Mushroomhead guitarist Steve Felton shoots the shittake.

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Mushroomhead guitarist Steve Felton shoots the shittake.

The Prairie Dogg finds the dirt on enjoying guns, art and Bjork with drummer Steve "Skinny" Felton of Mushroomhead.

PD: Excited to kick off the tour in Kansas City?

SF: Kansas City rocks. I've come down a couple times to visit my girlfriend, who lives in Blue Springs.

A tour-stop romance?

Believe it or not, when we rolled through town with [Marilyn] Manson.

Ah, yes. The Freakers Ball. Did you get to stick around for all the chaos afterward?

We had to be in Cleveland the next day, so we had to play, load up our shit and go. Thank god we got out when we did.

How does KC rank with Cleveland?

You have a good little art museum in Kansas City. We have also gone to a couple of nice gun ranges there. It's amazing how much inspiration Mushroomhead gets from guns and art. We're those kind of people.

What kind of guns do you like?

I'm a rifle man. I like the 223, the AR-15 ... but I'm also into more of the gadgetry, the laser sights and stuff.

Isn't it kind of dangerous having lots of guns and testosterone on the tour bus?

We leave the guns at home, although every now and then we'll see a really good deal on the road and pick some up. It's OK, though -- we're all upstanding citizens.

On the road, are you cleaning guns or playing video games?

Some of the guys play a ton of Tiger Woods Golf.

Jesus, you're the third Dig It interview who's mentioned that game.

I don't really play that, though. I'm building and editing our DVD. Old dogs can learn new tricks.

Do you scare your kids when you're wearing your full get-up?

No, they're fascinated by it. On XIII, there's no profanity. For the genre we play and the company we keep, you would think every other word would be fuck, but it's not. It's cool to be able to let your kids share in what you're doing.

Is there anything you listen to, like Celine Dion, that would surprise people?

People are surprised that I have influences like Bjork, PJ Harvey and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.

Will Mushroomhead ever pull a big Kissesque taking off of the masks?

I don't think we'll ever do the unmasked thing. When I sit down at the dinner table, I don't have the mask on. When I go out, I'm not Skinny from Mushroomhead. I'm just Steve Felton.

Are you worried that the costumes detract from the music?

We do get the whole schtick-gimmick thing a lot, but the music can do the talking.

Who would win between Mushroomhead and Slipknot on Celebrity Deathmatch?

Oh, flat-out us. Bring it on!

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