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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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
System of a Down
The Hidden Cameras
Ana International Penetrator
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.
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.
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...