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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On Sunday, July 18, 2004 I enjoyed one of the best Ozzfests I've witnessed at the Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, Virginia, despite a day that started off pretty bad. To put it all in perspective, I'll start at the beginning. I awoke to prepare for the day and immediately noticed that my right eye which was slightly irritated the day before was swollen half shut. After 30 minutes or so of being awake, I was developing a serious headache from the pressure of my swollen eyelid being open. Although I had fully intended to arrive at Ozzfest by 9:30 and see every band perform, I quickly resigned to going in to the hospital to have my eye checked out. The decision was an easy one because the headache was already terrible and I could only imagine the situation worsening throughout the day as dust, rain, sweat, and/or sun screen got into my eyes.
After two hours in the hospital to get some antibiotic eye drops, I was on my way. One side effect of the eye infection was that I was forced to wear glasses instead of contacts, which totally sucks - it's kind of hard to headbang with glasses on.
Factoring in travel time, I arrived at Ozzfest just two hours into the show. The weather was overcast and comfortably cool 70's. They were calling for a 60% chance of rain, but the weather was holding, despite passing through some rain on the drive to Bristow. More...
Albany's Capital News 9 has posted a two-minute video report from this weekend's Aggressive Music Festival, which featured performances from a number of national heavy metal bands, including Slayer, Slipknot, Killswitch Engage, Chimaira, Superjoint Ritual, Shadows Fall, Hatebreed and Life Of Agony. Watch the video here.
Around 4,000 music fans from the Capital Region and as far away as California packed the Glens Falls Civic Center for the festival, which was organized in part by Hatebreed singer Jamey Jasta. Back in May, a group of local people went around getting residents in the Glens Falls area to sign petitions (watch video here) against the concert due to some of the groups' questionable lyrics. But organizers, bands and fans said there's nothing wrong with this type of music.
Promoter Ted Etoll said, "They took one little isolated lyrical content and made everybody here to look like demons, which they aren't."
Mark Wellington of Queensbury said, "You know a lot of people were shaky about having guys like us come up here and have a festival, but overall it's just fans coming to listen to good music."
The tracklisting for the forthcoming Headbangers Ball Vol. II, which will be making it's way onto store shelves in late September: More...
So, after quite some time and many doubts I have finally decided to share my thoughts about this year's Ozzfest. Actually, it's my first time on this festival since I'm from Europe and I've only been living in U.S. for two years now. Please, do consider this as you read along :)
I got to the Tweeter Center around 10:15 in the morning. Being my first time there, I wasn't sure how the whole thing was gonna go. The first thing that looked very weird were all those people on the parking lot who had brought BBQs and coolers and were hanging out by their cars. Very American, I thought. More...
Some setlist info is starting to filter in from bands at this years Ozzfest. Here they are so far:
Someone's Standing On My Chest
Right Side of The Bed
Lip Gloss and Black
Broken Promise More...
SLIPKNOT have announced that 'Vermillion' will be the next single off of their recent RoadRunner release "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)".
Rob Zombie and A Perfect Circle will contribute new recordings to the fist-pounding soundtrack to the flick "Resident Evil: Apocalypse," which comes out August 24. Other artists signed on for the disc include Slipknot, Killswitch Engage, Lacuna Coil, and some unnamed emo/metalcore acts, according to a spokesperson for the project.
Read the full article at MTV.com.
A live video of METALLICA members James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo performing the track "Enter Sandman" with SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison at the Download festival in England on June 6 has been posted online at the following locations: Server#1, Server#2 (62 MB).
As previously reported, METALLICA's regular drummer, Lars Ulrich, was taken to hospital with an undisclosed illness just hours before METALLICA were due to headline the festival. Rather than pull the show and risk a revolt from fans, METALLICA called upon SLIPKNOT and SLAYER drummers, Jordison and Dave Lombardo (respectively), alongside Ulrich's long-standing drum tech Flemming Larsen, to rescue the gig. Jordison played in his SLIPKNOT mask.
