During a recent episode on the “Talk Toomey Podcast,” MUSHROOMHEAD drummer Steve “Skinny” Felton addressed highly publicized beef with SLIPKNOT amid the late ’90s/early 00s.
Even though MUSHROOMHEAD was former two years before SLIPKNOT — SLIPKNOT went on to become the far bigger international act.
Those tensions infamously spilled over during a SLIPKNOT concert in MUSHROOMHEAD‘s hometown of Cleveland, OH back in 1999.
When asked if he attend that particular show, Felton responded: “No, I heard all about it in the following days, but you know, that’s way before the internet and Facebook’s and things of that nature. So over the course of the next week or whatever I found out, like as far as what was going on, or at least I had heard of what was going on. Then I heard like 20 different stories throughout the years… Now it’s just like the legend of Bigfoot. Right?
“I guess it happened and does it f*cking matter? I mean, at that point, it’s just like a silly fan-fueled and I guess media hype, you know thing to talk about…” he continued. “This is the 90s. Yeah, you know, any sort of news was cool. There wasn’t a whole lot back then. And then you get a feud between bands. It’s kind of East Coast v West Coast type of thing. Oh, Lord, here we go.
“And for some of the entertainment value of it, sure. A lot of us in the band were at the time into it. And, you know, played, played it up and had some fun, but, you know, I look back and I think I should have did it all when I knew it all, you know, I mean, right? Oh, yeah. Like how silly of us… Obviously we didn’t have any part of it and jump on the bandwagon of talking to the media about it and going oh we came first, the chicken or the egg and that whole stupid thing.
“We spent a lot of time complaining about them for nothing,” Felton added. “So you know God Bless them they’re one a biggest bands out there. It proves that masked heavy metal and that style of entertainment is still relevant.”
MUSHROOMHEAD will release new album, A Wonderful Life, on June 19, 2020 via Napalm Records.