Slipknot‘s Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan has been forced to bow out of the band’s current Aussie tour with Lamb Of God and In Hearts Wake.
Frontman Corey Taylor informed the maggot legion attending The
Nine Eight’s tour opener in Brisbane last night that their custom percussionist had to fly home that day, due to a “family emergency”.
“First things first, as you can see we are missing one of our brothers,” CT told the crowd. “Unfortunately Clown was forced to go home for a family emergency. He couldn’t get out of it but he sends his fucking love to each and [every one of you]. He wanted to be here more than anything but he told us all to make sure you motherfuckers knew.”
Clown has since opened up about the situation himself, sharing a heartfelt post on Instagram revealing that his father-in-law has just passed away.
“Today we lost the leader of our family,” he writes. “My Father In Law my other dad. I’m am so very lucky to have known him. He is one of my favorite people in this world and I learned so much from him. I love you Mr. Noyes. Life will never be the same without you.”
Slipknot symbolically mounted Clown’s mask near his iconic keg drums for the duration of the band’s Brissie show, alongside a modest tribute of fresh flowers, in a show of solidarity for their bandmates’ loss:
Photos by Rebecca Reid.
The Masked Ones will be performing in Sydney tonight sans Clown, ahead of their final Aussie show in Melbourne on Halloween night.
Chatting with Music Feeds last month, Clown revealed that Slipknot were “pretty positive” on expanding their massive Knotfest metal mega-bash to Australia.
Our thoughts are with him during this incredibly shitty time.
Read Clown’s touching tribute to his late father-in-law below, alongside photos and footage from Slipknot’s show in Brisbane last night.
Music Feeds has also contacted Slipknot’s management for further comment.
Watch: Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Explains Why Clown Is MIA From Brisbane Show
Gallery: Slipknot, Lamb Of God, In Hearts Wake – Entertainment Centre, Brisbane 2016 / Photos By Rebecca Reid