Olivier Rouhet of Rock Hard France sent us the following report from the 2004 edition of Fury Fest, a three-day event held June 25-27 at the Park Des Expositions in Le Mans, France:
"Headlining the last day of the Fury Fest Festival in Le Mans (France), SLIPKNOT had to endure the hostility of French so-called music 'fans'. Before going on stage, a majority of the audience (hardcore and black/death metal fans) organized themselves in order to sabotage the SLIPKNOT show. It started before the band went onstage with a non-stop 'SLIPKNOT, enculé' (Translation: SLIPKNOT, fuckers).
"When [drummer] Joey Jordison went on stage, the battle started: a large part of the audience started throwing anything [they could find] on stage (the security crew allowed bottles in the venue!). Pretending to defend the integrity of music, those so called 'fans' ruined the show. SLIPKNOT played 48 minutes (they were supposed to play 90) and it must be said that it's a very courageous move as any band would have left the stage after one song.
"The rumors provoking the furor was that SLIPKNOT had a very long soundcheck in the morning (this is true) but nobody can believe that this was a spontaneous move. The people there had planned to ruin the SLIPKNOT show: a real silly move. If you don't agree with SLIPKNOT, the best way is to leave the festival. By provoking violence, the fans have given France a bad name.
"During 'People = Shit' chorus, Corey sang (it depends who you talk to !) 'You are full of shit' or 'people throw me shit'. As Rock Hard France is a sponsor of the Fury Fest, we can only condemn the attitude of all these so called 'fans.' The SLIPKNOT show for the opening of METALLICA (23rd June) at Le Parc Des Princes was perfect.
"Some days ago, I had the chance to talk by phone with [singer] Corey [Taylor] about his love for France. I just hope that the attitude of those hooligans in Le Mans won't affect the relationship with true fans of music.
"To sum up everything, let's say that it's everybody's right to dislike SLIPKNOT, but it's a shame to ruin a show, for the band and the fans, and the best way to show his dislike is to boycott. Shame on the Fury Fest audience. For the first time, young French people organized a good festival. The audience ruined it. No surprise if bands don't play in our country anymore (not being Parisians, this kind of stuff would not have happened in Paris). SLIPKNOT is a good band. If you don't like them, don't look at their show, and don't ruin the fans' pleasure."
A bunch of photos of SLIPKNOT performing live at the Sound Advice Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Florida last Wednesday (March 31) have been posted online at this location (courtesy of Error 404 Media).
A brand new SLIPKNOT track, entitled "Pulse of the Maggots", has been made available for download.
"Pulse of the Maggots" comes off the group's much-anticipated third album, "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)", due on May 25 through Roadrunner Records. Other songs on the 13-cut Rick Rubin-produced CD include "Vermillion", "Circle", "The Blister Exists" and first single, "Duality", for which the group shot a video last Saturday (March 27) in West Des Moines. A B-side from the recording sessions, "Don't Get Close", plus some instrumental pieces, recently appeared in the Activision video game "MTX: Mototrax".
SLIPKNOT kick off the fourth installment of the Jägermeister Music Tour today (March 30) in Orlando, Florida. FEAR FACTORY and CHIMAIRA are also onboard for the six-week trek, which wraps up May 14 in Sacramento.
WHO TV in Des Moines, Iowa is reporting that SLIPKNOT fans traveled from as far off as the Ukraine and Great Britain to attend the filming of the group's new video, which took place Saturday (March 27) in West Des Moines. 500 fans were selected to take part in the shoot, which saw the group performing inside a rented house as it was being "invaded" by "maggots." Check out a KCCI TV video report on the "maggot" auditions at this location.
Commented SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison during the filming: "We wanted to come back and just do a video here with our friends in Iowa and make it more real and this has been a blast so far, we're just getting started."
Lead singer Corey Taylor added: "It's basically gonna looked cramped and wet, a lot of stink and ugly, it rules basically what this band is all about."
Security was on-hand, but there were no reports of any problems at the filming, according to WHO TV.
The "Duality" video shoot was helmed by the directing duo of Mark Klasfeld and Tony Petrossian. The track comes off the band's new album, "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)", due on May 25 through Roadrunner Records. The first song released will be "Pulse of the Maggots", which will be made available for download on the group's web site on Tuesday, March 30. Other tracks on the 13-cut Rick Rubin-produced CD include "Vermillion", "Circle" and "The Blister Exists". A B-side from the recording sessions, "Don't Get Close", plus some instrumental pieces, appear in the Activision video game "MTX: Mototrax".
