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Formed: 1995
From: Des Moines, IA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Background

Formed in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1995, Slipknot was a nine-member alternative metal band whose members adopted numerals as performing aliases; the stabilized lineup, in order from 0 to 8, included DJ Sid Wilson, drummer Joey Jordison, bassist Paul Grey, percussionist Chris Fehn, guitarist James Root, sampler/programmer Craig Jones, percussionist Shawn Crahan, guitarist Mic Thompson, and vocalist Corey Taylor.

In 1996, the group self-released an album titled Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat. and attracted the attention of several labels, including Roadrunner, which signed the band the following year. Slipknot's eponymous official debut was released in 1999.

Slipknot has been a wide attraction on Ozzfest. Many people want to see what makes this band tick. With nine members, halloween masks, and metal they certainly are an attraction.

Latest Slipknot News

Below is our complete Slipknot news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Aftershock Festival Teams Up With Scream Park

Monster Energy's Aftershock Festival has joined forces with Slipknot's Scream Park for the Aftershock Pre-Party on Friday, October 23 from 7pm to midnight in Sacramento, CA.

Hell or Highwater will headline the Pre-Party (with more bands to be announced) and has also been added to the Saturday, October 24 lineup of the Aftershock Festival at Gibson Ranch just outside Sacramento, CA.

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor and M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan have partnered with Sacramento based Scream Park California to produce an event that explores a whole new, intensely visceral world of horror, as only Slipknot can provide. Slipknot's Scream Park features three haunted houses and thunderous live horror entertainment and will also have an onsite presence at Aftershock on October 24 and 25. More...

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Slipknot Comments On Bassist Situation

After it was announced that Slipknot's bassist had collapsed during last night's show in Hartford and was taken to the hospital, the band has now issued the following statement about the situation:

"After a medical emergency during last night's show, we are relieved to let everyone know that our bass player, Alex 'V-Man' Venturella, is well on the road to recovery.

"Alex collapsed mid-set after feeling unwell and as a precautionary measure was taken to hospital where he was found to be suffering from severe dehydration. After recuperating overnight, he has now been discharged from hospital and is on his way back to his Slipknot family.

"All being well, Alex will be back onstage with us tomorrow in Mansfield, MA. We thank everyone who reached out with messages and well wishes for Alex and we look forward to be being back at full tilt for the rest of the Summer's Last Stand tour." More...

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Headline News

Slipknot Bassist Rushed To Hospital During Show

Update: Slipknot has now issued a statement about the situation and stated Venturella will be rejoining the band tomorrow. Read it over here.

Slipknot had to perform as an eight-piece last night after bassist Alessandro Venturella was rushed to hospital six songs into the set. A short clip of frontman Corey Taylor addressing the fans can be seen below:

"I’m gonna let you know what’s going on right now. I’m sorry to say that our bass player, Alex, had… something happened. I’m not sure what happened. He’s been put into an ambulance and he’s going to the hospital right now as we speak. But I want you all to make fucking noise for him, send him some fucking love. Now, we had a choice to come back out here. We’ve had to modify some shit, but we’re gonna keep on playing for you. It’s what we want, it’s what Alex would fucking want."

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Slipknot Releases New Video

Slipknot has a new music video out now for "Killpop" from comeback album, ".5: The Gray Chapter," available through Roadrunner Records.

The new clip was directed by Slipknot's Shawn Crahan and can be seen below.

The band will also be embarking on the Summer's Last Stand tour with Lamb of God, Bullet For My Valentine, and Motionless In White in July. Dates can be found at this location.

If you missed it, check out the previous video for "Custer" that is still available over here. More...

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Aftershock 2015 Festival Lineup Announced

The fourth annual Monster Energy Aftershock Festival will feature a lineup of hard rock, alternative and metal artists, as well as an expanded festival site with onsite camping Saturday, October 24th and Sunday, October 25th at its new home at Gibson Ranch just outside Sacramento, CA. In addition, the festival will feature live, in-ring matches with WWE’s NXT Superstars.

