We are always going to be here. It’s gonna go on after I’m not here, the philosophy of Slipknot. It’s a culture. I won’t allow it to be a band. You wanna break it down, yeah, we’re a band. But a band to me is something that goes into a rehearsal room and practices — we have not been a band forever. We’re basically this entity, this culture. We love it and we designed it that way and it’s so much easier for us to have it like that because it’s a mindset, a thought process.
We don’t preach, we don’t talk about religion or politics. We talk about life and living and if we’ve ever said anything, it’d still be don’t ever judge me. That’s what we try to get to kids — live your life, come with us whether you’re 10 and become — that’s why I affectionately call all the fans ‘maggots.’
Everybody in the beginning was like ah, that’s too harsh! What do maggots turn into people?
Open your brains, they turn into flies. So come here, be a maggot, feed off of the pain and crap of the world but still — be rewarded with your own self-awareness. Make it through, don’t commit suicide, don’t run away, don’t get addicted to drugs. Don’t fight this world, find your social scene, find your culture, be self-aware, pick yourself up, grow wings and take off — go wherever you want.
But the beautiful thing is, they always fly back and say hi. They may not listen to Slipknot anymore, but it’ll always be a pillar within their soul and they know it, we know it and that’s what makes us a culture and not a band anymore.”
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