Band Photo: Slipknot (?)
From: Des Moines, IA, United States
Last Known Status: Active
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.
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Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor is convinced the Christian owners of Los Angeles venue the LA Forum are oblivious of the band's true persona - otherwise they would never be allowed to perform there.
The wild rock band are happy to let the Christian Fundamentalist bosses believe they are a "cartoon band" if it means they can continue to perform at the 16,000 seater amphitheatre.
He says, "Maybe they're too intimidated to say no to us or either they don't understand what we're doing or they take it on the cartoon value, they think it's just a show, when we're very passionate about what we do and what we say.
"Thank God for ignorance otherwise we wouldn't be able to play here."
Well, here I am again seeing Slipknot again. Probably my sixth or seventh time, but the main reason I am here is for Lamb of God. I guess I shouldn't complain seeing I am in lowly Green Bay Wisconsin. There hasn't been a quality show here in quite a while. More...
Slipknot frontman, Corey Taylor, cares so much about making his fans all over the world happy, he learns as many languages as possible so he can interact with the audience wherever he's performing.
The wild "Duality" rocker is aware most bands simply expect their international fans to understand English, but he is determined to go the extra mile to get his message across and make audience members feel special.
He says, "It shows them that you care enough and you're not just some p**ck American band who assumes they understand what you're saying.
"You can actually interact with them and see their faces light up. When you can make these kids' day, week, life... it's gold!
"It makes me feel good that I'm doing my job and I'm doing it right. I want you to understand me so I learn your language."
The first-ever official Slipknot fan club - Outside The Nine - is here. Get official numbered Outside The Nine Slipknot patch, access to ticket presales and meet & greets, access to audio, photos, and video never-before heard or seen...even a Slipknot1.com email address, and more.
Go to www.outsidethenine.com for more info and to sign-up.
The new Slipknot video for "Before I Forget" is now available online at Yahoo Music.
SLIPKNOT percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan recently gave an in-depth interview to Metal Temple magazine's Katrina Thompson during the group's visit to Kansas City as part of their world tour. When asked if the rumors were true that SLIPKNOT are going to disband after this tour, Clown said, "Well, you know, I can't promise anything, but I will tell you that we're already planning on another record. Anything can happen, of course. In the early days, there were always three, maybe two and a half years for each cycle. It's a lot of time and here I am on three now. We've communicated, I think we've made the right movements as a band, and I can't stomach all these guys, and I don't care if they like to hear that or not, you know. I'm an only child, I used to think I wanted brothers but I don't. I enjoy being an only child. But that's that, we're gonna stick it out, we're having a lot of fun. We've gotten a new management, we've done really well for ourselves as a business, we've gotten really good at being able to pay bills, this record cycle and our business is good. And it's all not for nothing. I mean, I would do this for as long as I could but the fact of the matter is that I've got four kids, I've got mouths to feed, I've got insurance, medical bills, school clothes, pencils, it's not easy. I mean, this has gotta be my art, but it's gotta pay the bills too. I'm just having a blast and as long as it works, we're all in and it's working. We got great, great, great people that understand what the fuck the KNOT is and if you don't know what the KNOT is then you get cast out, but we finally got those people."
Read the full article at Metal Temple.
Heavy rockers Slipknot have slashed the competition for the 2005 annual readers' poll in rock magazine Revolver by claiming the major four prizes.
The hardcore nine-piece claimed Best Band, Best Album ("Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses"), Best Live Act and Best Song ("Duality"), while Good Charlotte finished bottom of the pile, with dishonours as Worst Band and Worst Album ("The Chronicles of Life + Death").
Among the other winners were Judas Priest + Rob Halford (Best Comeback); My Chemical Romance (Best New Band), and Napoleon Dynamite (Best Movie).
According to official sources, Slipknot have not parted with Paul Gray. The bassist hasn't played any shows with the band since late April, but is said to be suffering from 'exhaustion'. He intends to re-join Slipknot for their upcoming UK and European tour commitments.
Courtney Brummer of The Daily NonPareil has issued the following report:
Two people were arrested as the result of a disturbance during the SLIPKNOT concert at the Mid-America Center [in Council Bluffs, Iowa] Friday night.
