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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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Metal Hammer Award Winners Announced

The following are the award winners at last night's Metal Hammer awards ceremoney:

Best UK Band: LOSTPROPHETS
Best Live Band: SLIPKNOT
Best International Band: THE USED
Best Underground Band: MESHUGGAH/MASTODON
Best Metal Record Label: Roadrunner
Incoming Award For Best Newcomer: NIGHTWISH
Best Video: MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE 'Helena'
Riff Lord Award: Zakk Wylde
Shredder Award: Herman Li, DRAGONFORCE
Best Metal Band: ANTHRAX
Best album: JUDAS PRIEST 'Angel Of Retribution'
Icon Award: Ville Valo
The Spirit Of Hammer: BLACK SABBATH
The Golden God Award: Lemmy

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More Roadrunner "All Stars" Announced

Roadrunner Records has advanced in the process of putting together the ground-breaking "Roadrunner All-Stars" record to mark the label's 25th Anniversary. The full-length release will contain original musical collaborations between past and present Roadrunner artists. Approximately 50 musicians are expected to participate in this record, making it a most elaborate collaboration project.

Four central musicians have been chosen to produce and write all the songs. Previously announced were Joey Jordison (Slipknot), Dino Cazares (ex-Fear Factory/Brujeria) and Robert Flynn (Machine Head). The fourth writer/producer has recently been selected - 19 year-old metal prodigy Matt Heafy will take the lead of the fourth team. His band, Trivium, has been called "the valedictorian(s) of the 2005 metal class" by Hit Parader Magazine. "It blew my mind to be asked to participate on this album and write a few tracks," says Heafy "It's an amazing honor to be able to record with artists that I used to emulate and listen to growing up." These four musicians will not only play on the songs they have written but also assemble a unique team of Roadrunner artists to appear on each track.

Notable progress has been made in Jordison's, Cazares' and Flynn's teams. Music has been laid down, but vocals have yet to be added. The vocalists for the tracks have not been confirmed as of yet. The artists that have contributed to the tracks recorded thus far are: More...

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Slipknot Do One-Off Show, No Tour

It's bad news for Slipknot fans hoping that the band would tour U.S. clubs in late summer. The Las Vegas House of Blues has confirmed that Slipknot will be playing there on August 21, leading to some speculation over whether that gig would be part of a tour. But a spokesperson for the band says it's simply a one-off performance. At this point, the only other U.S. show on Slipknot's itinerary is a single Ozzfest appearance on August 20 in San Bernardino.

In related news, Slipknot have once again delayed the release of their upcoming, as yet untitled DVD to October 11th via Roadrunner.

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Stone Sour To Enter The Studio In January

SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor has told Holland's Toazted.com that he and SLIPKNOT guitarist Jim Root will be entering the studio in January 2006 with their side-project STONE SOUR to record the group's sophomore album, tentatively due next spring/summer via Roadrunner Records.

According to Taylor, the band have written over 30 songs for the follow-up to the group's 2002 self-titled debut, which was certified gold in March 2003 by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of more than 500,000 copies in the U.S.

You can listen to Corey Taylor's entire 25-minute interview with Toazted.com, conducted on June 6 before SLIPKNOT played a club show at the Paradiso in Amsterdam.

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New Slipknot DVD Release Date

Slipknot's as-yet untitled new DVD release has once again been met with a delay. It is now eyeing an October 11th release date through Roadrunner

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Sanctuary Talks Included Warner, EMI

Reuters is reporting that Sanctuary Group's discussions with potential investors included meetings with larger rivals EMI and Warner Music, a person familiar with the situation said on Sunday.

The talks have been preliminary, no firm offer has been submitted and a deal is not imminent, the source added.

Sanctuary, the music company which handles artists such as GUNS N' ROSES, IRON MAIDEN, SLIPKNOT and SLAYER, said on Friday it was in ongoing talks with several third parties that could lead to a partial or outright sale of the company.

In addition to EMI and Warner, several private equity firms also have held talks with the company.

Shares of Sanctuary, the world's biggest independent record label and a major player in artist management, touring and merchandising, are up more than 20 percent since May 31.

Sanctuary, EMI and Warner all declined to comment.

The company's shares closed at 43-1/2 pence on Friday, giving Sanctuary a market capitalization of 161 million pounds ($293 million).

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Greek Church Seeks Ban On Slipknot Show

Newsday.com reports that Greece's Orthodox Church urged concert organizers Monday to cancel a planned show by Slipknot because of the group's violent lyrics and references to the devil.

The band from Des Moines, Iowa, were performing Monday night at the open-air Lykavitos theater. Concert organizers could not be reached for comment.

Slipknot's song "I Am Hated," includes the lyrics: "The whole world is my enemy -- and I'm a walking target / Two times the devil with all the significance / Dragged and raped for the love of a mob / I can't stay -- because I can't be stopped."

The church, citing a local press report, said in a statement: "The members of the band have a shocking appearance, wearing black uniforms and masks that look like skulls."

The statement added: "Public institutions must do their duty and protect Greek citizens, especially people, from any public event that promotes Satanism."

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Matt Heafy Tapped To Produce Roadrunner All-Stars

According to MTV.com, the fourth mystery producer behind Roadrunner Records' forthcoming "Roadrunner All-Stars" disc — which is expected to contain original tracks that are the product of collaborations between past and present members of the label's roster — has been revealed.

Joining producers/composers Joey Jordison of SLIPKNOT, Dino Cazares of FEAR FACTORY and MACHINE HEAD's Robert Flynn will be Matt Heafy of TRIVIUM.

All four musicians will not only play on the songs they've written, but will assemble a team of artists to record the tracks. In order to cover as wide a spectrum as possible, no musician will play for more than one writer/producer and each song will feature a different vocalist.

The project is being overseen by longtime Roadrunner A&R man Monte Conner. Mixing duties will be handled by legendary hard rock producer Colin Richardson. The album is tentatively scheduled for release in the fall of 2005.

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Slipknot Rely On LA Forum's Ignorance

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."

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Subliminal Verses Report from Green Bay, WI

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...

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Corey Taylor Turns Linguist For Slipknot Fans

contactmusic.com reports:

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."

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First Ever Official Slipknot Fan Club Launched

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.

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New Slipknot Video Available Online

The new Slipknot video for "Before I Forget" is now available online at Yahoo Music.

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Clown On Slipknot: I Can't Stomach All These Guys

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.

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Slipknot Clean Up In Revolver Poll

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).

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Slipknot Not Planning Change At Bass

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.

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More Details Emerge About Slipknot Show Riot

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...

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Gizmachi Rumored For Ozzfest 2005 Second Stage

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).

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Violence Breaks Out At Slipknot Concert In Iowa

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.

You can watch a WOWT video report on the the violence at the SLIPKNOT concert in Council Bluffs, Iowa here.

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Slipknot Bassist Misses Iowa & St Paul Shows

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.

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