The band lineup for Aftershock 2015 includes Slipknot, Faith No More, Deftones, Shinedown, Jane’s Addiction, Marilyn Manson, Coheed & Cambria, Stone Temple Pilots, Breaking Benjamin, Seether, and more (daily lineup below).

Corey Taylor of Slipknot says, "We are really looking forward to playing Aftershock in Sacramento! A lot of great bands--can't wait to see everyone, from Manson to Clutch. Sacramento won't know what hit it when me and my friends are through."

Deftones’ Chino Moreno says, "We’re looking forward to being one of the headliners at Aftershock this year and performing in our hometown. It's always special to return to the city that made us."

Saturday, October 24: Slipknot, Shinedown, Marilyn Manson, Breaking Benjamin, Seether, Bring Me The Horizon, Black Veil Brides, Clutch, Hollywood Undead, P.O.D., Sevendust, Pop Evil, All That Remains, Helmet, Snot, Beartooth, Turbowolf, Art of Dying, Temperance Movement, Kill It Kid, Devour The Day, September Mourning, Stars In Stereo, Raveneye

Sunday, October 25: Faith No More, Deftones, Jane’s Addiction, Stone Temple Pilots, Coheed and Cambria, All Time Low, Death From Above 1979, Eagles of Death Metal, Sleeping With Sirens, Yelawolf, Failure, Glassjaw, Suicidal Tendencies, Issues, The Sword, Highly Suspect, ’68, Red Fang, One OK Rock, Madchild, Neck Deep, Pink Slips More...

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Slipknot Posts Rock On The Range Pro-Shot Footage

Slipknot is streaming professionally filmed live video footage of the band's May 15th performance at the Rock On The Range festival, in Columbus, Ohio.

Check out the opening song "Sarcastrophe" below.

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Slipknot Hosting Free Art Gallery

Acclaimed photographer Paul Harries has worked with Slipknot since the very beginning of the group's musical journey, and as you can imagine he's grabbed some pretty amazing photos along the way.

Now, you can get an insight into the Slipknot camp via "Dysfunctional Family Portraits" at an exclusive photographic exhibition, running until May 17th at the Strand Gallery, 32 John Adam St, London WC2N 6BP. Entry is free.

But, if you can't make the exhibition, don't panic: the run is accompanied by a book of the same name featuring the shots on display at the gallery. The publication hits stores on Monday May 11th, but you can pre-order now at this location. More...

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Slipknot: New Live Footage Posted

Fan-filmed multi-camera live video footage of Slipknot playing the song "Sarcastrophe" is streaming below. The video was taken at the band's concert in Hamburg, Germany on February 8th 2015.

Check out now the live performance of "Sarcastrophe" below.

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Tech N9ne Releases Song With Corey Taylor

Independent hip-hop powerhouse Tech N9ne will drop new album, "Special Effects," on May 4th via Strange Music.

Today Tech N9ne unleashes the metallic side of his persona with the brand new anthem, entitled “Wither,” featuring none other than Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour. Check it out below.

Corey Taylor has often publicly praised Tech and his approach to both hip-hop and heavy music. “Working with Tech was a no-brainer,” states Taylor. “When I heard the music for ‘Wither’, I knew the two of us would make something dark and crazy. The slow burn in the music is awesome- his band is great and the performance is incredible. People are gonna shit!”

Tech is no stranger to the music of Slipknot, having been a dedicated fan for over a decade. “This collaboration is a total dream come true, because I’ve been a Maggot (what Slipknot affectionately calls their fans) since ’99. This song we did together is such a dynamic rollercoaster ride! It starts off calm and cool and then fuckin’ gets loud and extremely mean and crazy! It’s perfect!” More...

