Mick Thomson’s Bold Confession About Slipknot: ‘We Broke Up Other Bands’

Fishman Music posted a video featuring Slipknot guitarist Mick Thomson. In the video, Thomson discussed the band’s early days and the journey that turned the band into a multi-platinum crew.

Thomson also revealed that the band was founded by ‘screwing up other bands.’ When asked about the formation of Slipknot, he explained:

“See, Joey was in a band with our other guitar player on the first record, Josh [Brainard], and Craig [Jones], who did our sampling stuff. They were both the guitar players in Joey’s band. So it’s kind of like you took me, Paul, Andy, Joey, Josh and Craig, and threw those bands together and then added Clown. Clown was kind of the — he was the pivotal thing on that, because basically you had two bands that sort of broke up around him, and reformed around that idea. So I guess, in a way, it’s like two different bands sort of dissolved and turned into the other thing.”

Although they ‘broke bands up,’ it wasn’t their intent to do so and it appears they don’t really look at it that way either:

“We never really looked at it like that, because just the chronology and the way it happened and it wasn’t the intent. What’s funny, though, is we went around and broke up another band — we broke up Corey’s [Taylor] band [Stone Sour] by stealing him. And then we eventually needed another guitar player, so we got Jim [Root] from Corey’s band to come in. So, yeah, it was a very incestuous kind of thing. We basically just went around and screwed up people’s bands and sh*t.”

Slipknot may have collected members from different bands, but the recently leaving members caused controversy within the band. Before their departure, even Corey Taylor himself considered leaving the band.

In a separate interview, the singer opened up about the times when it gets so hard to continue that he came close to quitting. He said:

“There have been moments where I’ve come so close to walking away from this and I’m really glad that I didn’t to be honest. The payoff has been fantastic, especially now that we’re in this really great place and we are performing at a level that is still top notch.”

You can watch the video down below.