Former Slipknot percussionist Chris Fehn is still pursuing his lawsuit against the band and business manager, and now he’s fighting to keep it from being dismissed.
Robert Shore, who manages business affairs for the band, recently filed to have Fehn’s lawsuit dismissed, claiming that he and his company, Rob Shore & Associates, did nothing wrong. In an affidavit supporting the dismissal, Shore wrote about Fehn’s payment and status in the band, saying that he has never been a full-time member and has been paid accordingly:
“Fehn performed with Slipknot and received a fee for doing so. He is not a shareholder, owner or member of any business entity he names as a defendant in this action.”
He also cites that he had never been sued before for his services, continuing:
“I have been involved in the music management business for decades and have operated RSA [Rob Shore & Associates, Inc.] since 2008. RSA clientele receive optimal business management services whenever and wherever needed, and I am confident in stating that each of RSA’s clients, including the Slipknot entities, has received precisely such service. Neither RSA nor I have ever been sued by a client, for any reason, including those similar to the outrageous allegations contained in this case.”
Back in March, Fehn sued bandmates Corey Taylor and Shawn “Clown” Crahan, six of their business ventures, Shore and Rob Shore & Associates, Inc., alleging that he was not being paid fairly for his work in the band. Instead of one company that split all of the band’s earnings evenly, the suit claims that Fehn had recently found out that there were several businesses formed using the band’s name that other members were unfairly profiting from. Fehn is suing to get an account of all the band’s companies and assets and to be compensated for the damages and profits he believes are owed to him.
In the meantime, fans are still trying to figure out the identity of the band’s replacement percussionist, lovingly nicknamed “Tortilla Man.” Fans on Reddit have been hard at work speculating, coming up with a possible candidate. On Wednesday, a photo surfaced of a man with a camera coming out of a hotel following behind another member of the band. People were noticing that the man was wearing shoes similar to those the band has been wearing during this album cycle. However, other fans have noted that “Tortilla Man” in photos looks to be bald under his mask, which would rule out the person in the Reddit photo.
The band has been very tight lipped about who is under the mask. In May, Crahan told Kerrang! that the man’s identity was “nobody’s f***ing business.” Even so, the band has been getting in on the fun of teasing fans about the new percussionist’s identity. Earlier this week, another photo surfaced on Reddit showing “Torilla Man’s” drum set-up with the caption “Who Is The New Guy?”
Slipknot will be releasing their latest album, We Are Not Your Kind, on August 9. The band starts their Knotfest Roadshow tour on July 26 in Mountain View, CA, which will take them across North America before wrapping up September 8 in The Woodlands, TX. Behemoth, Gojira and Volbeat will be opening. Following those dates, the band will be heading to Australia and New Zealand, followed by dates in Ecuador, Mexico City (Knotfest Mexico) and Costa Rica.