Slipknot tie to knife fight not confirmed by police
A guitarist in the Grammy-winning Iowa band Slipknot was severely injured Wednesday in what Clive police called a knife fight with his brother.
Both men were hospitalized. Clive police identified them as Mickael Gordon Thomson, 41, of Clive and Andrew John Thomson, 35, of West Des Moines. Band members reported that Mickael Thomson is the Mick Thomson who performs with Slipknot.
Corey Taylor, lead singer of Slipknot, wrote a Twitter message Wednesday saying, "Mick Update: from what I've heard he's okay. We're sending him all your thoughts. Thank you for that."
Clive police reported the two brothers were fighting and armed with knives in the front yard of a home in the 1900 block of Northwest 129th Street at about 4:25 a.m., according to a news release.
At first the brothers were fighting inside the home, but moved outside after it got physical.
When officers arrived, they found the brothers, both apparently drunk, with serious but not life-threatening stab wounds. Mickael Thomson had a stab wound in the back of his head.
They were taken to hospitals in separate ambulances.
The only thing of note on Andrew Thomson's Iowa criminal record is a 2012 arrest for public intoxication in Polk County, court records show. Mickael Thomson had committed no criminal offenses of note in the state.
Neighbors interviewed Wednesday afternoon said that they hadn't noticed anything unusual that morning. Clive police said they had not been called to the Northwest 129th Street address in the past year.
This isn't the first high-profile incident involving Slipknot band members in the Des Moines area. Paul Gray, the band's bassist, died of a drug overdose at an Urbandale motel in May 2010.
Slipknot formed in Des Moines in the 1990s. The metal band has eight Grammy nominations and most recently won in 2006.