Loudwire has posted an article in which Slipknot’s Clown aka #6, real name Shawn Crahan, has revealed the origin of how each band member came to be assigned their particular number. As noted by Loudwire, rather than the careful decisions that were made in creating Slipknot’s signature masks, the numerical identities of each band member fell into place by happenstance with little effort.
“Back when we started we were going to wear a mask and I started wearing coveralls, so we all started wearing coveralls, then there were so many of us, we put our bar code on the back. Then we wanted numbers — I wanted numbers. It was kind of ironic, because everyone fell into a number,” Crahan tells Cincinnati’s City Beat.
“I wasn’t going to tolerate any other number than six. Like if someone was going to fight me for it, I was going to fight to the death for it, but nobody wanted it. Joey wanted to be number one, Paul wanted to be number two, the original guitar player, and the other drummer three. Mick, he is like ‘I have to have seven. F— everyone. It’s my lucky number.’ Corey was like, ‘I want eight, infinity’. When Sid joined the band, ‘I am not a number. I am zero. I am filth’. It was kind of magical, honestly.”
Slipknot are currently travelling around the US as part of the Mayhem Festival. During the Dallas leg of the festival, Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor collapsed from overheating, but tweeted after the performance that he was fine.