The guitarist from Slipknot is in hospital after being stabbed in the head. Police say the man who attacked metal god Mick Thompson was his brother, Andrew.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Police Think the 2 Brothers Were Drunk
A press release from police in Clive, Iowa, says that Mick and his brother, Andrew, 41, were drunk and fighting with knives outside of Mick’s home in the town. Mick was stabbed in the back of his head. Police arrived at the scene at 4:25 a.m. on March 11. Billboard reports that Mick was “rushed to hospital” following the incident. No charges have been filed yet in the case.
2. Slipknot’s Lead Singer Says Mick Is Doing Okay
Slipknot singer Corey Taylor has been updating fans about the condition of Mick. Taylor tweeted that he was doing his best to get to the bottom of the story. He later said that the guitarist was doing well.
3. Mick Has Trouble Walking Due to Severe Pain
During a documentary interview in 2005, Mick stated that he suffers from severe back pain. So much so that he has difficulty performing and sometimes even walking. The interview was done for DVD Voliminal: Inside the Nine.
4. Mick Lives With His Wife Stacey in Iowa
5. Mick Is Slipknot’s No.7
Mick Thomson is the lead guitarist in Slipknot, Jim Root plays rhythm in the band. In the band’s consecutive numbering policy, he’s number seven. Mick has the number tattooed on his arm. On Slipknot’s Wikia page, he style of playing is described as, “extremely fast alternate strumming and down-picking.” You can watch Mick talking about his love of guitars above.