In the March issue of Sweden's premiere rock/metal magazine Close-Up, SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison talks about playing the song "The Blister" from the band's upcoming album, "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)", for NINE INCH NAILS mainmain Trent Reznor.
"Me and Greg [Fidelman], our engineer, were sitting at the mixing desk listening to this shit. [Producer Rick] Rubin comes down — this is at his house — with Trent and I shake Trent's hand. Rubin tells Greg, 'Why don't you just play that song, let Trent hear it.' I fucking cranked it up, and right after the song, Trent was like, 'Dude, I gotta go lay down, I feel like a pussy now!' It was awesome! That's Trent Reznor right behind me. It was cool. A really, really humbling experience, the fact that he would say something like that about our new record. He's a lovely guy."
SLIPKNOT's "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)" is scheduled for release on May 25 through Roadrunner Records. The band are currently preparing to hit the road as part of the fourth installment of the Jägermeister Music Tour, beginning March 30 in Orlando, Florida. FEAR FACTORY and CHIMAIRA are also onboard for the five-week trek, which wraps up May 14 in Sacramento.
Steve Richards, the founder of No Name Music and former manager of SLIPKNOT and MUDVAYNE, passed away on Sunday, after a long battle with brain cancer. Services for Richards will be held on Friday, March 26 at 12:00 noon at Kol Tikvah, 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, 91364.
Members of SLIPKNOT attended a show by the first-ever SLIPKNOT tribute band DISASTERPIECE on Thursday, March 18 at The House of Bricks in Des Moines, Iowa.
Commented DISASTERPIECE in their newsletter: "It was a most exciting and surreal experience for all of us here in DISASTERPIECE. Especially Joe Lohr #4 who received from [SLIPKNOT guitarist] Jim Root his personal first custom-made Fender guitar that he used on the last tour and Jim's second original mask. This is the first time any fan has received an original mask ever. Jim's first mask is in the custody of the ink god Paul Booth.
"Mick, Jim, Sid, Corey, Joey, Paul and Chris attended the show and were blown away and Mick [was] quoted [as] saying, ' That was the coolest thing I have ever seen.' And Jim [was] quoted [as] saying, 'This is weird... I'm watching us... They got it down.' So we have received the ultimate compliment and the band gave us their permission to continue. Mick did not threaten to kill any of us, so we must [have] done it right.
"Not only did the members themselves come out but many of the SLIPKNOT crew members attended this show as well and they were very impressed as well."
Mar. 26 - The Elixir - Rockford, IL
Mar. 27 - Canopy Club - Urbana, IL
Apr. 02 - Clearwater Theater - West Dundee, IL
Pictures from DISASTERPIECE's March 6 show at Champs Rock Room in Burbank, Illinois can be viewed at this location.
The 2004 Download Festival is scheduled to take place in Donington, UK on June 5th and 6th, and in Glasgow, Scotland on June 2nd and 3rd.
The latest confirmations come from CRADLE OF FILTH and SLAYER.
The confirmed lineup for the festivals in shaping up to look like this:
June 2nd - Glasgow, Scotland: METALLICA, KORN, SLIPKNOT and H.I.M.
June 3rd - Glasgow, Scotland: LINKIN PARK, LOSTPROPHETS, IGGY & THE STOOGES, THE DISTILLERS and MACHINE HEAD.
June 5th - Donington, UK - Main Stage: LINKIN PARK, SUM 41, IGGY & THE STOOGES, THE HIVES, THE DISTILLERS, CRADLE OF FILTH and MONSTER MAGNET. Game On Stage: ELECTRIC SIX, SOIL, AKERCOCKE, DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and MILLION DEAD.
June 6th - Donington, UK - Main Stage: METALLICA, KORN, SLIPKNOT, SLAYER, MACHINE HEAD, ILL NINO and GODSMACK. Game On Stage: H.I.M., BOWLING FOR SOUP, TAKING BACK SUNDAY, DAMAGEPLAN, BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION, LIFE OF AGONY and HATEBREED.
