Slipknot guitarist stabbed by brother in drunken brawl

2015-03-12 09:27

New York -The guitarist for the heavy metal band Slipknot was injured Wednesday in an apparent drunken brawl with his brother, police said.

In a potential case of life imitating art, guitarist Mick Thomson of Slipknot - known for its aggressive sound, violent imagery and grisly Halloween-style costumes - was stabbed in the back of his head, police said.

Police arrived early in the morning at a house in Clive, a suburb of the Midwestern city of Des Moines, Iowa, where Thomson was apparently fighting with his brother Andrew, a police statement said.

The brothers were apparently drunk and began to brawl outside before they were taken to separate hospitals, police said.

Slipknot. (Photo: AFP)

Lead singer Corey Taylor wrote on Twitter of Mick Thomson: "From what I've heard he's okay. We're sending him all your thoughts. Thank you for that."

His brother's condition was unclear and a representative for the band did not respond to a request for comment.

Slipknot, which won a Grammy for Best Metal Performance in 2006, is scheduled to resume touring on 25 April when it headlines the Fort Rock festival in South Florida.

The Iowa-based band is due in June to play in Europe, including at France's Hellfest heavy metal festival, before a tour across the United States.

Slipknot last year released its first album in six years, entitled .5: The Gray Chapter.

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