14 of the craziest musical stage props


Slipknot’s Masks

Would Des Moines’ lovable tribe of metal miscreants be half as famous (or as commercially viable) without their trademark headgear? Maybe, but they probably would’ve fired one of the auxiliary clowns long ago. “I really don’t care what you think, this is who I am,” percussionist Shawn Crahan apparently told his bandmates just before Slipknot’s first gig in 1995, as he brandished a clown mask he got from a Halloween store, and the rest is history… as in, the rest of the band saw Crahan was really serious about the whole mask thing and quickly readjusted their vision for the group. “Damn, he really loves that mask” – Corey Taylor in 1995, maybe.