The incident began during the concert when audience members rushed a door that was to be used to enter the main floor of the arena, Council Bluffs police reports stated.
When they weren't allowed to enter, some people in the crowd started to push on the door and throw tables and chairs.
At approximately 8:45 p.m., Council Bluffs Police officers who were working at the concert made calls asking for assistance from other officers. At that time, additional officers, deputies from the Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office and Iowa State Patrol troopers arrived to assist. More...
Upstate New York's GIZMACHI are rumored to have landed one of the "mystery band" slots on the second stage of this year's Ozzfest. An official confirmation is said to be coming sometime this week.
GIZMACHI will release their debut CD, "The Imbuing", on May 3 on Big Orange Clown Records, an imprint of Sanctuary Records. "The Imbuing" was produced by SLIPKNOT's M. Shawn Crahan (who also founded Big Orange Clown Records), engineered by Josh Wilbur and recorded at Spin Studios in New York City. GIZMACHI is comprised of Sean Kane on vocals, Jay Hannon and Mike Laurino on guitars, Kris Gilmore on bass and Jimmie Hatcher on drums.
The band filmed the video for their first single, "The Answer", in February in New York. The video was directed by Crahan and produced by Doug Spangenberg (KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, LAMB OF GOD, EVERY TIME I DIE).
Omaha's WOWT is reporting that authorities were called to the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa Friday night (April 29) after violence broke out at a concert featuring the band SLIPKNOT. At least one person was arrested.
There were two levels of tickets for the performance: balcony and floor.
Authorities say that an estimated 200 people rushed security guarding the entrance to the floor. The crowd overpowered security and overcrowded the floor.
Council Bluffs Police, Pottawattamie County Sheriff's deputies and the Iowa State Patrol were all called in to restore order.
One person was stunned by a Taser, arrested and taken to the hospital.
Additional officers were called in early to maintain order.
Approximately 6,000 people were attending the concert.
Slipknot bassist Paul Gray was forced to miss the band's latest central Iowa homecoming Saturday night (April 23) at Hilton Coliseum in Ames after being hospitalized for an unspecified reason, according to singer Corey Taylor's announcement from stage. Gray is reportedly due to make a speedy return to the tour, which performed in front of 5,053 maggots at the Iowa venue (the back of Hilton was curtained off to lend the show a more intimate feel).
"Thank you so much for making a dream come true for a bunch of guys from Iowa," was how Taylor said goodbye, according to the Des Moines Register. Then the band posed for a photo on stage with the arena of fans as their backdrop — holding up Gray's mask in the photo in his absence.
Despite a previous announcement to the contrary, PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul will continue to write his advice column for Revolver magazine. In a statement posted in the magazine's May 2005 issue, Revolver editors write that there was a miscommunication between Vinnie and Revolver and that when SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison (Vinnie's projected replacement) learned that Vinnie still wanted to work with Revolver, he stepped down so Vinnie could carry on with his advice column. Any questions concerning Dimebag or Nathan Gale will be thrown in the trash. The e-mail address to ask Vinnie for advice is AskVinnie@aol.com.
The Subliminal Verses show at the E Center in Salt Lake City, UT tonight (April 19) has been CANCELLED, due to medical orders from the doctors of Slipknot singer Corey Taylor. However, Shadows Fall and Lamb of God have decided to play.
Shadows Fall / Lamb Of God (co-headline)
at the Lo Fi Cafe
165 S. West Temple Street
Salt Lake City, UT 8410
Drs: 7 PM
Tickets available at:
Smith Tix: www.smithtix.com or 801-467-8499 www.24tix.com.
Slipknot was forced to cancel Sunday night's (April 17) show in Spokane Washington for the same reason.
The Slipknot Tour Special will be aired on Fuse's Uranium at the following times:
Apr. 15, 8pm ET
Apr. 16, 12:30am & 4am ET
Apr. 17, 12:30am & 4:30am ET
Apr. 18, 12:30am & 8pm ET
Apr. 19, 3am ET
Apr. 29, 8pm ET
Apr. 30, 12:30am ET
This special feature includes individual interviews with Joey, Sid, Chris, and Corey.
