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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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More Acts Confirmed For Download Festival

More acts have been confirmed for Download Festival takes place from 10th, 11th & 12th June, at Donington Park, Leicestershire.

All of these new bands are to play the Snickers Stage, with In Flames and Lamb of God playing on the Saturday, and with Motorhead, Mastodon, Chimaira, and Bullet For My Valentine all playing on the Sunday.

They join the bands previously confirmed: Feeder, Garbage, Dinosaur Jr, Megadeth, Biffy Clyro, JJ72, Billy Idol, The Used, My Chemical Romance (all Friday), Black Sabbath, Velvet Revolver, HIM (all Saturday - an Ozzfest day), and System of a Down, Slipknot, and Slayer.

Three-day tickets are on sale now, priced at £105, with camping costing an extra £22.50 (and with parking thrown in). Those not camping will (if required) need to buy an extra ticket to park their car, costing £5 if bought at the same time as festival tickets, or costing £10 on the day.

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Subliminal Verses Tour Show Report From Philly

I had the chance to attend the Subliminal Verses Tour in Philadelphia, PA. The tour included bands such as: Lamb of God, Shadows Fall and of course, Slipknot. The date of the show I attended was on March 5th and the show was at the Wachovia Spectrum. I took some pictures which are now up in the gallery section and also did a show report. The following is how the night transpired: More...

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Slipknot Photos From Philadelphia, PA Show

I was able to attend the Subliminal Verses show featuring Slipknot, Lamb of God, Shadows Fall and Gizmachi show on March 5th in Philadelphia, PA at The Wachovia Spectrum. I had the chance to photograph Slipknot as well for this feature on Metal Underground, and the pictures are now up in the gallery section.

I also am working on the show review, that will be posted tomorrow afternoon.

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Slipknot's "Subliminal Verses" Certified Platinum

Slipknot's latest album, "Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses," has been certified platinum (one million copies sold). Also, their self-titled debut has now gone 2x platinum, and the "Disasterpieces" DVD 3x platinum.

"The last six years have taken ten years off of all of our lives, but receiving these awards and feeling the response all over the world has made all of it, every sacrifice, worthwhile," told vocalist Corey Taylor during his spirited plaque-acceptance speech backstage at the band's Continental Airlines Arena show on March 6th. He concluded with a smile, "This is the ultimate middle-finger to every one of my high school teachers," as he went on his way to take the stage.

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Wednesday 13 Hand Puppet Coming Later This Month

Measuring in at 19 inches long / 8.5 inches wide, and crafted carefully in a demon sweatshop just outside the 9th circle of hell, Wednesday 13's hand puppet will be available later this month. For more information, click here.

Also coming later this month, the Wednesday 13 "I Walked With A Zombie" video. An ecard featuring more music from Wednesday's upcoming "Transylvania 90210: Songs of Death, Dying and the Dead" will be in stores Wednesday the 13th of April.

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Slipknot's Clown Miss Show Due To Wife's Illness

Slipknot percussionist Clown (a.k.a. Shawn Crahan) was forced to miss the group's appearance on NBC's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" Tuesday night (March 1) after his wife was taken ill. "The band actually dedicated their performance to him and his family — that is what [Slipknot frontman] Corey Taylor said as the song started," a Roadrunner spokesperson told Blabbermouth.net. Crahan's wife reportedly suffers from Crohn's Disease.

Slipknot will kick off their "The Subliminal Verses Tour" with Lamb Of God and Shadows Fall on March 4 in Hartford, Connecticut.

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Submit Subliminal Questions

Metal Injection will soon have a whole special on the Subliminal Verses tour, featuring interviews with all three bands on the bill: Slipknot, Lamb of God and Shadows Fall. They want fans to submit questions for the bands to answer. Go here to fill out the form.

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Slipknot, LoG, Shadows Fall To Guest On "Rockline"

Slipknot, Lamb of God and Shadows Fall will will be the featured guests on the "Subliminal Verses Tour" special edition of the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" airing Monday, March 7. The live show begins at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET, and fans are encouraged to call in with questions during the program at (800) 344-ROCK (7625). To find a station near you, check out www.rocklineradio.com.

