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Michael Pfaff (born April 4, 1973) also known as New Guy or Tortilla Man, is Slipknot's newest member. He replaced Chris Fehn, who left the band in March 2019.

Early life

He was known for being the keyboard player for Shawn Crahan's other band Dirty Little Rabbits before joining Slipknot with the two being introduced to each other by DJ Sid Wilson.


After long time percussionist Chris Fehn was fired from the band, Michael was brought in to replace him, the exact details of him joining are unknown this time but it can be assumed that he joined due to his contacts with Shawn and Sid.

Like other members Jay Weinberg and Alex Venturella his identity was kept a secret due to him only being a touring member of this time. He was nicknamed Tortilla Man by fans due to the texture of his mask looking similar to a tortilla. However, fans on the website Reddit were later able to identify him as Michael Pfaff by the way he moves on stage, his height, and due to the fact that he is bald. And on March 16, 2022 Slipknot officially revealed Tortilla Man's identity to be Michael Pfaff.[1][2]


Pfaff's mask is made from a mold of his own head. The mask is turned inside out, with extra latex on it, and painted to look sick, with a zipper mouth.[3]

Jim Ojala applied the fabrications to the mask.




  • His mask has been through several changes with holes being added to each side of the head and the neck portion being removed.
  • At one point Michael's mask appeared to be disintegrating, which fans believed was beginning to reveal another mask underneath of the one he was already wearing, however the disintegration has since seemed to have slowed down or stopped completely.
  • Fans complained about the sound of Michael's vocals during early 2019 performances but in 2020 fans have noticed an improvement on his vocals, especially during "Nero Forte".
  • There was speculations that someone else wore his mask in the Unsainted music video, but it was actually Pfaff wearing clown's coveralls in the video.[4]

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See Also

Current Members: #0 Sid Wilson • #4 Jim Root • #5 Craig "133" Jones • #6 Shawn "Clown" Crahan • #7 Mick Thomson • #8 Corey Taylor • (J) Jay Weinberg • (V) Alex VenturellaMichael Pfaff
Former Members: Anders Colsefni • #4 Josh "Gnar" Brainard • #2 Paul Gray • #1 Joey JordisonDonnie SteeleKun Nong • #3 Greg "Cuddles" Welts • #3 Chris Fehn
Live Only: The Mystery Guy • (ᗺ) Brandon Darner


  1. @slipknot (March 16, 2022). You've been warned. Twitter. Retrieved March 16, 2022.
  2. @knotfestofficial (March 16, 2022). I am Michael Pfaff. I play Percussion in Slipknot and our 2022 Knotfest Roadshow tour starts today. AMA…. Reddit. Retrieved March 16, 2022.
  3. @knotfestoffical (March 16, 2022). Yes. That story will come out as well. Short answer, it was a mold of my face flipped inside out. Reddit. Retrieved March 16, 2022.
  4. @knotfestofficial (March 16, 2022). It was me in the Unsainted video. I saw the theories. I actually wore clown's coveralls for the video. Reddit. Retrieved March 17, 2022.