During an appearance on SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation”, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor talked a bit about the band’s mysterious percussionist “Tortilla Man.” Current rumors seem to suggest that the musician is Michael Pfaff (Dirty Little Rabbits), but Taylor says the group have no plans to confirm his identity “even if somebody gets it right.”
Taylor said the following when asked about the interest in “Tortilla Man”:
“I did an interview with Rock Feed news like a week ago or so, and I said that it was Tito Puente. And people who had never heard of Tito Puente were, like, ‘Oh my God! He totally revealed who [it is].’ I’m, like, ‘Are you kidding?’ It is amazing the level of ridiculousness that not only permeates this band but permeates the fandom of this band. I’m just sitting back going, ‘I’ll feed you guys whatever.’ I mean, it’s beautiful. Just laying those little clues and people lose their minds. It’s awesome.”
He continued when asked if anyone has guessed his identity correctly online:
“I’ve seen a couple of things, and none of ’em have been right so far. I’m loving it, dude.”
He also added the following when asked if the band will just keep it a mystery:
“For us, it’s more about just keeping the spirit alive. ‘New guy’ doesn’t care. Even if somebody gets it right, we’re not gonna confirm it. It’s one of those things. For us, it’s more about getting the band out there. Because, to be honest, the one thing that kind of reminded us that the band is more important is that even after the album came out, people were still into the band no matter who was in it.
So, to us, it’s a reminder that the band is more important than worrying about conjecture about who ‘Tortilla Guy’ is. So we just basically politely answer those questions, but never fully commit to any correct answers. [Laughs]”