"The Subliminal Verses Tour", featuring Slipknot, Lamb of God and Shadows Fall, kicks off March 4 in Hartford, Connecticut.

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Slipknot Promises "Unique" Tour Experience

Slipknot percussion Clown talks about their upcoming tour:

"We've been touring 11 months almost in a scaled-down production, so this tour coming up, we're bringing the hydraulics back out and we're going to be doing some film," percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan tells Billboard.com. "It's not going to be anything like the 'Iowa' set, which was crazy."

He adds, "Everybody who is coming to the shows will see something that we'll never do again and that we haven't done in the past, so every Slipknot tour is unique unto itself. And kids know that. This is a whole separate tour, video and different things that have never ever been, so it's going to be really unique and really cool."

One thing fans can look forward to this summer is the group's second DVD release. Crahan says he's spent the last four weeks reviewing footage recorded over the last year.

"I will tell you that it's not a concert," he offers. "It's a little bit of everything. It's a little bit of everybody." When asked if the band will be taping its upcoming tour, Crahan replies, "We always have someone filming us. If you're guilty, you'll be filmed."

Read the full article at Billboard.com.

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Slipknot, Slayer To Play Hultsfred

Slipknot and Slayer have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Hultsfred Festival, set to take place June 16-18 in Hultsfred, Sweden. Also scheduled to perform are the Haunted, System of a Down and Marilyn Manson. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

Slipknot
Slayer
System of a Down
The Haunted
Marilyn Manson
The Hives
The Ark
Le Tigre
The Donnas
Looptroop
Moneybrother
Ani Difranco
The Hidden Cameras
Flogging Molly
Son Kite
Ana International Penetrator
Johan Netz
Jason Ringenberg
Hans Appelqvist
Convoj
Johnossi

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Slipknot's Clown Looking For Extreme Art

The Clown, of Slipknot fame, has started his own label, Big Orange Clown and he's interested in getting extreme musicians to submit their unsigned CDs - in fact, anything connected to extreme art. Send them to: The Clown, c/o Sanctuary Group, 75 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10011, USA.

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Slipknot's Stockholm Show To Be Webcast

Slipknot's concert in Stockholm, Sweden, recorded on October 14, 2004, will be broadcasted on Sveriges Radio's "P3 Live" radio show on Thursday, February 17 beginning at 9:00 p.m. CET, reports Blabbermouth.net.

To listen to the streamed concert, go to the "P3 Live" web site and click "Webbradio" and choose P3.

Slipknot is scheduled to be the featured musical guests on the Tuesday, March 1 edition of NBC-TV's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien". It's not known what song the band will perform, although the group has chosen "Before I Forget" as the next single from "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)". The track will make its way to radio stations in early March.

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MSNBC: Darkthrone A Better Grammy Choice?

CONVERGE, SATYRICON and... DARKTHRONE...? Those are the unlikely alternate Grammy nominees suggested to MSNBC recently by "Sound of the Beast" author Ian Christe. "Then again," Christe told the Microsoft-backed news network, "DARKTHRONE already refused their nomination for the Norwegian version of the awards. These back-slapping events are viewed by most metalheads with a lot of skepticism."

Christe also told MSNBC this year's real Grammy nominees for Metal Performance (CRADLE OF FILTH, MOTÖRHEAD, HATEBREED, KILSWITCH ENGAGE, and SLIPKNOT) are "a shock... they actually represent what metal kids are into - instead of the usual out-of-date record company executive's misunderstanding of heavy metal... All five bands nominated began on indie-specialty labels, then worked their way to the mainstream over years. Normally, I'd hope in vain that MOTÖRHEAD would win, just as an excuse to see Lemmy wearing a tuxedo. But it would really be a boon to heavy metal for any of the younger bands to take the prize."

The Grammys will be handed out Feb. 13. The Metal Performance award will NOT be televised.