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Carolina Rebellion Performance Times Revealed

A limited number of tickets for the Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion festival are still available for purchase at this location, with the fest set to take place from May 1st - May 3rd. The full lineup and performance times have also been announced and will be as follows:

Friday, May 1 — Friday Night Campground Party (for those with hotel and camping packages)

Jägermeister Stage

7:30 PM 21st Century Goliath
8:40 PM Failure Anthem
9:50 PM Brown Sabbath

Saturday, May 2 Doors open at 11am

Monster Energy Rebellion Stage

12:30 PM We Are Harlot
2:00 PM Of Mice & Men
4:00 PM Hollywood Undead
6:10 PM Papa Roach
7:40 PM Sammy Hagar & The Circle
9:50 PM Korn More...

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Welcome To Rockville 2015 Expanding

Danny Wimmer Presents, the City Of Jacksonville and SMG are happy to announce that in order to accommodate increased demand for Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville tickets, this year’s festival will be expanding into a portion of the EverBank Field grounds.

To facilitate festival attendees’ movement between Metropolitan Park and EverBank Field, Gator Bowl Blvd. will be closed at the boundary of Lot TT from 6:00 PM Friday, April 24 until 2:00 AM Monday, April 27.

The new scenario will expand the festival’s capacity 25%, from 40,000 to 50,000, over the two-day event. The lineup for the fifth annual Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, held April 25 & 26 at Jacksonville, Florida's scenic Metropolitan Park along the St. Johns River, includes Slipknot, Korn, Godsmack, Marilyn Manson, Slayer, Ministry, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Halestorm, The Pretty Reckless, Of Mice & Men, and many more.

Says Danny Wimmer Presents CEO Danny Hayes, “This year’s Rockville will be the largest yet, with a 25% increase in sales from last year’s record attendance. We are so appreciative of Mayor Brown’s support and leadership in expanding this festival into EverBank Field. I believe this is the first step in unlocking Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville’s full potential.”

“Jacksonville is looking forward to another great Welcome To Rockville,” said Mayor Brown. “By expanding its footprint in Downtown Jacksonville, fans will have an even bigger and better experience. Rockville brings thousands Downtown every year and helps solidify our reputation as a premier destination for top-quality entertainment events.”

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Just For Fun

Metallica/Slipknot Mashup "Snuffing Else Matters"

Youtuber "The Taskmaster" is streaming a brilliant mash up combining the music of Slipknot's "Snuff" with the vocals of Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters."

Check it out below.

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Breaking News

Mick Thomson Stabbed In Altercation

Update: Corey Taylor has now issued this brief statement via Twitter: "Mick Update - from what I've heard he's okay. We're sending him all your thoughts. Thank you for that."

KCCI.com is reporting that Mick Thomson of Slipknot was stabbed in the head during an altercation with his brother. The report reads:

Police said two brothers were injured early Wednesday morning in a knife fight in a Clive front yard.

Clive police said police were dispatched to 1905 NW 129th Street, where a caller said two brothers were fighting in the front yard with knives.

Police said Mickeal Gordon Thomson, 41, who lives at the home, and Andrew Thomson, of Des Moines, were involved in some sort of altercation inside the home.

According to police, the altercation spilled into the front yard, where the incident became physical.

Officers said both men appeared to be intoxicated and had serious injuries consistent with a fight. Police said Mickael Thomson sustained a stab wound to the back of his head. None of the injuries were life-threatening.

We'll keep you updated on the situation as more information becomes available. Slipknot is currently scheduled to start touring with Hatebreed next month in support of comeback album ".5: The Gray Chapter."

Read the full article at KCCI.

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Just For Fun

Sock-Puppet Posts A Slipknot Parody

Sock Puppet Parody, well known for satirizing songs by Metallica, Slayer, and Immortal in previous sock puppet parodies, has now zeroed in on Slipknot’s "Wait and Bleed".

Says Sock Puppet Parody: "Today Socknot shows you what happens when you use socks as cleaning rags in their new single 'Wait in Bleach'".

