Words and things, mostly words.
As the band continues to work on their next full-length album, Slipknot released a statement that they have fired percussionist Chris Fehn. The reason for the firing is a dispute over the band’s financials, and Fehn’s demand for a full forensic accounting of the band’s finances.
The meat of Fehn’s complaint is as follows:
Fehn claims to have always been told that the money from merchandise and touring is funneled through one sole company that splits profits and pays the members of the band. However, Fehn claims he recently discovered that his bandmates have set up several other Slipknot-affiliated business entities in different states that appear to be collecting money from the band. Fehn says he was unaware of the separate companies, and claims to have never received a dime from them. He specifically accuses band leaders Shawn Crahan and Corey Taylor of shady business dealings.Source: The Blast
Frontman Corey Taylor made a brief statement on the matter, essentially denying Fehn’s claims — calling them lies — and then essentially putting the blame for the whole situation at Fehn’s feet.
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.
Considering Fehn has been with the band for 20 years, it’s somewhat of a surprise to see things go down like this. My initial response was “the guy who bangs on kegs during the live show wants more money” but without knowing the band’s actual financial structure and business arrangements, that’s a pretty unfair assessment.
I expect this drama to take a while to fully play out.