The Mushroomhead vs. Slipknot feud all started at a Slipknot show in Cleveland, OH in 1999. The legend is that Mushroomhead fans began throwing stuff at Slipknot during their show, which then led to Slipknot fighting the crowd. In recent years, then-Mushroomhead-vocalist Waylon Reavis admitted Slipknot rules, and Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor even suggested a tour with the band in 2014. Basically, nobody cares anymore. Including Mushroomhead drummer Steve "Skinny" Felton.
Felton recently told the Talk Toomey Podcast that the feud was much ado about nothing, and that Mushroomhead "spent a lot of time complaining about [Slipknot] for nothing."
"No, I heard all about it in the following days, but you know, that’s way before the internet and Facebook’s and things of that nature. So over the course of the next week or whatever I found out, like as far as what was going on, or at least I had heard of what was going on. Then I heard like 20 different stories throughout the years… Now it’s just like the legend of Bigfoot. Right?
"I guess it happened and does it fucking matter? I mean, at that point, it’s just like a silly fan-fueled and I guess media hype, you know thing to talk about… This is the 90s. Yeah, you know, any sort of news was cool. There wasn’t a whole lot back then. And then you get a feud between bands. It’s kind of East Coast v West Coast type of thing. Oh, Lord, here we go.
"And for some of the entertainment value of it, sure. A lot of us in the band were at the time into it. And, you know, played, played it up and had some fun, but, you know, I look back and I think I should have did it all when I knew it all, you know, I mean, right? Oh, yeah. Like how silly of us… Obviously we didn’t have any part of it and jump on the bandwagon of talking to the media about it and going oh we came first, the chicken or the egg and that whole stupid thing.
"We spent a lot of time complaining about them for nothing. So you know God Bless them they’re one a biggest bands out there. It proves that masked heavy metal and that style of entertainment is still relevant."
Mushroomhead will release A Wonderful Life on June 19 and it's actually pretty good!