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Few More Subliminal Verses Tour Dates Added

More dates are coming in as Slipknot prepares to hit the road on March 4th to embark on The Subliminal Verses Tour. The arena outing will also feature metal heavy hitters Lamb of God and Shadows Fall as well as a variety of support acts.

Fuse has signed on a sponsor for the tour and you can expect some heavy coverage of the outing on the cable music channel. According to Roadrunner Records, Slipknot will appear on Fuse's Daily Download on March 1st and the channel plans to air a tour special in early April on Uranium. Fuse will document the first three stops of the tour for the special.

Latest tour dates (with Otep):

Apr. 26 Green Bay, WI - Resch Arena
Apr. 27 Springfield, IL - Priarie Capital Convention Center
Apr. 29 Council Bluffs, IA - Mid-America Center
Apr. 30 Madison, WI - Alliant Energy Center

In other Slipknot news, the band has just confirmed an appearance on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien on March 1st.

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First Nine Acts For Download Festival Confirmed

Feeder, Black Sabbath, and System Of A Down will headline this year’s Download festival, with organisers confirming that the Donington event will be held over three days for the first time ever.

Garbage, Billy Idol, Velvet Revolver, HIM, Slayer and Slipknot will also play at the third annual Download Festival, which takes place at Donington Park from 10-12 June.

Download organisers confirmed nine of the acts that are set to play over the weekend, with over 70 more expected to be announced in the coming months.

Garbage and Billy Idol join Feeder on the newly added Friday, as part of a bill which aims to broaden the musical scope of the festival by bringing in more ‘indie’ acts. Feeder singer Grant Nicholls enthused: “We are really excited about playing Download. This will be our biggest headline show yet and there's a bit of pressure on us to get the weekend off to a rocking start but we're used to playing on big stages and we'll put on a good show"

The following evening, Velvet Revolver and HIM will warm up for headliners Black Sabbath, the first time Ozzfest has been held since 2001. Topping the Sunday bill, prior to System Of A Down, will be Slipknot and Slayer to help close the festival in its true metal spirit!

As well as masses more bands, organisers have also promised to extend the fun of the festival to the campsite, adding a massive entertainment zone, featuring a cinema tent, a third stage bar and several campsite bars. Skate and BMX fans will be pleased to hear that the Soul Bowl will be back again and this year open until much later, with some very special guests appearing on stage.

Tickets for this year's three-day rock extravaganza went on sale at 9am this morning (Wednesday, 9 February) and are priced at £105 for a three-day ticket.

Camping tickets are to be purchased separately at a cost of £22.50, with hot showers and weekend car parking included. Festival goers purchasing three-day festival tickets but not wishing to camp will be able to purchase car parking for an additional £5 but only if the passes are purchased at the same time as the festival tickets. Car passes purchased on the day will costs £10.

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KsE And Slipknot Featured In "Dear Guitar Hero"

Guitar World has a new feature on their site called "Dear Guitar Hero" and currently, you can ask Adam D. of Killswitch Engage or Jim Root of Slipknot anything you'd like. Click here to submit a question. Selected questions will be answered in an upcoming issue of Guitar World.

Killswitch Engage will be on the Taste of Chaos tour all Spring, and release "The End of Heartache: Special Edition 3/1."

Slipknot is hitting the road for the Subliminal Verses World Tour with Lamb of God and Shadows Fall.

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Slipknot Choose "Before I Forget" For New Single

SLIPKNOT have reportedly selected "Before I Forget" as the next single from their "Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses)" album. The track is expected to impact radio on March 7.

SLIPKNOT will be teaming up with LAMB OF GOD and SHADOWS FALL for The Subliminal Verses Tour beginning in early March. SLIPKNOT's extensive set will feature tracks from their critically-acclaimed, Rick Rubin-produced third album, "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)" — most notable of which are the hit singles "Duality" and "Vermilion" (parts 1 and 2).