More acts have been announced for this year's Download Festival, augmenting what is shaping up to be one of the biggest hard rock festivals seen across Europe in years.
US garage rockers The Mooney Suzuki, British band A and Japan's hardcore techno rockers Mad Capsule Market have all been added to the main stage, joining headliners Black Sabbath, System Of A Down, Feeder, Velvet Revolver, Slipknot, Slayer and Billy Idol.
Making an appearance on the Snickers second stage are InMe, Apocalyptica, Underoath, Lordi, Shadows Fall and Finch, among others. Flogging Molly will also be playing the event, an Irish-American punk act which features wrestling superstar Chris Jericho on vocals.
Snickers have launched a competition that will see one unsigned band will be making the journey to the festival and playing on the Snickers stage alongside other acts. For more information go to snickersunsigned.co.uk.
Nominees for UK's Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2005 awards have been announced in the following categories:
Best UK Band:
Bullet for My Valentine
Viking Skull More...
Papa Roach will play just before Nightwish, their first UK Festival date since Ozzfest in 2001.
Performing just before them, Mudvayne are set to make a welcome return to Download, having played at the inaugural festival in 2003.
System Of A Down, Slipknot, Black Sabbath, MC5, Velvet Revolver and HIM are just some of the bands to have already been confirmed. More will be announced in the coming weeks.
Download 2005 takes place at Donington Park between 10-12 June, extending to the Friday for the first time in its three year history. Weekend tickets cost £105, plus an extra £22.50 for camping.
The following excerpts were taken from an article from the Arkansas Traveler website about the fall of nu metal:
In the mid-90s Nu-Metal was an exciting, emerging twist in modern rock music that promised to exchange the best ideas in rock and rap for a single - hybrid music that could expose each style's audience to the other. However, as the 90s gave way and the millennium changed, the second wave of Nu-Metal (NM2) got further away from its hip-hop roots and closer to the dark side of heavy metal. The genre is virtually dismissible, but can it come back from the edge of death?
The first wave of Nu-Metal (NM1) was a hybrid of rap and rock music pioneered by soon-to-be staples of the genera Korn, the Deftones and Rage Against the Machine. It was pioneering and new because, unlike the oft-noted collaborations between Run DMC and Aerosmith or between Public Enemy and Anthrax, the NM1 scene wasn't based on a rock musician pounding out the beats and the emcees simply rapping over the established record.
Rather, NM1 musicians familiar with the repertoire of hip-hop's percussion section transcribed and played those beats (especially the snare and high-hat parts) as rhythm on a detuned, overdriven electric guitar. Ergo, the importance of the riff, which itself had been so dominant in eighties rock, was largely missing.
As a result, Nu-Metal made the listener want to jump up and down rather than pump twin, clenched fists in the air. It was ultra-aggressive hip-hop, or it was modest, unassuming rock. Either way, it was crossing genres and exposing new listeners to the ideas inherent in the parent style's musical genotype.
There ended the exciting part. In the late 90s Nu-Metal got heavier and louder. Korn gave way to Limp Bizkit, to Taproot, then to Mudvayne. By the time Slipknot had entered the scene, the double-kick drum was back, the screaming was incessant, and virtually no rapping was taking place.
Whereas, visually, earlier bands projected an image of body piercing, seriously baggy clothes and short haircuts, the post-Slipknot NM2 had opted instead for tattoos, long hair and regular-fit, all black clothing. By 1999, things were again starting to look orthodox
Read the full article at The Arkansas Traveler.
Slipknot has been forced to drop all of the opening acts on their Subliminal Verses Tour according to a posting on the official From Autumn to Ashes website.
From Autumn to Ashes report: Due to unforeseen Union enforced time constraints with venues, From Autumn to Ashes were removed from Slipknot's Subliminal Verses Tour, along with all of the opening act bands. The tour will remain a three band bill with Shadows Fall and Lamb of God as the openers.
From Autumn To Ashes want to apologize to all you who bought tickets to the Slipknot shows they were on. A number of alternatives were presented to the unions and the venues, but in the end, an agreement was unable to be reached. From Autumn to Ashes and Slipknot both deeply regret letting the fans down.
The band was really looking forward to playing the west coast and hope they see all of you at the Sounds of the Underground tour this summer.