn "Clown" Crahan
Chris Fehn
Craig "133" Jones
Sid Wilson
Past members
Paul Gray
Donnie Steele
Anders Colsefini
Greg Welts
Josh "Gnar" Brainard
Brandon Darner

Slipknot is a heavy metal band from Des Moines, Iowa. The band started in 1995 by vocalist and percussionist Anders Colsefini, guitarists Donnie Steele and Josh "Gnar" Brainard, bassist Paul Gray, drummer Joey Jordison,and percussionist Shawn Crahan.[1] Before the band released its first album in 1999, Slipknot has gone through many line-up changes. After their first album, the line-up has stayed the same. The band is known for having a lot of members. The current members include a lead singer, two guitarists, a bassist, a drummer, two percussionists, a sampler, and a turntablist.[2]

In 1996, when the band finished recording their demo album Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat., Slipknot saw its first line-up change when guitarist Donnie Steele left the band and was replaced by Craig Jones. Shortly after, drummer Jordison said they needed a full-time sampler and Jones took the position as "he liked doing that anyway."[3] Mick Thomson then joined the band to be the new guitarist. After Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat. was released, the band were working on new songs which needed more singing melody and the then-lead singer Colsefini had a hard time with this.[4] In 1997, Corey Taylor was asked to join the band and after practicing with Slipknot "everything just clicked."[5] Because of that, Colsefini was moved to backing vocals and percussion. However Colsefini was unhappy with his new role and left the band a month later.[6]

Since the band wanted to keep their percussive sound, Greg Welts joined the band to replace Colsefini. Towards the end of 1997, each band member picked an a number to identify themselves.[7] In 1998, Welts became the only member to be kicked out of the band and he was replaced by Chris Fehn. Slipknot wanted to have a DJ in the band, but had a hard time finding one because "the people [they] knew who were DJs all sucked!"[8] Sid Wilson approached the band after seeing them live. He proceeded to impress the band with his ability and his antics; Wilson was considered "Slipknot material" and his hiring brought the band's line-up to nine members.[9] The final change in the band's line-up came at the latter stages of the recording process of the band's debut album, Slipknot, in 1999. While the band took a break from recording the album, Brainard decided to leave the band and was replaced by Jim Root.

Current members[change | edit source]

Corey Taylor (#8)
Active: 1997–present
Plays: lead vocals
Performed in: all Slipknot albums from Slipknot (1999) to present
Taylor was asked to join the band in 1997. Slipknot's music needed more melodic singing which vocalist Anders Colsefini had a hard time doing. At first both Taylor and Colsefini sang lead vocals. However the band decided that Taylor would sing lead vocals alone and Colsefini was moved to backing vocals.[10]
Mick Thomson (#7)
Active: 1996–present
Plays: guitar
Performed in: all Slipknot albums from Slipknot (1999) to present
Just after Craig Jones joined the band as a guitarist, the band decided that he would move to samples. Thomson then joined the band to be the new guitarist and has always played guitar.[3]
Jim Root (#4)
Active: 1999–present
Plays: guitar
Performed in: all Slipknot albums from Slipknot (1999) to present
Jim Root joined the band in 1999 during the end of recording their first album, Slipknot. He was brought in to replace Josh Brainard on guitar and is the last member of the band's current line-up to have joined.[11]
Paul Gray (#2)
Active: 1995–present
Plays: bass, backing vocals
Performed in: all Slipknot albums
Paul Gray was a member of the original band formed in 1995.[1]
Joey Jordison (#1)
Active: 1995–present
Plays: drums
Performed in: all Slipknot albums
Joey Jordison was a member of the original band formed in 1995.[1]
Shawn Crahan (#6)
Active: 1995–present
Plays: custom percussion, backing vocals
Performed in: all Slipknot albums
Shawn Crahan was a member of the original band formed in 1995 and was originally the only drummer for a short time.[1]
Chris Fehn (#3)
Active: 1998–present
Instruments: custom percussion, backing vocals
Performed in: all Slipknot releases from Slipknot (1999) to present
After Greg Welts left the band, Chris Fehn joined Slipknot as the new percussionist and backing vocalist.[12] Before joining the band, Fehn had asked the band if he could travel with them as a technician. However after a month of "[seeing] if he would fit into Slipknot", Fehn joined and has stayed in the line-up since.[13]
Craig Jones (#5)
Active: 1996–present
Plays: samples, media, guitars
Performed in: all Slipknot releases from Slipknot (1999) to present
Craig Jones originally joined the band to replace Donnie Steele on guitar after he had left.[14] Later Joey Jordison said that they were using a lot of samples in their music and could not perform them live. Jones became their full-time sampler and had Mick Thompson be the new guitarist.[3]
Sid Wilson (#0)
Active: 1998–present
Plays: turntables
Performed in: all Slipknot releases from Slipknot (1999) to present
The band wanted to add a DJ to their line-up but decided not to because they didn't know anyone they thought was good enough. After seeing Slipknot perform live, Sid Wilson said "I knew I was born to be in this band."[9] Wilson later met with the band to ask joining the band. After going to rehearsals and head-butting all the band members before a show, he was called "Slipknot material" and has stayed in the line-up since.[9]

