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brandonBrandon Darner was a temporary percussionist in Slipknot between July and August of 1998. The band had fired Greg ‘Cuddles’ Welts a few days prior to the Roadrunner Records signing which took place on July 8th of 1998 and while they were looking for a full replacement Brandon stepped in temporarily. He never intented to stay long and according to ex guitar player Josh Brainard, Brandon only did one live gig with the band which was the Ranchbowl show in Omaha Nebraska on August 15th 1998 (also Josh’s last live show with the band).

Mask: Brandon did not wear the ‘Old Hobo’ mask like many people thought. The fact has been misunderstood for many years and Slipknot fansites have stated that Brandon is the man behind the old man mask when actually it’s Sid Wilson with another mask on. The band were known to change masks during sets from way back in the early Safari Club days where Shawn,Craig and Paul all were known to swap to different masks during specific songs in the set list and then swap back to the original masks. Like mentioned above Brandon Darner only played one show with Slipknot in which he wore the white Liar mask which was later adopted by Chris Fehn who has stated in interviews that the mask was ‘Already made for him when he joined’, so the mask was originally created for Brandon and not Chris.

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Sid Wilson in the old hobo man mask during an unknown gig in 1998

Bands: Brandon was in To My Surprise with Shawn Crahan and they recorded their debut (and only album) which was released on Roadrunner Records in 2003. He played guitar in this band.

To My Surprise – 2002-2006
Dorothy Hecht – vocals, keyboards (2005 – 2006)
Jarrod Brom – guitars, keyboards (2005 – 2006)
Paul Thompson – guitars, vocals (2005 – 2006)
Wade Thompson – bass, vocals (2005 – 2006)
Shawn Crahan – drums (2002 – 2006)
Stevan Robinson – guitars, vocals (2002 – 2006)
Brandon Darner (ex Slipknot percussionist) – guitars, vocals (2002 – 2004)

He currently plays guitar in the band ‘The Envy Corps’
http://www.myspace.com/theenvycorps

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Brandon live at the Omaha Ranchbowl on August 15th 1998

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To My Surprise group shot from 2003 – Brandon Darner, Stevan Robinson, Shawn Crahan