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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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 they actually represent what metal kids are into - instead of the usual out-of-date record company executive's misunderstanding of heavy metal...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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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)
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.
Slipknot have to announced they are putting an offical line of sneakers, skatedecks, and socks out in April. You can check the merchandise out at www.slipknotfootwear.com.
Some West Coast dates for the upcoming Subliminal Verses tour with Slipknot, Lamb of God and Shadows Fall have been announced, with From Autumn to Ashes set to open:
April 10 - Fresno, CA @ Selland Arena
April 12 - San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
April 13 - Sacramento, CA @ ARCO Arena
April 15 - Portland, OR @ Portland Memorial Coliseum
April 16 - Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
More tour dates: More...
Slipknot are set to play the Big Day Out festival at the Gold Coast Parklands later this month and frontman Corey Taylor spoke with Time Off magazine about touring in Australia. "It is probably my favorite tour that I've been on, besides Ozzfest 2004," he said of the band's previous visit to the country. "I'd waited my whole life to go to Australia and when I got down there it was just everything I'd hoped it would be and more." Taylor remembered Australia's most appealing attributes with ease. "It was the kids and the weather," he said. "We'd done Europe and while it wasn't a letdown, as far as the kids go, it was just really grey. I remember walking out of the Australian airport ? I think we flew into Sydney ? and looking up at this huge sky and thinking, 'God, this is going to rock!'. It was just great. I remember hanging out with a lot of the kids that came to the shows, probably getting them in a lot of trouble! I just have a lot of really great memories from that time and I can't wait to get down there again."
Read the full article at Time Off Magazine.
Iron Maiden, Marilyn Manson, Slayer and Slipknot head the list of bands who'll play both the Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park festivals in Germany. This happens from June 3-5 in the Nurnburgring and Zeppelinfeld, respectively. Other acts confirmed include HIM, Green Day, Apocalyptica and The Hives.
In support of their new album "Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses," Slipknot did a trans-Canada tour, touching down some of the bigger Canadian cities. I attended the last date (January 16) of the tour at the PNE Forum in Vancouver, BC. I arrived an hour before the doors opened and there was already a long line up of dedicated Slipknot fans, a few of them with masks, waiting in the cold and rain. No offense to anyone under 19, but all-ages shows are annoying because they generally attract teenyboppers and angry kids out to prove how cool they think they are even though they came with their parents. But I was glad to see the crowd wasn't as bad as some other concerts I've been to. However, there was this little boy of about 2-3 years of age, who wore a mask and an oversized Slipknot shirt that went down to his knees. I guess Slipknot appeals to audiences of all ages. More...
Killswitch Engage have posted this message on their official website:
Canada sure loves their metal and is slowly becoming our home away from home. The Slipknot guys have been treating us great so far, Unearth continues to be the coolest dudes around, and the shows have been awesome. Big thanks to the Toronto fans for being so supportive to us when we needed them the most. We love you all...and we'll see you all in HELL!!
Round two of dates for Slipknot's upcoming Subliminal Verses Tour with Lamb Of God and Shadows Fall have been confirmed. They are as follows (with openers for the shows noted):
With The Bled:
Mar. 25 New Orleans @ UNO Lakefront Arena
Mar. 26 Houston, TX @ Reliant Arena
Mar. 28 Oklahoma City, OK @ Fairgrounds Arena
Mar. 29 Valley Center, KS @ Kansas Coliseum
Mar. 31 Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheatre
Apr. 01 San Antonio, TX @ Freeman Coliseum
Apr. 02 Grand Prairie, TX @ Nokia Live
Apr. 04 Albuquerque, TX @ Albuquerque Convention Center
Apr. 05 El Paso, TX @ El Paso County Coliseum
Apr. 06 Glendale, AZ @ Glendale Arena
Apr. 08 San Diego, CA @ Cox Arena
Previously announced tour dates: More...
Some of the openers - including Gizmachi, Sworn Enemy, All That Remains, The Bled, and Devildriver - for the forthcoming SLIPKNOT, LAMB OF GOD, SHADOWS FALL arena tour have been announced. They are as follows:
March 4 - Wallingford, CT @ Meadows Music Theatre w/ GIZMACHI
March 5 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Spectrum w/ GIZMACHI
March 6 - Rutherford, NJ @Continental Airlines Arena w/ GIZMACHI
March 8 - Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena w/ GIZMACHI
March 9 - Cleveland, OH @ CSU Convocation Center w/ GIZMACHI
March 11 - Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena w/ GIZMACHI
March 12 - Detroit, MI @ Cobo Arena w/ SWORN ENEMY
March 13 - Indianapolis, IN @ Conseco Fieldhouse w/ SWORN ENEMY
March 15 - Lowell, MA @ Paul E. Tsongas Arena w/ SWORN ENEMY
March 16 - Fairfax, VA @ Patriot Center w/ ALL THAT REMAINS
March 18 - Hampton, VA @ Hampton Coliseum w/ ALL THAT REMAINS
March 19 - Atlanta, GA @ HiFi Buys Amphitheatre w/ ALL THAT REMAINS
March 20 - Pensacola, FL @ Pensacola Civic Center w/ THE BLED
March 22 - W. Palm Beach, FL @ Sound Advice Amp. w/ THE BLED
March 23 - Tampa, FL @ USF Sun Dome w/ THE BLED
More dates and openers to be announced soon. DEVILDRIVER will be opening all Texas dates.
