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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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Slipknot Interviewed At Revolver Golden God

Metal Injection had a moment to interview 1/3 of Slipknot at the Revolver Golden God Awards: Sid Wilson, Shawn Crahan and Corey Taylor. Slipknot talked about the band's upcoming appearance on Mayhem Fest, Sid's upcoming solo record, and the future of the band beyond Mayhem Fest.

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The Devil's Carnival Musician Appearances Revealed

Do you want to meet the stars and minds behind the new musical movie sensation, The Devil's Carnival, face-to-face? Now is your chance! The Devil's Carnival team recently confirmed the list of cast and crew appearing on each date of this exclusive road tour and are now revealing this list to the world.

The creators of the film, director Darren Lynn Bousman and Terrance Zdunich, are scheduled to appear at each tour stop and will be joined at several exclusive showings by numerous stars of the film. The stars will participate in meet & greets, Q&A forums, sing-a-longs, and more. See below for a list of the cast and crew currently confirmed to appear on the tour and stay tuned for more appearance confirmations for the remainder of the tour coming soon.

ANAHEIM, CA
M. Shawn "Clown" Crahan of Slipknot
Marc Senter

SAN DIEGO, CA
M. Shawn "Clown" Crahan
Bill Moseley

EL PASO, TX
Hannah Minx

HOUSTON, TX
Hannah Minx

AUSTIN, TX
Hannah Minx

DALLAS, TX
Hannah Minx

NASHVILLE, TN
J LaRose More...

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Slipknot's Clown Discusses Band's Future

Metal Injection was at South By Southwest, covering all the metal happenings and one of the most talked about events was a Q&A session with Slipknot's Clown, aka M. Shawn Crahan. Metal Injection had a few minutes to speak with Crahan, who discussed his new photography book, The Apocalyptic Nightmare Journey, out June 19th. Metal Injection also asked Crahan to elaborate on the future of Slipknot, and the recent difference in opinion between members of the band as to if new material is being written or not. Crahan did his best to explain the situation stating:

I can clear it up easily for you. Everyone in the band is writing all the time. Whether it's a micro-cassette recorder or a memo on your iPhone or Corey writing random things he invents in his head on a piece of paper or Joey saying 'I got nothing to do, I'm gonna go in the studio with all these ideas. I'm going to rent out a studio for a month and a half and I'm going to fucking write.'

I think what people don't understand about what's being said is that we're all dealing with Paul's death differently. Some want to move, some want to take time. But basically, what's being said is of course things are being written. But nothing is done because we're not together yet. And there is no reason to get together to talk about it because there are other things moving, like the grieving process.

Stone Stour is going to go out and do their thing, which they should. They've earned it. It's a good thing. Just me down here at SXSW, I'm the only guy here, doing something. I should be allowed to have this outlet.

Really, what it all comes down to is that, yes, writing is being done seriously every day, but it is going to be a while. It's just going to be. There's things going on. It gets a little perverted in the press, almost like 'he says yes, he says no, we got a problem.' It's more like, yeah, writing is going on but it's going to be a while, and both of them are telling the truth, and I'm here to tell you, we're not going nowhere!
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The Devil's Carnival Tour Routing Revealed

Come one, come all and feast your eyes as we debut the official theatrical poster for The Devil's Carnival below. The Devil's Carnival, which features Shawn "Clown" Crahan of Slipknot, will be hitting the cities and theaters listed below. For more information and to view the official trailer, visit this location.

The Devil's Carnival is an exclusive nationwide road tour featuring special personality meet & greets, a Q&A forum, sing-a-longs, costume contests and more. On screen crowds will get to enjoy never-before-seen Repo! The Genetic Opera behind the scenes footage and bonus features, and most notably, an exclusive viewing of The Devil's Carnival. Keep in mind, The Devil's Carnival can only be seen on this exclusive tour, so you must attend a showing to witness the madness.

