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Devin Townsend: "I Didn't Want To Scare My Kid With My Skullet"

In a recent interview with an underground metal magazine out of Paraguay, Devin Townsend revealed his real reasons for disbanding Strapping young Lad and The Devin Townsend Band and vowing to no longer play music live. Townsend says that he planned to shave his head in an effort to not scare his children with his "skullet" (mullet with the top of his head being bald).

"I remember how I felt when Metallica cut their hair. Betrayed. Confused. They went on to make some of the worst music in their careers from that point on. I don't want to be a freak in the eyes of my kids and I don't want to be viewed as a sellout by my fans, so I have chosen to forego the performing aspect of music at least until I'm fully bald and have a legitimate excuse for how I look. In the meantime, you can expect more crazy videos of Ziltoid the Omniscient instead of seeing my face..."

Townsend announced his departure and dissolution of Strapping Young Lad and The Devin Townsend Band, and his decision to continue on with solo music during a "Ziltoid the Omniscient press conference" early last year. The audience initially took the statement from Ziltoid as a joke and Devin had to reiterate it himself.

Devin's son is now nearly two years old.

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1. coldiem writes:

"at least until I'm fully bald and have a legitimate excuse for how I look"

LOL

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 12:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Glenn writes:

This is sad. Devin makes some of the best music out there. Hope he still wil contribute with his great music to the metal scene.

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 12:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. xXxBODOM OF MY HEARTxXx writes:

I HOPE AND PRAY TO WHATEVER GOD OR MYTHOLOGICAL PERSON THERE IS, OR SATAN THAT DEVIN TOWNSEND WILL MAKE A STRIKING AND REMARKABLE COMBACK WITH STARPPING YOUNG LAD AND DO ONE LAST TOUR FOR THE FANS SAKE CAUSE IT WAS KINDA SUDDEN AS TO THEIR DEPARTURE....
"HELL YEAH YOU f***ING SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 2:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. no one writes:

you all realize what day this is, right?

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 2:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Kalis_wrath writes:

I am loveing these articles guys! All of you deserve an applause! By the end of the day I will have a six pack of abs from laughing so hard!

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 3:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. deathmetalrules420 writes:

yeah but it has already been announced that Devin wasn't doing strapping young lad anymore...so we should all know thats true at least...

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 3:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Devin Townsend is a legend! writes:

He may be a legend, but he's a well confused one at that... Last I recall he was headed into no mans land as he wanted to escape society, now he's got concerns about turning out like the good ol' washed up Metallica...

# Apr 2, 2008 @ 12:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Caveman writes:

didnt he want to do more family sh** with his kids??

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9. Cynic writes:

Ahaha - this article is one of the best things I've read on MU!

Now Playing: Weedeater - "Wizard Fight"

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