December 12, 2014

Slipknot percussionist Chris Fehn was asked by South Africa’s Music Review if the band feels differently about crowd interaction and mosh pits after a fan died while stagediving at a Lamb Of God show in the Czech Republic in 2010, leading to the 2012 arrest and trial of that band’s singer Randy Blythe.

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Fehn said, “I’m friends with Randy, and it was an unfortunate event that happened. I know that he’s not that type of person at all — he would never hurt anybody.” Fehn continued, “I think, especially in America, moshing has turned into a form of bullying. The big guy stands in the middle and just trucks any small kid that comes near him. They don’t mosh properly anymore. It sucks because that’s not what it’s about. Those guys need to be kicked out.”

Fehn added, “A proper mosh pit is a great way to be as a group and dance, and just do your thing.”

Slipknot has just completed its first North American tour in support of its new album, .5: The Gray Chapter.

The album, the band’s first in six years, sold approximately 132,000 copies in its first week of release to debut at Number One on the Billboard 200 album chart in October.

  • The new disc is the first by the band since the 2010 death of bassist Paul Gray and the 2013 dismissal of drummer Joey Jordison.