It’s very interesting to see the musical tastes of artists when they’re not doing their own thing, especially when it ends up being radically different from the music they make. This especially true of Slipknot’s DJ, Sid Wilson, who not only has his electronic side-project to separate himself from the aggressive music that Slipknot puts out, but he was also caught sitting in on a Jazz show in Sheffield’s Cubana venue. Wilson also gave the 70-year-old pianist Ralph Salt the biggest tip of his 50 year long career. At the end of Salt’s set, Wilson came up to him and handed him 100 Euros (Roughly $115 U.S.) for his trouble! Everyone can appreciate Jazz, but it’s especially surprising to such a high-profile artist in the loud rock world to give respect to Jazz in that degree.
His visit as a Slipknot member was mostly unnoticed anyway, as the whole mask situation makes it difficult for people to recognize him. Regardless, Wilson ended up playing his own piano set in the downstairs bar. Although no video of the performance is available, it does sound like quite a thing to behold! The DJ for one of the most prominent metal acts of this year playing an impromptu piano set at a Jazz bar, and nobody thought to record it. Salt talked about Wilson after the event, saying:
"Sid was a real gentleman and couldn't have been further removed from his SLIPKNOT persona. He was very appreciative of my performance and even asked me to play my choice of sentimental song as an encore. I thought a Joe Cocker song was the perfect choice, given his recent passing, and Sid listened intently throughout.
"It's fair to say I was presented with the biggest tip I've ever had in my career and it couldn't have come from a more unlikely candidate!”
So, there you have it. You can all thank Sid Wilson for helping metal artists and fans look just a bit better. Here’s a set from Ralph Salt featuring Shirley Patterson, since no video is available of Wilson’s performance: