List of Slipknot members

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Slipknot is an American heavy metal band formed in Des Moines, Iowa in 1995 by vocalist and percussionist Anders Colsefni, guitarists Donnie Steele and Josh "Gnar" Brainard, bassist Paul Gray, drummer Joey Jordison and percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan.[1] Since its inception in 1995, the band has gone through multiple lineup changes, many of which occurred before the release of its debut album in 1999.[2]

In 1996, during the mixing stage of the band's first demo Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat., Slipknot saw its first lineup change when Steele left the band and was replaced by Craig "133" Jones.[3] Shortly after, Jordison suggested the group would need a full-time sampler and Jones fit the position as "he liked doing that anyway", so Mick Thomson was brought in to fill the open position on guitar.[4] After the release of Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat., the band members were working on new material which required more vocal melody, with which Colsefni struggled.[5] In 1997, Corey Taylor was recruited from local band Stone Sour.[6][7] As a result, Colsefni was moved to backing vocals and percussion, although he left soon after.[8]

Wanting to retain their percussive edge, the band added Greg "Cuddles" Welts as Colsefni's replacement.[9] Towards the end of 1997, each member chose a number as his alias.[10] Slipknot later considered including a DJ in their lineup; after difficulty finding one, Sid Wilson was enlisted to bring the lineup to nine members.[11] In 1998, Welts was asked to leave the band and was replaced by Brandon Darner,[12] who in turn was replaced just a few months later by Chris Fehn.[13][14] The final early change in the lineup came in the latter stages of the recording of the band's debut album Slipknot in 1999, when during a break in recording Brainard decided to leave the band, to be replaced by Jim Root.[15]

This lineup remained unchanged until May 2010, when Paul Gray died of an accidental overdose of morphine and fentanyl.[16] The band's shows in 2011, 2012 and 2013 were played with former guitarist Steele filling in for Gray, although he was kept backstage.[17] In December 2013, Slipknot and Joey Jordison parted ways in controversial circumstances.[18] The band recorded and released its fifth album .5: The Gray Chapter in 2014, which featured new bassist Alessandro Venturella and drummer Jay Weinberg, whose identities were initially kept secret.[19]



Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Shawn Crahan at Allstate Arena 2009.jpg
Shawn "Clown" Crahan (#6) 1992–present
all Slipknot releases
Craig Jones at Mayhem.jpg
Craig "133" Jones (#5) 1996–present
all Slipknot releases from Slipknot demo (1998) to present
Mick Thomson-JD.jpg
Mick Thomson (#7) lead guitar
Slipknot 2016.jpg
Corey Taylor (#8) 1997–present lead vocals
Sid Wilson at Mayhem.jpg
Sid Wilson (#0) 1998–present
Chris Fehn (#3)
  • custom percussion
  • backing vocals
all Slipknot releases from Slipknot (1999) to present[C]
Jim Root (#4) 1999–present rhythm guitar[D]
Jay Weinberg 2014–present drums
Alessandro Venturella Slipknot.jpg
Alessandro Venturella bass


Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Joey Jordison at Mayhem.jpg
Joey Jordison (#1) 1992–2013 drums all Slipknot releases from Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat. (1996) to (sic)nesses (2010)
Paul Gray at Mayhem.jpg
Paul Gray (#2) 1992–2010
(died 2010)
  • bass
  • backing vocals
Josh "Gnar" Brainard (#4) 1992–1999
  • rhythm guitar
  • backing vocals
  • percussion
  • Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat. (1996)
  • Slipknot demo (1998)
  • Slipknot (1999)
Anders Colsefni 1992–1997
  • lead vocals
  • custom percussion
  • samples and media (1995–1996)[A]
Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat. (1996)
Donnie Steele
  • 1992–1996
  • 2011–2014
  • lead guitar (1995–1996)
  • bass (2011–2014)
  • Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat. (1996)
  • .5: The Gray Chapter (2014)
Greg "Cuddles" Welts (#3) 1997–1998
  • custom percussion
  • backing vocals
Slipknot demo (1998)
Brandon Darner (#3) 1998 none



  1. ^ a b Crahan and Colsefni performed all samples prior to Craig Jones joining the band, including on Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat.[20]
  2. ^ Jones originally performed guitar for the band in early 1996, before he moved over to samples and Mick Thomson joined.[4]
  3. ^ Root only performed on two tracks on Slipknot – "Purity" and "Me Inside"; Josh Brainard performed on the remainder of the album.[21]
  4. ^ Root also played bass on several tracks recorded for .5: The Gray Chapter, in addition to Alessandro Venturella and Donnie Steele.[22]


  1. ^ Arnopp 2011, pp. 40–42
  2. ^ Huey, Steve. "Slipknot: Biography & History". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved July 16, 2008. 
  3. ^ Arnopp 2011, pp. 50–51
  4. ^ a b Arnopp 2011, p. 57
  5. ^ Arnopp 2011, p. 70
  6. ^ McIver 2003, pp. 41–42
  7. ^ Arnopp 2011, p. 74
  8. ^ McIver 2003, pp. 44–45
  9. ^ McIver 2003, p. 47
  10. ^ Arnopp 2011, pp. 80–81
  11. ^ Arnopp 2011, pp. 91–93
  12. ^ McIver 2003, p. 54
  13. ^ McIver 2003, p. 57
  14. ^ Arnopp 2011, pp. 78–79
  15. ^ McIver 2003, pp. 61–63
  16. ^ Goldsmith, Belinda (June 22, 2010). "Slipknot Bassist Died of 'Accidental' Overdose". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 22, 2010. 
  17. ^ Adler, Shawn (May 24, 2011). "Slipknot Reveal Donnie To Replace Deceased Bassist Paul Gray". MTV. Retrieved July 13, 2011. 
  18. ^ Lach, Stef (June 21, 2016). "Joey Jordison: I didn't deserve cowardly Slipknot sacking". Metal Hammer. TeamRock. Retrieved July 31, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Corey Taylor Opens Up For The First Time About Slipknot's New Members". July 16, 2015. Retrieved July 31, 2016. 
  20. ^ "2001 - Anders Colsefni Interview". MFKR1. Retrieved August 8, 2016. 
  21. ^ Hartmann, Graham (March 23, 2016). "7 Unforgettable Jim Root Slipknot Moments". Loudwire. Townsquare Media. Retrieved August 8, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Jim Root: 'Seems Like Stone Sour Can't Even Write a New Record. They Lost a Good Writer'". Ultimate Guitar Archive. May 13, 2015. Retrieved August 8, 2016. 

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