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Dying Rock Radio Leave Metal Promoters Searching

MercuryNews.com has an article about a [SF]Bay-area radio station switching from hard rock and metal to Spanish-language format and its impact on promoting metal shows in that area. The subject is all too familiar as one of DC's local alternative rock stations, WHFS (well known for the HFS-tival) also switched over to Spanish-language format unexpectedly. While promoters may be scratching their heads about what to do, it should really be no surprise as most radio stations are owned by a few media giants (cush as Clear Channel), who answer only to the almighty dollar.

Here's an excerpt from the article:

KSJO-FM, the Bay Area's only radio station that played the hard rock and heavy-metal music preferred by head bangers, has concert promoters scratching, not banging, their heads.

How do you reach the audience that would buy tickets for a hard-core concert such as Slipknot and Lamb of God (which went on sale Saturday for an April 12 HP Pavilion show), or Ozzfest, or Nickelback, if no station is playing the music?

"It's a challenge,'' says Rick Mueller, who books shows for Bill Graham Presents. "Advertising is all about repetition. When U2 comes to town, even though it will be sold out, stations will be promoting it all the time.

After 35 years as a rock station, KSJO changed to a Spanish-language format last fall. In the past, the station would have promoted this show heavily, giving away tickets and playing BGP's ads.

Now Mueller and his staff are looking for other ways to reach this niche market.

"We can use outlying radio stations in Sacramento, Modesto and Stockton,'' he says. "But that may not be best for a weeknight show. We are focused more on Internet word of mouth. Sites like www.myspace.com and www.blabbermouth.net reach the metal community.

Harlan Fray, who handles marketing for Slipknot's New York-based record label, Roadrunner Records, sees the lack of a hard rock station in the Bay Area as a handicap for this show, but as crippling for some others.

"We've got a date on Sunday as a football team and we've just lost a key offensive lineman,'' he says. "Radio is an important part of an all-encompassing marketing push, but for a band like Slipknot, the street is more important. They never got much radio play, and they'll do well with or without it.''

However, he adds, his label's biggest-selling band, Nickelback, which has sold 10 million albums, compared to about 4 million for Slipknot, probably wouldn't even play the Bay Area without heavy radio support.

Although he is monitoring Slipknot ticket sales, Mueller isn't worried and says shows such as Ozzfest will prosper even with less radio advance. Slipknot has sold from 3,000 to 5,000 on the first day of sales in markets such as Hartford, Detroit and Philadelphia. The band sold fewer than 1,000 tickets opening weekend for the San Jose show.

But Mueller notes that other metal bands, such as Pantera, received little radio support but still sold well, with many of the tickets bought close to the date of the show as word of mouth built.

Still, "in 2004, KSJO would have been the one getting the snowball rolling, building momentum,'' Mueller says. "The question for us now is how do we get the ball rolling?''

Read the full article at Mercury News.

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More "Subliminal Verses" Tour Dates Released

Even more new dates have been rolled out for Slipknot, Lamb Of God and Shadows Fall' "Subliminal Verses Tour", the latest are as follows:

April 22nd Kansas City, MO - City Market (Feat. The Dillinger Escape Plan)
April 23rd Ames, IA - Hilton Coliseum (Feat. The Dillinger Escape Plan)
April 24th St. Paul, MN - X-Cel Energy Center (Feat. The Dillinger Escape Plan)
April 26th Green Bay, WI - Resch Arena (Feat. American Head Charge)

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Slipknot's Clown Admits Concern Over Crazed Fans

Known for their extreme live shows and equally extreme fans, Beat magazine asked Slipknot co-founder and percussionist Shawn Crahan (aka Clown) how the death of Dimebag Darrell Abbott has affected him and if he has ever been scared. "I'd be a liar if I didn't say I was concerned every day of my life, but I was concerned before that happened," he responded. "What am I supposed to do, quit? I represent them; I'm here to help them. Hopefully someone like myself can prevent something like that ever happening. Hopefully our fans want to talk, hopefully they want to work it out, hopefully they reach out. You have to understand that we live in a very severe world, okay, I wonder if people think about that when they think about Dimebag, I wonder if they think about how brutal this world is to people we don't even know. But because famous people and other people are victims, everyone does stop and pay attention a little bit."

Read the full article at Beat Magazine.

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