After years of speculation (and the whole thing being the world’s worst secret), Slipknot recently revealed that their percussionist Tortilla Man is indeed Michael Pfaff via their Instagram. Pfaff recently sat down for an AMA on Reddit, where he discussed everything from trying to keep his identity secret to what his favorite tortilla-based dish is.
How did you react to the journey reddit & other forms of media had on finding out who you were irl when you were still “Tortilla Man”?
“It was the best. Watching it all unfold was amazing. The theories, the detectives. amazing.”
How hard was it to keep your identity secret when you first joined the band? Were you allowed to tell anyone, or just the band and family?
“It was pretty hard. These days everybody is on the internet and has a phone….you could tell a person at the grocery store and the next thing you know it’s on the internet. I flew to LA twice before my wife even knew. “
How did (I assume Shawn) approach you and asked you to join the band? How did you feel when you were asked to fill in for Chris?
“The short answer is I got a phone call while I was working my day job. The story is pretty epic and I hope to share it soon :)”
Prior to joining the band, when did you first become aware of Slipknot?
“I literally remember being in the restroom in 1998 and seeing an article about the band in the Des Moines Register. I am an Iowan, so I knew what was up.”
Anything you can tell us about the upcoming new album?
Favorite meal that has a tortilla in it that you’ve eaten on the road so far?
“Im a chicken fajita guy. Flour tortilla”
What has been your overall favorite moment on tour or in the studio?
“There have been a lot but I’m gonna try to give a tangible answer: my first performance was Jimmy Kimmel and it happened to be on my birthday so that was pretty epic.”
What’s one deep cut you want the band to play live?
Was there any inspiration behind your mask?
“Yes. That story will come out as well. Short answer, it was a mold of my face flipped inside out.”
Check out the full AMA here. Slipknot is currently working on mixing their new record and just began their lengthy Spring tour last night.
w/ In This Moment & Wage War
3/16 Fargo, ND FARGODOME [Tickets]
3/18 Omaha, NE CHI Health Center [Tickets]
3/19 Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena [Tickets]
3/22 Memphis, TN FedExForum [Tickets]
3/23 Tulsa, OK BOK Center [Tickets]
3/25 North Little Rock, AR Simmons Bank Arena [Tickets]
3/26 Durant, OK Choctaw Grand Theater [Tickets]
3/29 Birmingham, AL Legacy Arena at the BJCC [Tickets]
3/30 N. Charleston, SC North Charleston Coliseum [Tickets]
4/1 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum Complex [Tickets]
4/2 Reading, PA Santander Arena [Tickets]
4/4 Cleveland, OH Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse [Tickets]
4/6 Green Bay, WI Resch Center [Tickets]
4/7 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center [Tickets]
4/9 Minneapolis, MN Target Center [Tickets]
4/11 Winnipeg, MB Canada Life Center [Tickets]
4/12 Regina, SK Brandt Centre [Tickets]
4/14 Saskatoon, SK SaskTel Centre [Tickets]
4/15 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place [Tickets]
4/17 Vancouver, BC Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena [Tickets]
w/ Cypress Hill & Ho99o9
5/18 University Park, PA Bryce Jordan Center [Tickets]
5/20 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center [Tickets]
5/21 Providence, RI Dunkin’ Donuts Center [Tickets]
5/22 Manchester, NH SNHU Arena [Tickets]
5/24 Albany, NY MVP Arena [Tickets]
5/26 Montreal, QC Bell Centre [Tickets]
5/28 Québec, QC Videotron Centre [Tickets]
5/29 Ottawa, ON Canadian Tire Center [Tickets]
5/30 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage [Tickets]
6/1 Cincinnati, OH Heritage Bank Center [Tickets]
6/2 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena [Tickets]
6/4 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre [Tickets]
6/5 Moline, IL TaxSlayer Center [Tickets]
6/7 Bonner Springs, KS Azura Amphitheater [Tickets]
6/9 Colorado Springs, CO The Broadmoor World Arena [Tickets]
6/11 Nampa, ID Ford Idaho Center [Tickets]
6/13 Seattle, WA Climate Pledge Arena [Tickets]
6/14 Ridgefield, WA RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater [Tickets]
6/17 Las Vegas, NV MGM Garden Arena [Tickets]
6/18 Chula Vista, CA North Island Credit Union Amphitheater [Tickets]
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