SLIPKNOT's CLOWN Talks About His Wife's Battle With Crohn's Disease

April 21, 2005

SLIPKNOT percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan spoke to the Des Moines Register about his wife's ongoing battle with Crohn's disease (a chronic inflammatory bowel disease),and her hospitalization in recent months which has forced him to skip the first SLIPKNOT gigs of his career.

"That's the thing I fight for most in this biz, is family," he said. "I've been married 12 years, and my wife has let me do SLIPKNOT for 10. . . . Family can and is being incorporated into rock 'n' roll. You can have a wife, you can have a child or children and be a rock 'n' roller."

"Right now has definitely been the hardest time in my life," said the father of four children (ranging in age from 15 months to 13 years).

Crahan said that "health is the most important thing you have on this planet if you're gonna have a successful life," and so he knows it's ironic that as his wife battles daily for normalcy, he's slamming his body around the stage each night.

"The older you get, the wiser you get on how to benefit from taking care of yourself in your performance," Crahan said. "But my performance is to feel uncomfortable, so I'm kind of screwed any way you look at it."

His service to SLIPKNOT has taken its toll on his limbs, but Crahan said that he's "probably a lifer in the 'KNOT."

"This is the school I always wanted to be in," Crahan elaborated. "I didn't want to be in high school, I didn't want to go to grade school. I wanted to learn rock 'n' roll and paint pictures and throw pots and write haiku and study film."

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