Chris Fehn is no longer a part of Slipknot and the percussionist is reportedly taking the band to court over its financial dealings.
According to The Blast, Fehn claims in his suit that money from Slipknot was not being distributed through a single company as he originally believed, but was also being funneled into businesses owned by other members, particularly Corey Taylor and Shawn Crahan. The longtime band member is suing for damages pending a full assessment of Slipknot’s companies and assets according to The Blast.
According to a statement from the band, Fehn was removed from Slipknot for unrelated matters.
“Chris knows why he is no longer a part of Slipknot. We are disappointed that he chose to point fingers and manufacture claims, rather than doing what was necessary to continue to be a part of Slipknot,” the statement reads. “We would have preferred he not take the path that he has, but evolution in all things is a necessary part of this life.”
Slipknot is working on its sixth album and set to bring its Knotfest Roadshow around North America this summer with Volbeat, Gojira, and Behemoth. The band is also set to open for Metallica in Australia and New Zealand. It also has a run of festivals and arena shows planned throughout Europe in June.
In terms of box office number, Slipknot has been a powerhouse. Their last tour through Australia in 2016 brought in more than $500,000 a night, a highlight being the $854,078 gross in Sydney, with 9,524 tickets sold.
Slipknot has not yet announced a replacement drummer.