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Heavy MTL Fest 2012 Lineup Announced

The organizers of the Heavy MTL festival have now announced the lineup for the 2012 edition, which will take place on August 11th and 12th in Montreal. Further details on the festival are available here, and the currently announced lineup is as follows:

Saturday August 11th

SYSTEM OF A DOWN
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
CANNIBAL CORPSE
BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME
JOB FOR A COWBOY
KATAKLYSM
PERIPHERY
THE FACELESS
VEIL OF MAYA
GOATWHORE
FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE
ROSE FUNERAL
ORIGIN
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Al Jourgenson Not Appearing At SXSW

Ministry has posted the following message online regarding reports that Al Jourgenson would be appearing at SXSW for a panel with Slipknot:

"Dearest Ministry Fans! Someone has erroneously issued a press release to media stating that Al Jourgensen will be attending SXSW and conducting a panel with Clown of Slipknot entitled 'Seeing Red Aesthetics & Visuals of Metal' scheduled for March 15th from 2:45 3:45 pm in Room 11AB at the Austin Convention Center.

"While 13th Planet supports both SXSW and Clown of Slipknot, no one ever contacted Al’s management to invite Al to participate in this panel, and Al WILL NOT BE attending SXSW nor participating in any panel of any kind whatsoever.

"Any notice or announcement of Al Jourgensen’s presence at SXSW or participation in any panel is FALSE." More...

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Motorhead To Play Rockstar Mayhem Festival

The organizers of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival are pleased to announce the addition of Motorhead to the 2012 line-up. This marks the first summer tour that Motorhead has taken part in for several years. The legendary metal veterans join the already stellar 2012 main stage line-up, featuring multi-platinum Iowa cult metal groundbreakers Slipknot in the headlining position, as well as legendary thrash metal kings Slayer—both returning to the festival for a second turn at pummeling fans.

Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister commented, "Well, we're used to mayhem in this band, so it's kind of a family tradition! Bring it!"

Motorhead just finished up a run with Megadeth on the 2012 Gigantour. On January 24th, Motorhead Music/UDR released "The Wörld Is Ours-Vol 1 - Everywhere Further Than Everyplace Else," an official DVD containing some of the finest moments from the band’s recent The Wörld is Yours tour, which also includes a special bonus double live CD of the Chile stop. Frontman Lemmy will also be part of a Ronnie James Dio tribute album which will be out later this year.

This year, in addition to Slipknot, Slayer, and Motorhead, the main stage will also spotlight a ferocious rotation of today’s best artists, including The Devil Wears Prada, As I Lay Dying, and Asking Alexandria. The festival will make a 27 date trek across the U.S. beginning on June 30th at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California. Head here for ticketing information. More...

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Slipknot and Mushroomhead Warming Up To Tour

Talk around rival bands Mushroomhead and Slipknot touring together is heating up. During a Q&A on a recent show of "An Evening with Corey Taylor," Corey was asked about the possibility of doing a tour with Mushroomhead, surprisingly Taylor answered with a "maybe" bringing some boos until he explained:

"My problem has never been with that band, at the time my problem was with his fans. The first time we played Cleveland fans came down, did not say shit and his f...ans down and threw stones against us. They beat Paul in the face with a padlock the size of my fist; This while we were on stage. When we finished playing, we took all our shit and went to the hearing. There were plenty of them, but we were all nine of us, was Machine Head and all our friends for a group called Amen. - Say you just take care of the damn thing right there. "

Corey explained on the proposed tour with Mushroomhead:

"I would welcome. I love to do something well, you know. Especially now. I think it would be nice to ride something together and see that shit happens. Slipknot, Mushroomhead, GWAR and Mudvayne's cursed. Because if one thing I learned is that do not cling to a stupid shit, let it go. "

On the other hand, Mushroomhead has also seen the good side of this, published in their official Facebook message:

"Jeffrey Nothing (vocals) ... Honestly, I think Paul would have wanted this to happen and JJ (John Sekula, guitarist Mushroomhead who died in October 2010) as well. Seriously, let's do this 'thing' becomes a reality, join the group!"

As a sign that the bands' relationship is on the mend, a show has been announced featuring members from both bands and their side projects. Here are the details:

Tuesday, April 17th Peabody's in Cleveland, OH

Featuring:
#0 Sid Wilson from Slipknot DJ Set
Stitch From Mushroomhead DJ Set
Nothing (Jeffrey Nothing's side project; first Show in North America)
Tenafly Viper (Waylon's Side Project)

Fans are showing their support for the bands coming together to tour via a Facebook page dedicated to the cause. Slipknot's manager reportedly contacted the Mushroomhead camp and said if they can get enough likes on the facebook page, the tour would be a go.