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Podcast

Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 42

This week on the official MetalUnderground.com podcast, regular co-host Kevin Perez (aka N0thinghead) is joined once again by Ollie Hynes (aka Diamond Oz) to discuss what's been happening, with particular focus being on the recent Grammy Awards and the decision to give the Best Metal Performance Award to Tenacious D. Not only this, but Kevin has tickets to give away for August Burns Red's upcoming show in Florida, as well as for Behemoth and Cannibal Corpse's stop at the same venue.

We also have music from unsigned Canadian band, Ape War, with their songs, "Born of Sodom" and "Templar" being played at the beginning and end of the show respectively.

Check out the new podcast at this location and feel free to leave us your feedback!

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Slipknot Posts "Custer" Video

Slipknot has released a live video for the "Custer" track (taken off new comeback album ".5: The Gray Chapter), which can be seen below or over at the band's Facebook profile here.

The previously released live video for "The Devil In I," shot at the 2014 Knotfest, can also still be seen at this location.

The track listing for ".5: The Gray Chapter" is as follows:

1. XIX
2. Sarcastrophe
3. AOV
4. The Devil In I
5. Killpop
6. Skeptic
7. Lech
8. Goodbye
9. Nomadic
10. The One That Kills The Least
11. Custer
12. Be Prepared For Hell
13. The Negative One
14. If Rain Is What You Want
15. Override (bonus track)
16. The Burden (bonus track) More...

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Slipknot Announces Shows With Hatebreed

Slipknot has announced a handful of Spring shows with special guest Hatebreed. Tickets are on-sale today, and the dates and venues are as follows:

4.29 Pensacola, FL @ Pensacola Civic Center
4.30 New Orleans, LA @ Champions Square-Superdome
5.2 Pelham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
5.5 Knoxville, TN @ Knoxville Coliseum
5.8 Bloomington, IL @ US Cellular Coliseum
5.10 Cedar Rapids, IA @ US Cellular Coliseum
5.12 Erie, PA @ Erie Insurance Arena
5.13 Scranton, PA @ The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
5.16 Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena More...

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"Fear Clinic" Coming To DVD

After terrifying audiences from coast to coast – the closing night event at ScreamFest 2014 Los Angeles and opening night screening at 2014 New York City Horror Film Festival – "Fear Clinic" will now be released on Blu-ray and DVD on February 10th, 2015 by Anchor Bay Entertainment.

The flick stars horror icon Robert Freddy Krueger Englund, Fiona Dourif, Angelina Armani, Thomas Dekker, as well as Stone Sour and Slipknot lead vocalist Corey Taylor in his acting debut, and is directed by Robert G. Hall ("Lightning Bug," "Laid to Rest," "ChromeSkull: Laid To Rest II").

With special effects by award-winning FX creators Robert Kurtzman and Steve Johnson, "Fear Clinic" will take viewers on an unforgettable journey into the very soul of terror itself. Co-written by Hall and Aaron Drane, the film is based on the 2009 FEARnet.com series.

When trauma-induced phobias begin to re-emerge in five survivors a year after their horrifying tragedy, they return to the “Fear Clinic,” hoping to find the answers they need to get cured.

Dr. Andover (Robert Englund), a doctor who runs the clinic, uses his fear chamber to animate their fears in the form of terrifying hallucinations. However, the good doctor soon begins to suspect that something more sinister may be at work, something that yearns to be more than just a hallucination...

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Corey Taylor Covers Alice In Chains

Footage has been posted online of Corey Taylor (Slipknot) performing a cover of the Alice In Chains track "Them Bones" with Royal Machines.

Check out the clip below, courtesy of YouTube user "whereisjerry," and shot during a live show on December 20th, 2014.

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Slipknot Posts Live Video "The Devil in I"

Slipknot premieres a new live video of "The Devil in I". Watch the clip, which was recorded at Knotfest 2014 past October in San Bernardino, California, in the player below.

Slipknot will perform at quite a few festivals next year including the Rock on the Range, Fort Rock Festival, Northern Invasion and Welcome to Rockville. In the meantime, the band will kick off their 2015 tour with Korn and King 810 in Dublin, Ireland, on Jan. 2015.

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