Following reports last week that claimed percussionist/vocalist Chris Fehn was suing other members of Slipknot due to a financial dispute, it has been been confirmed that he has now parted ways with the band.
Fehn is also referred to as #3 in the band, and has used and worn a Pinocchio-style mask throughout his time in Slipknot.
The news of his departure from the masked Iowan metal crew was confirmed via a statement published on the band’s official website (here), which can be read below.
“Slipknot’s focus is on making album #6, and our upcoming shows around the world, our best ever. 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.
Long Live The Knot.”
Currently there has been no public response from Fehn in regards to this situation.
For those of you who are unaware, Fehn is reporting suing other members of the band – specifically fellow percussionist/vocalist Shawn Crahan and frontman Corey Taylor – due to alleged claims that several other companies have been established to take in profits from the band without his knowing, with Fehn believing this was all done and distributed via one LLC.
You can read our initial report on this with further details here.
At the time of writing, no news on a replacement (permanent or temporary) has been confirmed, and all planned touring commitments are proceeding as scheduled.
The band are currently working on their yet-to-be-announced sixth studio album, which is expected to drop on August 9th 2019 through Roadrunner Records.
More details surrounding this news will be confirmed as it develops.