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Rockstar Mayhem 2012 Tour Dates Revealed

As I Lay Dying will be spend the summer as part of the fifth annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. The main stage will be the strongest ever with the headlining slot occupied by multi-platinum Iowa legends Slipknot. Next up will be legendary thrash metal kings Slayer and then a major special guest will be playing in the third slot whom will be announced on March 5th. The main stage will also spotlight a ferocious mix of today's best artists in a rotation, including The Devil Wears Prada, As I Lay Dying, and Asking Alexandria.

The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival will make a 26 date trek across the U.S. beginning on June 30th at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California. Pre-sale tickets go on sale Friday the 6th of April, 2012. Tune in to this location for up-to-date ticketing information.

As I Lay Dying will be entering the studio this Spring to record the band's fifth full-length album and follow-up to 2010's "The Powerless Rise," which debuted on the Billboard Top 200 Charts at #10. The band has chosen a producer and will announce more details about the album in the coming weeks. The album's release date is tentatively scheduled for this summer.

The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival dates are as follows: More...

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Initial Rockstar Mayhem Fest 2012 Line-Up Revealed

This Year's Rockstar Mayhem Festival will be headlined by Slipknot who will be supported on the main stage by Slayer and a rotating slot featuring As I Lay Dying, Asking Alexandria and The Devil Wears Prada. The second stage will feature Anthrax, As I lay Dying, Asking Alexandria, The Devil Wears Prada, Whitechapel, High on Fire and the Jagermeister opener. A "Special Guest" for the tour will be announced on March 5th.

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Slipknot Frontman Has Choice Words For Rick Rubin

Corey Taylor, frontman for Slipknot and Stone Sour, recently had quite a few things to say about working with veteran producer Rick Rubin. The quote was taken from his comments to an audience member at a November 18th show in Dallas, Texas. He is referring to working with Rubin on Slipknot's 2004 release "Vol. 3 - (The Subliminal Verses)." To read the full article, go here. More...

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More Bands Confirmed For Soundwave Festival 2012

Although it wasn't expected until December, the organizers of Australia's Soundwave Festival have made their second band announcement. Joining the 60 bands already announced are Staind, Wednesday 13, Unearth, Cathedral, Shadows Fall, Heaven Shall Burn, Your Demise, Kittie, and 14 other (mostly non-metal) bands.

Hole has pulled out of the festival after frontwoman Courtney Love refused to play before Limp Bizkit. Soundwave boss AJ Maddah said on Twitter that he was "relieved we got the moody old cow off the bill. [There’s] no point talking her back, only for her to cancel later, or turn up & act like a rotten twat to other artists, fans, etc."

A third announcement in early December will add another five bands to the lineup, and Danzig is one of the confirmed possibilities. More...

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Soundwave 2012 Lineup Announced

Organizers of the Australian Soundwave Festival have made the first official lineup announcement. Joining the reformed Coal Chamber as previously reported will be headline acts System Of A Down, Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, Marilyn Manson, Machine Head, Lamb Of God and Trivium as well as 53 other bands.

Bands of particular interest to metal fans include Devin Townsend Project, Dillinger Escape Plan, Black Label Society, Mastodon, Steel Panther, Meshuggah, Hatebreed, Biohazard, Dragonforce, Gojira, Kvelertak, Hellyeah, Chimaira, Watain, and Turisas.

A second announcement for the series of one day festivals is reportedly coming in December, with 88 bands expected to be included in the final billing. More...

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Slipknot To Tour The United States

In a recent post on Facebook, Slipknot percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan revealed that the band will be embarking on a headlining tour of the United States of America next year in June, but also stressed that the band is not working on a new album. His posting reads as follows:

"Slipknot will be touring by next June in America only, but that does not mean things will not change and as they do I will along with others tell you our family first.

"No album yet because it is to soon and there are no songs yet because the band needs to come together to write this next one. I can not wait to feel the ideas like choking on color.

"Everything happens for a reason, so be ready."

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Guns N’ Corn

KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are planning to collaborate on a memoir. Is it already assumed the first and last chapters will be “Gene” chapters?...

Alice Cooper has been asked to help design Universal Studios Halloween maze. For a rocker that has always used fright and horror as a back drop it looks like Cooper has been typecast with this project. Three years from now Alice will be receiving calls to go to Iowa and design corn mazes…

The medical mystery man Ozzy Osbourne recently lost his two front bottom teeth (crowns). With a show only days away, Ozzy frantically looked for a dentist to fix his mouth. I realize we are five months away from Christmas, but I already know what Ozzy wants…

A fan with a “professional” style camcorder got a surprise when Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue) went into the crowd to have him removed. Unfortunately from the video you are unable to see if there is in fact a camera or Sixx spotted on of Kat Von D’s new boyfriends. Either way Nikki might consider some additional insurance should he continue to jump into crowds at his age… More...

