The internet is full of super-sleuths, and rarely has a mystery captivated the music world quite like this one. But the mystery may be over - the identity of Slipknot's enigmatic 'Tortilla Man' may have been discovered.
It was only two weeks ago that Slipknot guitarist Jim Root told Rock Sound that he couldn't believe no one had worked out who he was yet, sharing “I’m actually surprised that nobody has sussed out who it is yet, but nobody has. And in this day and age of social media, with phones and cameras everywhere, that’s kinda interesting. I’ve seen the Tortilla Guy hashtag when I’m going through my IG and all of that and I think it’s pretty funny. It’s weird because I’ve met this guy before, I know who he is, but he’s really kind of elusive, even around our camp. I’ve had some people tell me, ‘Don’t tell us who he is, we’re having fun trying to figure it out!’ So I’m gonna keep my mouth shut about all of that and see what happens. Eventually someday someone’s going to figure it out…”
Well, the gig might be up. A fan on reddit has pieced together the small details we've been drip-fed over the past couple of months, and has come up with a (very logical) answer.
His answer? That 'Tortilla Man' is Michael Pfaff - former keyboard player and multi-instrumentalist in Shawn 'Clown' Crahan's old band Dirty Little Rabbits. He was even introduced to Clown years ago by Slipknot's resident DJ Sid Wilson. So this all goes a fair way towards understanding why 'Tortilla Man' has such good on stage chemistry with Sid and Clown.
If you have time, peruse the thread of comments on the Slipknot subreddit below - there's some pretty compelling evidence.