Slipknot band members performing in 2008.

Former members[change | edit source]

Donnie Steele
Active: 1995–1996
Played: guitar
Performed in: Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat. (1996)
Donnie Steele was a member of the original band formed in 1995.[1] In February 1996, during the mixing process of Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat., Steele decided to leave the band. Steele said he was a "devout Christian" and realized that the band was no longer something he could be a part of.[14]
Anders Colsefini
Active: 1995–1997
Played: lead vocals, custom percussion, backing vocals
Performed in: Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat. (1996)
Anders Colsefini was a member of the original band formed in 1995.[1] In 1997, Corey Taylor joined the band to share the lead vocals. Later the band decided that Taylor would sing lead vocals alone and Colsefini was moved to backing vocals.[10] Unhappy with his new role in the band Colsefini left the band.[6]
Greg Welts (#3)
Active: 1997–1998
Played: custom percussion, backing vocals
Performed in: Slipknot Demo
After Colsefini left the band, Greg Welts was brought in to replace him on percussion and backing vocals.[15] In 1998, before the band was signed on to Roadrunner Records, Welts was kicked out from Slipknot.[16]
Josh Brainard (#4)
Active: 1995–1999
Played: guitar
Performed in: Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat. (1996), Slipknot (1999)
Josh Brainard was a member of the original band formed in 1995.[1] Brainard left the band while they were recording Slipknot in 1999. No one knows why Brainard really left, it was widely thought to have been because of family problems. However Brainard denies these rumours, saying that; "some decisions were made that I wasn't particularly happy with."[11]

Timeline[change | edit source]


Related pages[change | edit source]


References[change | edit source]

  • Arnopp, Jason (2001), Slipknot: Inside the Sickness, Behind the Masks, Ebury, ISBN 0091879337
  • McIver, Joel (2003). Slipknot: Unmasked (Again). Omnibus. ISBN 0711997640.
Notes
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Arnopp 2001, p. 40–42
  2. "Allmusic Slipknot biography". Allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p41591. Retrieved 2008-07-16.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Arnopp 2001, p. 57
  4. Arnopp 2001, p. 70
  5. Arnopp 2001, p. 74
  6. 6.0 6.1 McIver 2003, p. 44–45
  7. Arnopp 2001, pp. 80–81
  8. McIver 2003, p. 50
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Arnopp 2001, p. 91–93
  10. 10.0 10.1 McIver 2003, p. 41–42
  11. 11.0 11.1 McIver 2003, p. 61–63
  12. McIver 2003, p. 57
  13. Arnopp 2001, p. 78–79
  14. 14.0 14.1 Arnopp 2001, p. 50–51
  15. McIver 2003, p. 47
  16. McIver 2003, p. 54