Slipknot Guitarist On Grammy Awards
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The following excerpts were taken from an article from BostonHerald.com of Slipknot guitarist Mick Thompson speaking about the band's Grammy nominations:
Grammy nominations are starting to become old hat for Slipknot but winning one would be more of a novelty than a true honor for guitarist Mick Thompson.
"It would be something to sit on top of my television and joke about,'' said Thompson, also known as Number 7. "But I wouldn't be any cooler today than I was before I won a Grammy. Winning a Grammy doesn't validate our existence.''
"Obviously, we wear masks and the stage show is crazy but when it comes right down to it, it's about the music,'' Thompson explained. "Plus we know how to write a song. It's one thing to play but another thing to write a memorable song that makes you want to listen to it again.''
It's the songs that have ultimately set Slipknot apart from its peers - and likely caught the ears of the Grammy folks. "Slipknot: Vol. 3'' is a perfect balance of speed, power and finesse. There's classic speedcore thrash ("The Blister Exists,'' "Pulse of the Maggots''), catchy metal anthems (the radio hit "Duality,'' "Before I Forget'') and soul-searching acoustic ballads ("Vermillion Pt. 2,'' "Danger - Keep Away'').
"There's nothing else like it. It's very unique,'' Thompson said. "We didn't sound like anything that was out there and we just did our own thing and it worked for us. And it was about honesty.''
Touring the world has taken its toll - physically and mentally - but in the end, the hectic stage show is the band's therapy.
"When it's time to go onstage and play, we definitely function as a unit. Especially with that many people,'' he said. "No matter what we happen to be doing that day or how anyone is feeling, we always manage to bring it together no matter what and focus. At least for the show.''
As for the Grammys, Thompson skipped it at the last minute and wasn't in the crowd when his band lost out in the metal category to Motorhead.
"Last I checked, they were a rock 'n' roll band,'' Thompson said, laughing. "I guess it would be cool to win, but unless your label is the biggest in the world, it's all very corporate. If we ever should have won, this would be the time.''
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