Slipknot have announced that Knotfest will return to America this year. The festival is set to take place from October 24th-26th at San Manuel Amphitheater and Campgrounds in San Bernardino, California. The band headlines two nights of the event, playing different sets each night, with the lineup of the three-day bill already announced as well. Check out the bands confirmed below. The tickets go on sale today, July 7th.
Slipknot's frontman Corey Taylor has announced that their new album is almost done. Corey Taylor was recently talking to Loudwire's Nights With Full Metal Jackie regarding the completion of their new album, which will be their first studio album since 2008's All Hope Is Gone. You can read his update below.
Slipknot's bassist Paul Gray passed away in 2010. He was found dead in a hotel room of an overdose of morphine and fentanyl. Now nearly four years after his passing, the doctor that prescribed him drugs was acquitted of all charges in his involuntary manslaughter case. The Des Moines Register reports that Daniel Baldi, who was facing involuntary manslaughter charges for the deaths of numerous patients including late Slipknot bassist Paul Gray, has been acquitted on all seven counts.
Joey Jordison, mastermind behind his band Scar The Martyr and longtime Slipknot drummer, has finally said something since his departure from Slipknot was announced. Joey writes on his official Facebook page that he didn't quit Slipknot, implying that he might have been kicked out. However, the situation isn't very clear at the moment as the statements are very cryptic.
In the middle of the writing process of their new album, Slipknot have shocked fans by announcing that they have parted ways with longtime drummer and important songwriter Joey Jordison, now busy with a new project called Scar The Martyr. The band says this decision happened for "personal reasons" and they will move forward with the new album release next year. This is a big turning point for the band.
The recently announced first-ever Ozzfest 2013 in Japan, which takes place on the weekend of May 11th and 12th at Makuhari Messe in Tokyo, has revealed headliners for both days. Slipknot will headline the festival on Saturday, May 11th and Black Sabbath with headline on Sunday, May 12th, 2013. More details are expected to be revealed soon.
Slipknot has announced that guitarist Jim Root will not be participating in the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem tour due to health issues for an unknown length of time. The tour kicked off in San Bernardino, CA, on June 30th and will run until the beginning of August.
To celebrate two decades of existence, Slipknot will release Antennas To Hell, a "best of" collection documenting its career on July 24th. The album is scheduled to be released via Roadrunner Records while the band is spending its summer as the main attraction of the 2012 edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, as well as curating and headlining the inaugural year of their very own festival, Knotfest.
Right this moment, the third and final day of Sonisphere UK is taking place. If you're reading this you're obviously not there. Fortunately you can follow both Opeth's and Slipknot's shows from the comfort of your own home via two live webcasts.
Watch Opeth live at Sonisphere! Tune in at approximately 5:50pm GMT at this location.
Watch Slipknot live at Sonisphere! Tune in at approximately 9:00pm GMT at this location.
Slipknot has announced a special real-time webcast of their Knebworth performance via their website to take place during their headline set at 9:00pm GMT (4:00pm Eastern/1:00pm Pacific) on Sunday, July 10th.
To tune in visit Slipknot1.com.
The webcasting of Slipknot's historic Sunday night headline set live across the world from Knebworth, will go out live on Slipknot1.com as well as Sonispherefestivals.com. Set to be an epic and emotional occasion, this highly anticipated show will mark the band's first appearance in the UK in over two years and their first British performance without founding member Paul Gray, who tragically passed away last year.
The band said of the upcoming performance: "England has always been a special place for this band from the very beginning. We can't think of a better way to culminate our celebration of Paul's life than to share it with the Maggots at Knebworth and the millions more watching around the world. This is not to be missed."
For their upcoming shows in 2011, Slipknot has asked Donnie Steele to fill in on bass for the late Paul Gray.
Donnie, as some may recall, was the original guitar player in Slipknot and had actually reconnected with Paul in recent years.
Commented the band on their decision: "Donnie was in the band at the very beginning, and rather than get an outsider, we thought it would be a fitting tribute to Paul to play with someone from within the family. Donnie was great friends with Paul and we can't think of a better way to celebrate his memory than with someone who was there with us at the very beginning. The eight of us are looking forward to being onstage again and honoring Paul's legacy with our families in Europe and Brazil this summer."
Slipknot have released their new video for the song "Sulfur". The clip was shot in Los Angeles in February and directed by band percussionist Shawn Crahan (aka Clown) and P.R. Brown. The video depicts the nine members rocking out in groups of three and submerged in water one at a time. The video concept was modeled after a video installation by Bill Viola called "Ascension" that's currently on display at the Des Moines Arts Center. More explanation by Shawn Crahan at this location.
Slipknot are lining up for the the following N. American dates:
April 28 - Pavillion de La Jeunesse, Quebec City (Canada) (with Trivium, 3 Inches Of Blood)
April 29 - Bell Centre, Montreal (Canada) (with Trivium, 3 Inches Of Blood)
May 01 - Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto (Canada) (with Trivium, 3 Inches Of Blood)
May 02 - John Labatt Centre, London (Canada) (with Trivium, 3 Inches Of Blood)
May 03 - Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI (with Devildriver, 3 Inches Of Blood)
May 05 - Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield, IL (with Devildriver, 3 Inches Of Blood)
May 06 - Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO (with Devildriver, 3 Inches Of Blood)
May 08 - Zoo Amphitheatre, Oklahoma City, OK (with Korn, The Used, All That Remains, Dirtfeed)