Metal behemoths Slipknot are back on the road with fury in 2015! After releasing the massively-anticipated “.5: The Gray Chapter” in 2014, the band is off to the road to promote the album, brining some of the guitar-heavy domain’s top artists along for the ride.
After wrapping up the late-2014 trek with Korn, the band continues to rock Europe with King 810, only to fly to Australia in late February and stir things up under the Soundwave Festival banner.
US tour leg with Hatebreed will follow up, along with another summer stretch in Europe that will give the band a chance to perform on such prestigious festivals as Germany‘s Rock Im Park and Rock Am Ring, UK‘s Download Festival, Hellfest in France and many more.
But the top treat is left for the very end – another US tour stretch, only this time around with Lamb of God, Bullet for My Valentine and Motionless in White. A true punch pack for the metal fans, don’t miss it if you’re in the area!
Slipknot Cheap/Discounted Tickets 2015
Slipknot Tour Schedule 2015
#Apr 25, Time TBA, Jacksonville (FL), Jacksonville Metro Park#
#Apr 25, 11:00AM, Fort Myers (FL), JetBlue Park#
#Apr 26, 12:00PM, Jacksonville (FL), Jacksonville Metro Park#
#Apr 29, 8:00PM, Pensacola (FL), Pensacola Bay Center#
#Apr 30, 8:00PM, New Orleans (LA), Bold Sphere Music#
#May 02, Time TBA, Concord (NC), Rock City Campgrounds#
#May 02, 8:00PM, Birmingham (AL), Oak Mountain Amphitheatre#
#May 03, 11:00AM, Concord (NC), Rock City Campgrounds#
#May 05, 8:00PM, Knoxville (TN), Knoxville Civic Coliseum#
#May 08, 7:30PM, Bloomington (IL), Us Cellular Coliseum#
#May 09, 11:00AM, Somerset (WI), Somerset Amphitheater#
#May 10, 8:00PM, Cedar Rapids (IA), US Cellular Center#
#May 12, 8:00PM, Erie (PA), Erie Insurance Arena#
#May 13, 8:00PM, Scranton (PA), Toyota Pavilion At Montage Mountain#
#May 15, Time TBA, Columbus (OH), Columbus Crew Stadium#
#May 16, 8:00PM, Grand Rapids (MI), Van Andel Arena#
#Jun 05, 12:00PM, Nurnberg (Germany), Zeppelinfeld#
#Jul 24, 6:00PM, West Palm Beach (FL), Coral Sky Amphitheatre#
#Jul 25, 6:00PM, Tampa (FL), MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre#
#Jul 26, 6:15PM, Atlanta (GA), Aarons Amphitheatre#
#Jul 28, 6:00PM, Clarkston (MI), DTE Energy Music Theatre#
#Jul 29, 6:00PM, Darien Center (NY), Darien Lake Performing Arts Center#
#Jul 31, 6:00PM, Saratoga Springs (NY), Saratoga Performing Arts Center#
#Aug 01, 6:00PM, Wantagh (NY), Nikon at Jones Beach Theater#
#Aug 02, 6:00PM, Hartford, (CT), Xfinity Theatre#
#Aug 04, 6:15PM, Mansfield, (MA), Xfinity Theatre#
#Aug 05, 6:00PM, Holmdel, (NJ), PNC Bank Arts Center#
#Aug 06, 6:00PM, Burgettstown, (PA), First Niagara Pavilion#
#Aug 08, 6:00PM, Toronto (Canada), Molson Canadian Amphitheatre#
#Aug 11, 6:15PM, Bristow (VA), Jiffy Lube Live#
#Aug 12, 6:00PM, Virginia Beach (VA), Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach#
#Aug 14, 6:00PM, Noblesville (IN), Klipsch Music Center#
#Aug 15, 6:15PM, Tinley Park (IL), First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre#
#Aug 16, 6:15PM, Maryland Heights (MO), Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre#
#Aug 19, 6:15PM, Morrison (CO), Red Rocks Amphitheatre#
#Aug 21, 6:15PM, Salt Lake City (UT), Usana Amphitheatre#
#Aug 24, 6:15PM, Vancouver (Canada), Rogers Arena#
#Aug 26, 6:15PM, Concord (CA), Concord Pavilion#
#Aug 29, 6:15PM, Phoenix (AZ), Ak-Chin Pavilion#
#Aug 30, 6:15PM, Albuquerque (NM), Isleta Amphitheater#
#Sep 02, 6:00PM, Austin (TX), Austin360 Amphitheater#
#Sep 04, 6:30PM, Spring (TX), The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion#
#Sep 05, 6:00PM, Dallas (TX), Gexa Energy Pavilion#
The journey of one of today’s most popular acts in metal began in 1995 in Iowa. Slipknot was founded in 1995 when percussionist Shawn Crahan and bassist Paul Gray forged an unbreakable pact in their desire to reach for the metal stars.
The early years were riddled with lineup changes, but the lineup became stable with the addition of the following members – Corey Taylor on vocals, Mick Thomson on guitar, Jim Root on guitar, Craig Jones on keyboard, Sid Wilson behind the turntable, Chris Fehn on percussion, and Joey Jordison behind the drum kit.
Each band member had his own number, as well as a signature mask to wear. Although just an image thing, the masks became a crucial aspect of the band’s overall vibe.
What also made the band instantly recognizable was the fact that they were a nine-piece, as well as the unique sonic blend and the fury with which they delivered their material.
In 1999, the time seemed perfect for change, and change is what Slipknot delivered. Their self-titled album brought them a massive fanbase, and even somewhat of a superstar status, mostly thanks to such singles as “Wait and Bleed” and “Spit It Out.” Despite a humble US charts debut at No. 51, the record ultimately became the band’s top-selling effort with over 2 million units shipped in the States alone.
In 2001, the bar was raised with “Iowa.” A new set of masks and a new set of singles, most notably “Left Behind” and “My Plague,” raised the bar quite a bit, and before anyone knew it, Slipknot were in the Top 3 on the US albums chart and touring across the world to perform in front of sold-out arenas.
But sudden success has a way of taking a toll on musicians, resulting in internal turmoil among the band members. In mid-2002, Slipknot already announced their first hiatus. Taylor and Root went to reactivate their early band Stone Sour, while Jordison forged Murderdolls.
In 2003, the group was back on track and on their way to studio with iconic producer Rick Rubin. The resulting effort, “Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses),” was unveiled in May 2004, peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and spawning such hit numbers as “Duality” and the Grammy-winning “Before I Forget.”
The band once again went on a brief hiatus, but things seemed to be holding on well for a while. In 2008, following the second hiatus return, the group reeled in their very first No. 1 album in the US with “All Hope Is Gone.” Multi-million sale figures were there once again in the game, and so were the worldwide tours.
Another hiatus occurred in 2009. It seemed as if though breaks after album cycles are simply how Slipknot works by now, but this time around, things were about to take a turn for the worse.
On May 24, 2010, bassist Paul Gray was found dead in a hotel room in Iowa. The circumstances surrounding his death were shady, although it was ultimately ruled that the musician died of an accidental overdose on morphine and fentanyl.
Although the band wanted to keep going in Paul’s honor, it took them quite some time to get back on track. Things seemed to be heating up in 2013 until a sudden announcement was dropped – due to internal issues, Joey Jordison was no longer a member of the ‘Knot fold after 18 years.
Anonymous musicians were hired on bass and drums, and the band finally presented “.5: The Gray Chapter” in October 2014. An instant chart-topper, the album seems to have gotten the band back on track, at least for now. The fury is still out there, but so might be the turmoil. The metal train is still rolling full speed ahead, catch it while you can.