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Slipknot Footage From Sonisphere Posted Online

New DVD quality live footage from Slipknot's recent Sonisphere Festival appearance has made its way online. You can check out a clip of the band performing its track "Wait and Bleed" during the Knebworth Sonisphere event in the player below.

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Slipknot Frontman To Embark On Book Signing Tour

Slipknot and Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor has announced a series of dates for his upcoming book signing tour. Taylor will be touring in support of his newly released book "Seven Deadly Sins - Settling The Argument Between Born Bad And Damaged Good." You can check out the full list of dates, cities and locations below.

July 12 - Waterstones - Oxford St - London, UK
July 13 - Waterstones - Birmingham, UK
July 13 - HMV Institute - Birmingham, UK
July 15 - Bookends - Ridgewood, NJ
July 16 - Book Review - Huntington, NY
July 18 - Barnes & Noble Tribeca - New York, NY
July 19 - Borders - Chicago, IL
July 20 - Book Soup - West Hollywood, CA
July 29 - Barnes & Nobles - West Des Moines, IA

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Graspop Metal Meeting: Day Three

After the grey and miserable weather the day before, it was nice to awake on the final day of Graspop and be greeted with plenty of sunshine. While that may not have been the most metal sentence I have ever written, the roster of bands on display may well have been the most extreme of the weekend.

Like the previous day, we wasted a little time in the campsite before heading into the main area to catch the second main stage band, in today's case, Canadian heavy metal heroes, Anvil. Of course, everyone knows the story of Anvil by now, and perhaps that's made this set such a special one. From the opening guitar shrieks of "March Of The Crabs/666" there were smiles all around, not least from frontman Steve "Lips" Kudrow. The fact that everyone could see how much fun the band were having made the fans enjoy it all the more, which I'm sure in turn only fueled the smiles on the faces of Anvil. It might seem a strange word to use to describe a performance from a metal band, but Anvil are a really fun live experience. It's impossible to watch them and not headbang or raise the horns. Kudrow's interaction with the crowd is simply great, not least because he doesn't patronise the audience with cliche lines like "Are you ready to party?" I was also impressed by his ability to perform his guitar duties flawlessly, while still singing. Drummer Rob Reiner and bassist Glenn Five also deserve alot of credit, as their skills were on full display today, particularly Reiner's during, "White Rhino." Having only a fairly short set, only three songs from the group's new album, "Juggernaut Of Justice" were performed today, namely the title track, "On Fire" and "New Orleans Voodoo," but they all went down well with the crowd, who did their best to sing along to the latter. Another highlight came during Kudrow's guitar solo, which he did by playing his axe with a vibrator. An unorthodox method, but effective. As one might expect, they closed their set with the anthemic, "Metal On Metal," which went down a treat for all viewing. While they may not be the greatest heavy metal band to ever grace the Earth, they might well be one of the most enjoyable and were a great way to start the day.

It was then over to Marquee 2 for a little crossover thrash from D.R.I. (Dirty Rotten Imbeciles.) There were plenty of old school thrashers in attendance for them, complete with upturned caps and white shoes, and they all seemed to enjoy what they were witnessing. As much as I've always liked the band and crossover in general, I found watching them for as long as I did to be a little much, as most songs follow a similar formula, resulting in the performance getting a little boring after a short while. It seems I was not alone in this opinion, as there were plenty who came in to watch, then left after a couple of songs. D.R.I. are, like Anvil, all about having fun, but they don't possess the same stage presence. Songs like "Snap/I'd Rather Be Sleeping" and "Asleep At The Wheel" are always good to hear, but they felt rather tame today. Perhaps it would be better to catch them in a small club setting, because they weren't able to make it work in the Marquee. More...

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Slipknot Live Footage Available

New fan-filmed concert footage has made its way online featuring American modern metallers Slipknot performing its single "Psychosocial." The footage was captured during the band's June 29th performance in Moscow, Russia. You can check out the footage in the player below.

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Stone Sour Video Interview Posted Online

A new video interview has been posted online featuring Stone Sour/Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor. You can check out the interview in the player below.

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