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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 To Headline Download 2013

The organisers of Britain's Download festival have announced that Iowa based act Slipknot has been confirmed as the headlining act for the first day of next year's edition of the festival.

"We are extremely honoured to have been asked once again to headline the Download Festival," said Slipknot’s Clown. "It’s always good to have the church of the Knot, the alter of the Knot, giving the sermon of the Knot to the congregation of the Knot, the culture of the Knot.

"This summer cannot come soon enough. Partake in the imagination or don't bitch."

This follows the news that British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden will be headlining over the weekend, along with German industrial metal veterans, Rammstein. The festival will take place at Donington Park from June 14th - 16th. More details will be revealed as soon as they become available.

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Paul Gray's Physician Charged With Manslaughter

The Des Moines Register has reported that Daniel Baldi was charged with several counts of involuntary manslaughter for the crime of allegedly over-prescribing painkillers to patients who subsequently passed away after overdosing.

Among the deaths that lead to the charges was that of Slipknot's Paul Gray, who died in 2010. Slipknot has now issued the following statement about the development:

"As the loss of our brother Paul Gray is still very fresh for us in the Slipknot family, this new development has us all in a state of anger and sadness. The fact that this person took advantage of our brother’s illness while he was in a position to help others has outraged everyone in our family.

"We can only hope that justice will be served so this can NEVER happen to anyone else ever again! Our thoughts go out to the families of the other victims. We plan to cooperate as much as we possibly can to ensure this tragedy is never repeated, and to make sure this man pays for what he has done."

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Slipknot Guitarist Pulls Out Of Rockstar Tour

American heavy metal outfit Slipknot has announced that guitarist Jim Root will not be participating in the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem tour due to health issues for an unknown length of time. This follows Root missing the bands show in San Bernardino, California. A statement from the band reads as follows:

"Jim has been seriously sick for the past two weeks and went to the hospital last week where he was advised that his appendix burst a couple weeks before and that it could have been life-threatening. Jim is at home recovering and is awaiting surgery to have pieces of his appendix removed and hopes to join the tour as soon as he is able. Slipknot will continue to headline the Mayhem festival and all other shows. We refuse to let our fans down and will not miss a single date. We will miss Jim greatly and our thoughts are with him. Jim sends his love to each and every one of our fans."

The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem tour will continue until August 5th and also features such bands as Slayer, Motorhead, Anthrax and As I Lay Dying.

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Slipknot Reveals "Antennas To Hell" Details

After posting several teaser videos online, Slipknot has now officially revealed the full details for the upcoming best-of album "Antennas to Hell." The album is due for release on July 24th, 2012 and Slipknot has issued the following press release:

"The time is right for a 'best of' collection from the band, as it captures the first chapter of Slipknot—a chapter where they’ve gone from unknown to the one of the biggest rock bands in the world, all on their own terms.

"This summer's Mayhem and Knotfest outings celebrate the band and the life of late bassist Paul Gray, and will serve as 'the end of the beginning' for Slipknot—this summer's performances will be the fans' last chance to see them as they are now. Of course the band will continue, but just as inevitable with Slipknot is the fact that the band will evolve, and the future is unwritten. Antennas to Hell serves as a companion to that celebration.

"The two-disc version of Antennas to Hell includes a bonus live CD that captures the band's 2009 performance at the legendary Download Festival in the UK. The live disc showcases the band playing a set of career-spanning classics in front of 80,000 rabid fans. The journey from '(sic)'—track 1 on their self-titled debut—to 'Snuff,' the haunting No. 1 rock track from 2008's All Hope is Gone, proves that. The album features fan favorites, live classics and well-known radio hits.

"Furthering the immersion in the band’s culture, this summer will see the release of the band's first-ever mobile application, Wear the Mask. Part mask builder, part social connector for fans, and 100% Slipknot in its look and execution, the app brings the Slipknot mindset into previously uncharted territory—the mobile devices of fans worldwide. Wear the Mask will be released simultaneously with Antennas to Hell."

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Slipknot Posts New "Antennas To Hell" Clip

Slipknot has continued to post new videos related to a project titled "Antennas to Hell," which hasn't yet been fully revealed. Check out the new clip below, or find some of the previous videos at this location. Slipknot had previously stated "Antennas to Hell" would be revealed on July 17th, but has now updated the video information with the short tag "Slipknot | Antennas To Hell | Coming 07.24.12."

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Prong To Play First Annual "Knotfest"

Prong has been selected as one of the bands to play on this year's inaugural "Knotfest" hosted by Slipknot. The two date festival will take place August 17th in Pacific Junction, IA and August 18th in Somerset, WI. More information on "Knotfest" can be found here.

Frontman Tommy Victor commented on being selected to play on the first Knotfest:

"Prong is unbelievably honored and flattered to be a part of the first ever 'Knotfest!' We want to thank our friends in Slipknot and the organizers for giving us the opportunity to be on this bill with all these incredible bands. All the festivities included are going to make this very special for everyone involved. It's amazing!"

Prong will also be on the road supporting new album "Carved Into Stone" this July with a string of shows with the legendary Maryland Rockers Clutch. This run kicks off July 11th in Fayetteville, AR and runs through July 22nd in Richmond, VA. A complete list of dates can be found below. Prong's video for "Revenge...Best Served Cold" can be viewed at this location. More...

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Slipknot Posts "Antennas To Hell" Videos

Slipknot has posted a series of clips online relating to "Antennas to Hell," which is due out July 17th, 2012. The band has yet to officially announce the exact nature of the videos but watch this space for further details.

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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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