Devildriver frontman Dez Fafara (ex-Coal Chamber) has answered a number of fan questions about the group's upcoming album and touring activities via the group's official web site.
Q: After you get your CD finished you said you may start touring in February. Now in February Slipknot and Lamb Of God start a tour, would there be any chance you will be touring with them?
Dez Fafara: We have been asked to do five shows with Slipknot (all of Texas) from March 28 to April 5. We confirmed this a week before Christmas, and we are excited to see everybody. We'd like to thank Slipknot and Lamb Of God for having us on, we'll see you soon. From there it could be possible to see Devildriver to start their first headlining tour of the U.S.
Q: Just wondering, is your new album sounding a lot heavier than the first?
Dez Fafara: Less linear, more brutal, and intricately structured, faster, tons of groove and hook. I think working with (producer) Colin Richardson has brought out the best in all of us. The greatest thing about Devildriver and the new album ("The Fury Of Our Maker's Hand") is that both the media and the fans won't be able to paint us in a category. We are truly doing our own thing, and having a great time with it. And you can feel it in the room as it is being created. And now I would like to take the time to be self-indulgent and gloat at the fact that Devildriver has great musicians. The legendary Colin Richardson has been amazing to work with. We would like to thank Monte Conner, from Roadrunner Records, for pointing us in his direction. But to be fucking blunt with you, if you are a Devildriver fan now you will be more than pleased with what you hear in the future.
Read the full article at DevilDriver.
An article has been posted on FMQB.com listing the heavy metal moments of 2004, from the formation of new bands to the new releases of older bands. An excerpt from the article:
2004 will definitely be thought of as a year when Metal made an official "come back" in the commercial world. This is not to say that Metal ever went away, but like any genre, it ebbs and flows, and this year brought a tidal wave of good music. The beginning of the year was dominated by strong releases from Iced Earth, Damageplan, the re-united Fear Factory and Dave Grohl's Probot project, which featured Grohl backing up singers like Lemmy from Motorhead and King Diamond.
Read the full article at FMQB.com.
Tickets for the Subliminal Verses Tour with Slipknot, Lamb of God and Shadows Fall are on sale for the first 14 dates of this tour (see dates below). A limited number of tickets offering you a chance to get on the floor or in the stands before the general public can be bought at slipknot1.musictoday.com.
Mar. 04 Hartford, CT @ Meadows Music Theatre
Mar. 05 Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Spectrum
Mar. 06 East Rutherford, NJ @ Continental Airlines Arena
Mar. 08 Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
Mar. 09 Cleveland, OH @ CSU Convocation Center
Mar. 11 Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena
Mar. 12 Detroit, MI @ Cobo Arena
Mar. 13 Indianapolis, IN @ Conseco Fieldhouse
Mar. 15 Lowell, MA @ Paul E. Tsongas Arena
Mar. 16 Fairfax, VA @ Patriot Center
Mar. 18 Hampton, VA @ Hampton Coliseum
Mar. 19 Atlanta, GA @ HiFi Buys Amphitheatre 3/20 - Pensacola, FL @ Pensacola Civic Center
Mar. 22 West Palm Beach, FL @ Sound Advice Amphitheatre
Mar. 23 Tampa, FL @ USF Sun Dome
An 18-inch autographed Joey Jordison (Slipknot) doll, created as a fund-raiser for Raven Nicole Robinson, a four-month-old girl born with a hole in her heart, is currently being auctioned via eBay.
This collectible doll is a miniature replica of the "Vol. 3" tour suit, which includes cargo shorts (with actual pockets) with elastic waistband and miniature jacket with elastic cuffs and velcro closure as well as the correct insignia on jacket. Suit is made from the same material (100% polyester) as the ones worn by the band. Patches are made by a combination of hand and machine embroidery. Left front leg of shorts is a piece from Joey's *ACTUAL* stage costume.
To view pictures of the doll and to get more information or place a bid, click here.
Members of Iron Maiden, Andrew W.K., Murderdolls, Type O Negative, Disturbed, Poison, Guns N' Roses, AC/DC, Orgy, Danzig, Fear Factory, W.A.S.P., Bang Tango, Quiet Riot, Beautiful Creatures, Cinderella, Lynch Mob, Danger Danger, Ministry, Misfits and Great White will all participate in an all-star concert at the Beverly Hills Hard Rock Café on Jan. 20 to raise money for Robinson. For more information on the show or on Raven's situation, go to RavensHeart.org.