Did SLIPKNOT percussionist Michael Pfaff accidentally reveal who the band’s new keyboardist actually is?
In a twist worthy of a suspense novel, on June 7th, SLIPKNOT bid farewell to their longtime keyboardist, Craig Jones. But hold your maggot-infested horses, because just a few hours later, the announcement mysteriously vanished, replaced by a photo that screamed “new member alert!” It was like witnessing a shape-shifting creature straight out of a sci-fi flick. Some fans speculated that maybe Jones hadn’t really left the band but simply received a shiny new mask instead. Oh, the never-ending mysteries of SLIPKNOT!
A few weeks rolled by, and in a highly anticipated interview, vocalist Corey Taylor spilled the beans. Apparently, SLIPKNOT needed a little more time to figure things out with their enigmatic newcomer. You see, it took this mysterious soul a hot minute to navigate the SLIPKNOT world and find their place among the masked mayhem. As Corey put it, “it took him a second to kind of find his way.” Talk about being fashionably late to the screaming party!
Naturally, when a band keeps things as secretive as a CIA operation, it’s no surprise that the identity of the new member remained shrouded in uncertainty. However, thanks to the intrepid observations of fans, a deleted Instagram story by percussionist Michael Pffaf provided a clue. The alleged new keyboardist, my friends, is none other than Zac Baird. Yep, the same Zac Baird fans had been buzzing about as a possible replacement for Jones. And if you squint at the photo below, you might just spot the name “Zac” conveniently placed next to Mick Thomson‘s stuff. Coincidence? We think not!
Now, before you go on a headbanging rampage, it’s essential to note that SLIPKNOT hasn’t officially confirmed this revelation. But hey, when have these masked marvels ever played by the rules? Besides, Baird comes armed with experience, having rocked the keyboards for KORN from 2006 to 2016 and even lending his talents to GHOST during their live performances between 2017 and 2018. This guy knows how to tickle those ivories while maintaining a menacing aura.
So, as we wait for SLIPKNOT to spill the beans officially (if they ever do), let’s revel in the mystery, embrace the enigma, and keep those metal horns raised high for the alleged new master of keys, Zac Baird. May he weave dark and atmospheric melodies that pierce our souls, while also making sure to lock up his mask securely because, you know, SLIPKNOT and their fondness for a good game of musical chairs.