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Identity of new Slipknot member is "nobody's f***ing business," says Clown 

ABC/Randy HolmesThe Slipknot lineup has a new member, as a mystery percussionist has joined the band in place of the departed Chris Fehn, who left the group earlier this year over a financial dispute. As you might expect, the masked metallers are keeping the identity of that new member close to the vest.

During an interview with Kerrang!, the U.K. magazine asked Shawn "Clown" Crahan if he'd care to reveal who's behind the new mask, to which he responded with a "rather emphatic 'no.'"

"The position you may or may not be talking about is nobody's f***ing business," Clown said.

The secrecy tracks with Slipknot's past behavior when it comes to new members. When a new bassist and drummer joined for 2014's .5: The Gray Chapter, the band refused to announce their identities. They were finally confirmed to be bassist Alessandro Venturella and drummer Jay Weinberg only after a former crew member posted a tour itinerary, revealing who was behind the masks.

Rather than obsess about the identity of the new percussionist, who made his or her live debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last week, Crahan hopes you'll solely judge them on their performance during the band's upcoming world tour.

"The proof is in the pudding," Clown says.

Kerrang! notes that the interview with Crahan took place before the death of his daughter, Gabrielle, who died this past Saturday at age 22.

Slipknot's new album, We Are Not Your Kind, featuring the lead single "Unsainted," is due out August 9. The band's North American tour in support of the record begins July 26 in Mountain View, California.

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