Michael Gordon Thomson (born November 3, 1973), known as Mick Thomson or by #7, is the lead guitarist of Slipknot, the nine-member heavy metal band from Des Moines, Iowa.
His early career in music started in bands such as Body Pit, which included other members who were to be in Slipknot. He joined Slipknot under a recommendation from Joey Jordison, and replaced Craig Jones on guitar, who moved to samples/media. Although credited as being on the album, Mick had nothing to do with (early 1995 release) Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat.. He also denies the existence of Crowz, saying that "the secret album everyone talks about is just a bunch of leaked demo tapes and stuff."
Aside from Slipknot, he did a guitar solo for a Malevolent Creation song.
On October 5th 2012 he married his longtime girlfriend, Stacey Riley.
At 6"3, he is the second tallest member of Slipknot, behind #4 Jim Root.
His guitar techniques involve extremely fast alternate strumming and down-picking, and he is often seen as more the 'lead' guitarist of the two (Jim Root is more seen as 'rhythmic' guitar).
|Current Members:||#6 Shawn "Clown" Crahan • #5 Craig "133" Jones • #7 Mick Thomson • #8 Corey Taylor • #0 Sid Wilson • #4 Jim Root • (V) Alex Venturella • (J) Jay Weinberg • Michael Pfaff|
|Former Members:||Donnie Steele • Anders Colsefni • #3 Greg "Cuddles" Welts • #4 Josh "Gnar" Brainard • #2 Paul Gray • #1 Joey Jordison • #3 Chris Fehn • Kun Nong |
Live only: The Mystery Guy • #3 Brandon Darner