Slipknot have parted ways with percussionist Chris Fehn.
Over the weekend, Fehn, also referred to as #3, confirmed that he was planning on suing Slipknot following supposedly unpaid band fees and the emergence of bank accounts Fehn believed were withheld from him. Taking to Twitter to dispute these claims, frontman Corey Taylor wrote: “You’re gonna read a lot of bullshit today. This is all I’ll say. JUST YOU WAIT TIL THE TRUTH COMES OUT. Long Live The Knot.”
Now, in a statement released this morning, the band have confirmed that Chris is no longer a member of Slipknot. They write: “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.”
Fehn himself is yet to release a statement regarding his departure. Slipknot are expected to release their sixth studio album in August, and will kick off the tour in its support with a slew of European festival dates. Whether or not Fehn will still be credited on the new music, and who his replacement will be, is yet to be announced.