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Shawn 'Clown' Crahan talks about Jay Weinberg's firing

After more than a month of silence following the announcement of the firing of drummer Jay Weinberg from Slipknot, Shawn 'Clown' Crahan spoke out on the subject and confirms that he was fired, because “we want to do something different.”

NME asked about Weinberg's departure, to which Crahan was direct on the subject: "As far as Jay is concerned, what people need to know is that Jay didn't leave the band, and what I mean is that we're going to move on." . As the statement said, we chose to do something different. This space we are in now is something very, very special; It is thought and generated mainly by the original members”

Jay Weinberg was fired from Slipknot on November 5, a couple of days after his last participation with the band at Hell and Heaven Open Air 2023 in Mexico. “No one can replace Joey Jordison's original sound, style or energy, but Jay honored Joey and contributed to the last three albums and we, the band and the fans appreciate it. But as always, Slipknot intends to evolve. “We wish Jay all the best and are very excited for what the future holds,” the statement read.

For his part, Jay published a statement days later announcing that he did not resign, but was fired. “Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to pay my 10-year-old self a visit, wide-eyed, falling in love with an exciting new sound and culture, and tell her everything about the last 10 years. Even on the hardest days, I'd like to think you'd be excited for the adventure that awaited you.

I was heartbroken and surprised to receive that phone call on the morning of November 5; which news, most of you read shortly after. However, I have been overwhelmed by – and truly grateful for – the amount of love and support I have received from this incredible community that I consider my creative and artistic home.”