DONNINGTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 14: Shawn Crahan of Slipknot performs headling Day 1 of The Download Festival at Donnington
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Update: Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor claims that Clown did not change his name. It was all a joke. Well, he got us!

Original story: Creepy clowns recently started menacing the American South—more with their presence than with actual actions against others—but the mania has spread quickly, including to the U.K. Yesterday, word arrived that knife-wielding clowns slashed a 17-year-old and permanently disabled a father.

Speaking to BBC2 (via NME), Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor revealed that his band is shifting gears due to the dark phenomenon, which It author Stephen King recently dubbed a low-level hysteria. "Even our dear Clown has downgraded himself to Mime," Taylor said, "in order to distance himself from these hedonistic doppelgänger until the coast is clear. ... Remember, a real clown doesn’t need a knife to intimidate – just a bat and a good cold stare.”

The Clown, real name Shawn Crahan, is Slipknot last remaining founding member, having created the act alongside bassist Paul Gray in 1995. Gray died in 2010, age 38, from a morphine overdose.

A movie that the Clown Mime directed, Officer Downe, is on the way. Taylor just appeared in the video for his Korn collaboration "A Different World." Watch the dude talk to Fuse below: