“We all kind of say that. I’ve said it in the past. We’ve always said – and this is not in a negative way – we’ve always said that when we get to the point where we physically can’t do Slipknot the way we want to do it, we’ll stop.
“And for some of us, the years of being in Slipknot have taken their toll. Cold mornings kick my ass. My neck, my knees, my hips… [DJ] Sid [Wilson] has broken every damn bone in his body.
“Clown, he’s had his share of health issues and whatnot and physicality. We’ve all had an injury in this band – from our necks to our retinas. And honestly, if that was his decision, I wouldn’t do Slipknot without him – absolutely not.”
“It’s been tough to continue the way we have. We’ve done it out of necessity, but at the same time, without Clown…
“There’s a certain mentality that goes into Slipknot, and he started it. He’s always been the vision for this band, for Slipknot, and without that, it crumbles. So, yeah, if he left, that would be it for me as well.
“And I say that, honestly, in a very positive way, because none of us would want to continue doing it from a half-assed point of view. Nobody wants to go 50% on a Slipknot album.”