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6 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, December 3, 1999

Harpo's all tied up

By Ian Dyament
For the Daily
Adrenaline! Insanity! Armed
Robbery? Expect all of this and more
when the nine member, gut-churning,
metal collective known as Slipknot
invades Harpo's tonight. Hailing from
Des Moines, Iowa toting special made
masks, prison-like coverals and

ambiguous numbers
4
Slipknot
Harpo's
Tonight at 7

instead of names,
Slipknot are out
to destroy the
rock and roll
cliche and leave
fans hungry for
more.
Fresh off of
playing Coal
Chamber's
"Livin' La Vida
Loco" tour and
the second stage
of last summer's
annual Ozzfest,
Slipknot takes
their own show

arrive up at a show and we would be
playing like a Chi Chi's in Texas and
the club would have 500 people
crammed in like cattle going complete-
ly insane' remembers percussionist
No. 6.
Born Shawn Crahan, he dresses up
like a deranged clown that sports a
mask scary enough to make Ronald
McDonald cry. "We wear masks
because it's not about our names or our
faces," No. 6 boasts. "People might
think it's a 'cop out' but I don't care
what people think. I'm sick of the rock
and roll cliche, it's so retarded, ugly,
and overdone and it's such a lie. Who
cares what we look like, it's not about
our hairstyle, what we wear, or endorse.
We're there to play music and unite in
the universal language."
No. 6 plays a specialized drum set
and adds a unique element to the
group's live show. His custom drum kit
consists of a beer keg and bass drums
on top of a hydraulic lift that bounces
up and down during the performance.
Notorious for their intense violent
performances, some members of
Slipknot have been rushed to the hospi-
tal after shows for head trauma or bro-
ken bones. "I'm in so much pain," said
No. 6, "we just got off tour and I went
to the chiropractor for the first time,

in Slipknot
they took some x-rays, and found out was a jewel
two of my ribs are out of line." Most of icked think
No. 6's rib complications are due to and called
front flips he performs nightly on funny exper
stage. "Most of the time I land on The only
back!" boasts No. 6, "I'll never stop with the C
doing them, but I'll just have to be seediest r
more careful." Slipknot is
"In Slipknot you have to mentally afraid of an
prepare for the show. Our live show is evil shockd
like a war. When you get on stage you about his I
are part of a war and can certainly be a Coal Cham
casualty." After six months of touring evil spirits,
Slipknot are working hard perfecting spend som
there live show and gaining new fans energy ins
every stop on the tour. "We are at a They'd be st
totally new level in the band right now" WhenI
Said No. 6, "We will fucking destroy Slipknot d
you! We are so mental, so ready to kill, Harpo's $
we are unstoppable right now." pumped. T
Tell that to the police. When adrenaline
Slipknot were in Chicago to do an telling peop
autograph signing they had a slight said No. 6,
skirmish with local authorities. "We anybody el
underestimated the time to get to be the ban
Chicago and forgot about traffic. So we because w
were 2 hours late." reminisces No. 6, want VH It
"We were pissed, so to save time we someday an
pulled into this shopping center with because the
two unmarked vans identical, nine peo- our career.
ple get out, start throwing on masks 'this guy g
and cover al's and when we go to take shit if you'r
off, five cop cars surround us. Their right decisi

show
ry store and the owner pan-
ing he was getting robbed
the cops. It was a pretty
rience."
thing scarier than a run in
hicago police is Detroit's
ock club Harpo's where
playing. "The clown is not
nything, but Harpo's put an
down my spine," said No. 6
ast experience opening for.
ber. "That place is full of
which I dig. People need to
e time checking out the
ide without people in it.
urprised on what they find."
preparing for a show
ocs not rely on drugs or
1 drink specials to get
The band runs on pure
and insanity. "I get off on
ple that we don't do drugs,"
, "I'm not here to play by
se's rules, ever. I'm here to
d that doesn't get on VH I
e don't have disasters. I
to do a documentary on us
nd say that they can't air it
ere is no turning point in
They do Poison and say
ot in a wreck' it's all bull-
re human you can make the
ons"

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ist, two guitarists and two custom per-
cussionists, Slipknot often have the
problem of finding a stage big enough
to play on. "Sometimes we would

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