When asked if it’s true that he initially refused joined the band, he responded: “Yeah. It was weird because I had given up playing guitar when I was like 24 or something like that, maybe 25. I haven’t made it yet, I didn’t even have a band, like, the thrash/speed metal band I was [ATOMIC OPERA] in split up, and I just kind of was down on myself about it.
“I didn’t even own a guitar, I had to borrow one,” he continued. “And a couple of friends of mine asked me to join, like, this project, a funk-rock kind of a weird thing. And that kind of got me back to playing guitar after being out of it for a couple of years, and back into the music scene.
“At that time, Anders [Colsefni, the original SLIPKNOT singer] had called me about replacing [original SLIPKNOT guitarist] Donnie Steele, and I said no at that time because I haven’t been playing guitar and I knew that those guys were players.
“My chops were bad, I haven’t even touched a guitar in years, so I was just kind of, like, ‘Nah, I’m just going to be a regular d*ldo, work and do all that.’ So I said no, but I got back into music with [the funk-rock project] and then shortly after that, I joined STONE SOUR [in 1996].
“And then after Corey [Taylor] joined STONE SOUR, SLIPKNOT had a record deal at that point, and when I told my band at that time that I was in a different band with my drummer Andrew.
“I told those dudes — I was living with the singer — I was, like, ‘If SLIPKNOT ever called me, I won’t join, I don’t want to feel like it’s handed to me, I got to feel like I worked for it, like something I’ve achieved.’ And sure enough, they did. I never thought they would, so I said no.
“And then finally, I got to the point where I just realized, my buddy Zack, who borrowed me a guitar, said, ‘What, are you stupid? Very few times in life do you get a chance to take a great step forward. Even if you fall flat on your face, you can always come back.’ So I called Clown, and the rest is history.”
SLIPKNOT released their sixth studio album, We Are Not Your Kind, on August 9 via Roadrunner Records. Album was once again recorded at a Los Angeles studio with producer Greg Fidelman, who engineered and mixed SLIPKNOT‘s 2004 album “Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)” and helmed 2014’s “.5: The Gray Chapter.”