Slipknot apparently announced that they were parting ways with keyboardist Craig Jones, who has been a member of the band since 1996. The masked metal outfit gave no reason for the split in a quickly removed social media post (see screenshot below).
The note posted on Slipknot’s social media pages on Wednesday, June 7 (before it was deleted), stated, “For our fans, Slipknot announces that we have parted ways with Craig Jones. We wish Jones all the best for the future.”
Jones (aka #5 and known for Hell-Like the Spiked Mask) initially as guitarist replacing original member Donnie Steele, but soon moved to keyboards and samplers. While Jones was not technically a founding member of the band, he came after a year of Slipknot’s existence, appearing on all of their studio albums, except for the full early demo Companion. feed. killing. repeats.
The past decade-plus has seen a number of changes in the lineup of the Iowa Division. Paul Gray died in 2010, and Alessandro Venturella eventually stepped in to handle bass duties. Drummer Joey Jordison (who passed away in 2021) was fired from the band in 2013 and replaced by Jay Weinberg. Percussionist Chris Finn was let go in 2019, and was replaced by Michael Pfaff.
News of Jones’ apparent departure came shortly after percussionist Sean “Clown” Crahan announced that he would miss upcoming Slipknot shows in order to stay home and care for his ailing wife. At this time, it is unknown who, if any, will replace Jones and Crahan on the band’s European tour, which kicks off on Wednesday night (June 7) at the Nova Rock Festival in Austria.
Slipknot will return to the US for festival dates in July (Rock Festival and Inkcarceration) and September (Blue Ridge Rock Festival). Tickets for Slipknot shows are available here for US gigs and here for international dates.
A screenshot of Slipknot’s tweet announcing Jones’ departure can be seen below. Serious consequences I reached out to Slipknot’s publicist for clarification.