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Monday, June 4, 2012

SLIPKNOT Confirm The Launch Of "Knotfest"; Bill To Feature LAMB OF GOD, DETHKLOK, DEFTONES, CANNIBAL CORPSE & More!

As previously reported by Ticketmaster.com, SLIPKNOT will be headlining the inaugural installment of their own festival, "Knotfest", on Friday, August 17 at Mid America Motorplex in Pacific Junction, Iowa and on August 18th in Somerset, on the border of Wisconsin and Minnesota. The shows will find Slipknot joined by the Deftones, Lamb of God, Deathlok, Serj Tankian, the Urge, Cannibal Corpse and more. Here is what SLIPKNOT's percussionist and visionary Shawn Crahan had to say about the bands NEW musical venture:

"It's all about having fun and bringing something to the world of Rock N' Roll, bringing it to the standard it used to be," Slipknot's Shawn "Clown" Crahan told Rolling Stone. "It's time for us to really engulf this idea known as Knotfest where we're in control, we make a day devoted to our mindset, our ideas, the people that we want to play with, the people that we think our fans want to be around."

"When everyone leaves their senses [will be] overloaded, and I'm talking about smells, sights, hearing, your body, everything is overloaded with stimulation, because that's what Slipknot does," Crahan says.

Among the activities the festival is offering as part of its "dark carnival experience" are circus big-top tents, pillars of fire, amusement park rides, burlesque performers, firebreathers, stilt walkers, drum circles made of junkyard cars and graffiti walls. Additionally, the two shows will also debut a SLIPKNOT museum.

Knotfest is something the band has always wanted to do, according to Crahan. And the time is right. "Now, after 15 years, things feel right, things feel complete, things feel like we can accomplish anything. And I love challenges," he says.

"When the tragedy of our life happened (the death of Paul Gray), instead of going away we decided, 'No, that's not the right thing to do. Let's go out, let's share the way we feel with the people that feel like we feel,'" Crahan says. "So last summer we embarked on a tour, then we went to South America and opened up for Metallica in Rock In Rio. We just got back from Australia, and now we're gonna embark on another fantastic one-of-a-kind tour (Mayhem Fest), ending this thought process that's been consumed by these feelings about a great loss."

After closing this chapter, the band will move on. "We're going to take our personal time to do what it is we feel we need to do to get ready for the new record that's gonna come out sooner than anybody knows," says Crahan.

Expect Knotfest to be an ongoing tradition, even if Slipknot isn't always on the bill. "It's something that we want to be in control of so much that it can exist without us,"  Crahan says.
Scheduled performers for Knotfest:


Tickets go on sale on Friday, June 8 at 10:00 a.m. CDT.

SLIPKNOT will be making their return to the United States and will be headlining the 2012 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival! Here is the complete list of tour dates:

6/30 – San Bernardino, CA
7/1 – San Francisco, CA
7/3 – Seattle, WA
7/6 – Phoenix, AZ
7/7 – Albuquerque, NM
7/8 – Denver, CO
7/10 – Dallas, TX
7/11 – Houston, TX
7/13 – Tampa, FL
7/14 – Atlanta, GA
7/15 – Indianapolis, IN
7/18 – Oklahoma City, OK
7/20 – St. Louis, MO
7/21 – Chicago, IL
7/22 – Detroit, MI
7/24 – Cincinnati, OH
7/25 – Cleveland, OH
7/27 – Philadelphia, PA
7/28 – Pittsburgh, PA
7/29 – Washington, DC
7/31 – Saratoga, NY
8/1 – Buffalo, NY
8/3 – Boston, MA
8/4 – Scranton, PA
8/5 – Hartford, CT

Related links:
Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival

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