Slipknot have finally confirmed the identity of their newest member, generally known as Tortilla Man, who has been with the band since 2019.
The band confirmed Tortilla Man’s identity via an photograph that exhibits the percussionist holding up a be aware studying “I AM MICHAEL PFAFF”. The Instagram put up was captioned “You’ve been warned” and introduced an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on Reddit main as much as the band’s Knotfest Roadshow tour.
Pfaff’s reveal comes three years after he first joined the band in 2019, changing longtime backing vocalist and percussionist Chris Fehn. Fehn, who had been with the band since 1998, left the nine-piece in April 2019 after he filed a lawsuit against the band, claiming that he had not been paid pretty over the course of his stint with Slipknot. In November 2020, it was reported that the lawsuit had been voluntarily discontinued.
Slipknot followers have been quick to speculate about Tortilla Man’s identity, gleaning clues from pictures snapped of the band at airports, autographs from meet and greet periods and extra. In August 2019, American actor and comic Gilbert Gotfried jokingly shared a video claiming he was the masked percussionist.
On Reddit, Pfaff touched briefly on how he joined the band, saying: “The quick reply is I acquired a telephone name whereas I used to be working my day job. The story is fairly epic and I hope to share it quickly”.
Previous to becoming a member of Slipknot, Pfaff had connections with DJ Sid Wilson and percussionist/founder Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan. Within the late 2000s, Crahan and Pfaff shaped the band Soiled Little Rabbits after Wilson launched the 2.
When requested on Reddit in regards to the inspiration behind his masks, Pfaff revealed that the complete story “will come out as effectively”, however, in brief, “it was a mould of my face flipped inside out”.
Pfaff additionally shared that he was approached by the band shortly earlier than the music video for ‘Unsainted’ – the lead single off 2019 album ‘We Are Not Your Kind’ – was filmed, confirming that he had not recorded components for the album. Nonetheless, he stated he’ll function on the band’s subsequent full-length, writing: “I used to be in a position to be an element of this new file”.
When NME interviewed both Clown and Tortilla Man again in 2020, the latter remained silent whereas the previous informed us: “You’re not going to get him to speak. Slipknot is an ongoing mechanism that doesn’t even know itself. That’s what’s so attention-grabbing about it. It blooms in a different way yearly. None of us know what’s going to occur, I don’t actually care. I simply get up and reside the day so we’re having lots of enjoyable. I don’t just like the blood a lot any extra. There actually was lots and it type of made me sick. It has totally different results on me as of late.”
Slipknot kicked off their North American Knotfest Roadshow tour following Pfaff’s AMA session. The primary leg of the tour will run till April 17, earlier than choosing up once more for its second stretch from Might 18 til June 18.
Final week, Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor shared an update on the band’s upcoming album, saying it has been “fully recorded and we’re about midway via mixing it”. A date for the file has but to be confirmed, though Taylor stated they’re eyeing a summer season launch.