This "crazy clown" stuff is starting to get old and I hope it ends soon. It all started earlier this year when police officers in several states investigated sightings of people in clown suits behaving suspiciously.

Our very own Mike Ferris wrote a blog about this a few weeks ago. We even had Sparkles the Clown on The KRNA Morning Show. We've talked a lot about clowns the last few weeks...and I'm not talking about the management here at 94.1 KRNA!

I knew it would only be a matter of time until we start talking about Iowa's very own Slipknot. One of the band members is Michael Shawn Crahn, more commonly known by his stage persona, "Clown." He's best known as one of the two custom percussionists and co-founder of the group.

It's cool to have a band right here from Iowa that has had the success of Slipknot. The group is well known for its attention-grabbing image, aggressive style of music, and energetic and chaotic live shows. I've seen them six times and it's always a spectacle.

Slipknot front man Corey Taylor confirmed with Teamrock that he was kidding about his bandmate Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahn changing his stage name due to the “killer clown” craze.

Teamrock also reports that Taylor told BBC2 topical comedy show 'No Such Thing As The News' that “The effects have been such that even our dear Clown has downgraded himself to ‘Mime’ in order to distance himself from these hedonistic doppelgangers until the coast is clear.”

But after some news outlets reported his comments as being serious, Taylor has published a denial via Twitter, saying: “Guys, no, Clown did not change his name. That was a fake statement that I wrote trying to be funny."

Slipknot is currently on tour overseas. When they come back to the states, I'm going to try and set up an interview with them on The KRNA Morning Show. It's cool these guys are from Des Moines, it's our claim to fame in here in the Hawkeye State!

[source: teamrock]