Slipknot’s Shawn Crahan on Trump’s Mexico Wall: ‘There Is No Wall in Rock and Roll’

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Recently during a press conference for Slipknot documentary Day of the Gusano, director Shawn Crahan was asked his opinion on Donald Trump’s proposed plan to build a wall across the Mexican and United States border. The question was probably inspired by the fact that the show was filmed in Mexico City, and Crahan answered broadly about rock music.

The Slipknot percussionist said, “In my opinion, there is no wall in rock and roll, and there will never be a wall in rock and roll. When you come to a Slipknot show, every race of people is there. Why wouldn’t there be? I wouldn’t do this if we had rules of who could come. We’re all human.”

Of the larger political sphere, Crahan said, “Right now, the world is a really strange place, and yes, things are very tense. But I’m not political or religious, because I just don’t devote my life to that stuff and I don’t wanna seem ignorant in it, so I just perform and play God music, and that’s all we’re ever gonna do. We feel because… I wanna come here and express my love, and I want everyone to not judge all of us Americans, and we don’t wanna judge you, and that’s really the point. And that’s what music does for all of us. It’s really God to me.”

He then spoke more about what his God is, saying, “Music is the only God I really know, because it’s the only thing that’s been there and helped me through everything — whether it was money or a relationship or spiritual or physical… It doesn’t matter — music is the only thing.”

He concluded with, “So all I can ever say is I couldn’t comprehend [having] walls in music. We in the music business try to break down walls. So hopefully you feel that that’s what we’re doing.”

Slipknot’s Day of the Gusano comes out Sept. 6, and will receive a limited theatrical run. In our review of the doc, the film showed the dynamic between the fans and the band’s huge live show, giving a great look at all aspects of a Slipknot concert, especially in the context of an international fanbase.

Watch the full press conference below.

Slipknot’s Day of the Gusano Mexico Press Conference

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