For more info visit the official website of the festival
SLIPKNOT/STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor has posted the following message at StoneSourBoard.com:
"On March 11th, 2004, [longtime girlfriend/fiancée] Scarlett and I became Mr. & Mrs. Corey Taylor in a small ceremony @ the Botanical center in Des Moines, Iowa. The wedding was small, attended by family, both bands and a few friends. The reception was held @ the house, with karaoke carrying on well until 4AM (we tried to get [SLIPKNOT guitarist] Mick [Thomson] to sing 'Safety Dance', but he threatened to kill us all).
"Just wanted to post a little something about it and say the wait is over, we did it, now we can fight like a normal couple — happily ever after in holy matrimony."
Corey and Scarlett have an 18-month old son named Griffin Parker Taylor.
Holland's FaceCulture recently spoke to SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray and percussionist Chris Fehn in the Jolly Carlton Hotel in Amsterdam for almost half an hour each. The first audio clips from their respective interviews can now be heard online at this location.
As reported here yesterday, SLIPKNOT have set "Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses" as the title of their long-awaited follow-up to 2001's "Iowa", due on May 25 through Roadrunner Records. The first track released will be "Pulse of the Maggots", which will be made available for download on the group's web site on March 30. A performance video for the album's first "official" single, "Duality", will be shot later this month in the group's hometown of Des Moines, Iowa, with Mark Klasfeld and Tony of Vem and Tony.
SLIPKNOT have set "Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses" as the title of their long-awaited follow-up to 2001's "Iowa", due on May 25 through Roadrunner Records. The first track released will be "Pulse of the Maggots", which will be made available for download on the group's web site on March 30.
"It's got the feel of MINISTRY crossed with SLAYER," SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison told MTV.com. "It's heavier than fuck and it's really cool. Also, it's the first introduction to the shredder old-school guitar solos of Mick [Thompson] and Jim [Root]. Mick and Jim are two of the best guitar players I've ever heard, and I think it's cool that we never really showcased their talent at playing technical metal solos. But when you hear them play back-and-forth solos on that track, it's so insane that it kind of makes you laugh."
According to Jordison, SLIPKNOT chose the name "Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses" because it emphasizes the album's underlying theme of bonding and unification.
"I don't necessarily look at it as a negative or evil title," Jordison told MTV.com. "I just think there are so many internal thoughts and so much intensity within the lyrics that there are a lot of different meanings that can be pulled out of it. A lot of feelings went into the making of this record, and after digesting the whole thing you can really see that we're dealing a lot with getting back together and learning how to be a band again."
The album's first "official" single, "Duality", is being described as "the most experimental" single the band have ever released. "It's got one of the heaviest grooves we ever came up with," Jordison told MTV.com. "It's a dark song, but the chorus is very liberal as far as tones and things that we've never done before, and the things we've done with [singer] Corey [Taylor]'s voice are really wild."
A brand-new SLIPKNOT song, titled "Pulse of the Maggots", will be made available for download at the group's official web site beginning on March 30. This date will also mark the release of an interactive section on the web site, made whole by nine individual parts that are going to be unveiled one by one during the next few months, five before the official album release and the remaining four after May 25. The fans will be granted access to new and original stuff by SLIPKNOT, starting with skins, images of the studio recording of the album, and pictures from the shows on the Jägermeister Music Tour tour with FEAR FACTORY and CHIMAIRA. Later on, two new songs will be added to the web site: the final version of "Don't Get Close" and "Duality". By the time the record hits the shops, the web site will contain material that can only be accessed though the original CD. Fans who purchase the new CD will be able to enter exclusive areas and will be able to listen to a song NOT included on the album. They will also be given the opportunity to win various prizes, including nine signed jumpsuits used by SLIPKNOT at their live shows. In addition, owners of the new CD will be able to access nine chat rooms (one for each member of the band) where the group will communicate with the fans.
As previously reported, SLIPKNOT will release the track "Duality" as the first single from their as-yet-untitled new CD, due out on May 25 through Roadrunner Records. The song will impact radio stations on May 4.