Slipknot’s ‘Tortilla Man’ Cut His Head Open on the Drums Mid-Performance
Slipknot's newest recruit is certainly getting into the spirit of the band's raucous performances. So much so that the musician dubbed "Tortilla Man" by listeners recently "smashed his head into the drums and cut it open," according to an interview with frontman Corey Taylor.
That's what the lead vocalist revealed in a chat with Germany's Rock Antenne earlier this month (Feb. 9). Sure, the identity of "Tortilla Man" may no longer be a mystery — fans recently singled him out as musician Michael Pfaff. But that doesn't mean the Slipknot member is holding back in concert.
Watch the full interview down toward the bottom of this post.
"He's fucking his face up, which I think is funny," Taylor said, as transcribed by Ultimate Guitar. "He's got a giant scar right in the middle of his forehead now because he smashed his head into the drums and cut it open."
The Slipknot singer continued, "He was bleeding during the show, so he had to pull the mask off during the show and they're bandaging him up. He looked like he's just been to war, and now he's got a scar in the middle of his forehead — looks like a coin slot. [Laughs]"
Elsewhere in the interview, Taylor mentioned that the percussionist "almost got docked some money" for nearly breaking drummer Jay Weinberg's kit. Still, the singer commended "Tortilla Man" for helping to stimulate his stage presence at times when instinct takes over.
"Honestly, that energy is dope," Taylor added. "He's so into it and that it reminds me to be into it. After this many years, you can get out there and just be, like, you know, the audience is obviously gonna invigorate you, but then you can find yourself kind of going through, I don't want to say 'going through the motions,' but it's almost, like, automatic — like muscle memory."
Slipknot are currently on tour in Europe with support from Behemoth. The group heads back stateside later this year for another Knotfest Roadshow trek. Get Slipknot concert tickets here.
Slipknot's Corey Taylor Talks to Rock Antenne - Feb. 9, 2020
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