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Slipknot’s Shawn Crahan has said in a new interview that he plans on continuing to mask up even once the coronavirus pandemic is in the rearview. Why? It’s quite simple: Humans, as a species, are kind of gross.

When asked in an interview with Forbes what it’s been like in the studio as Slipknot’s been working on new music, Crahan said, “The general atmosphere has been very complex as of recently, and the main reason for that is an obvious one, we have been in a very different world with COVID and abiding by government laws…But I’m not ever going to stop wearing a mask, COVID or not, I’ve been in this business 25 years, and people are filthy all over the world. So when I had to be in the studio and I was asked to put on a mask, it didn’t bother me, it was business as usual.”

He continued, “I mean I’m glad at least the majority of the world has been profoundly open to the idea of, ‘hey when you’re going to be out in public there’s a chance you could be around someone with pneumonia, the flu, or just a nasty cough, why not wear a mask to just protect yourself?’ We live in a filthy world, and we live in a world where people don’t wash their hands, they wipe their nose and they open the door and then you touch it. I have four children and I know what it’s like to drop your kid off at school and they come home sick and then you’re sick.”

Slipknot returns to the stage in the United States on September 3 with a set at Rocklahoma followed by an appearance at the Inkcarceration Festival on September 10. Their Knotfest Roadshow will kick off with a home state gig in Iowa on September 25. A full list of upcoming tour dates can be found at Slipknot1.com.

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