The far away land of Iowa is a desolate and strange place, filled to the brim with spans of corn-fields, sparsely populated towns, and the consuming midwestern angst that causes people to make some harsh, emotionally-charged music. It’s the state that spawned Slipknot, who are revered for making some of the hardest hitting alt-metal of all time, so you know there has to be something that’s just a little messed up about the state. The state seems to be giving itself an even worse reputation now, as Slipknot guitarist Mick Thomson got involved in a pretty bad knife fight in Clive late last week (March 11th).
According to a Des Moines news station, KCCI, Mickael Gordon Thomson and his brother Andrew were injured in a knife fight in the guitarists front yard, and according to the police news release, officers arrived on scene at 4:25 A.M. where they found both Mick and Gordon intoxicated, and with serious non-life-threatening injuries. Mick in particular was reported to have suffered a stab wound to the head.
The band’s frontman, Corey Taylor, ended up posting a response on twitter as the story was coming out, saying:
He later gave an update, saying that Thomson is okay:
In the end, Slipknot’s manager ended up going to KCCI to tell the station that the events would have no affect on the band’s touring plans. The next day, a local police officer also stated that both of the Thomsons have been released and that they haven’t been arrested at this time, along with the news that police investigation will still be going on. Apparently, getting stabbed in the head isn’t nearly as serious as it sounds, or at least, someone made it out to be more serious than it actually is. So, what we can gather from this is that metal guitarists can take a knife to the head and be fine, and that Iowa can be a really really really messed up place sometimes.