Slipknot is playing the Iowa State Fair Grandstand next summer
“This place is my life,” Slipknot co-founder and percussionist Shawn Crahan, or Clown as he is known on stage, said as he announced that the band will be playing at the fair for the first time next summer. The Des Moines Register
Iowa's oldest summer tradition is on a collision course with the state's most provocative music export.
For the first time in the band's two-decade history, Slipknot plans to invade the Iowa State Fair Grandstand. The Des Moines-born group plays Aug. 10, 2019, a Saturday night.
"I'm gonna drive from my house directly to the stage just like I do when I come to the fair," Slipknot co-founder and percussionist M. Shawn Crahan told the Register. "It makes no sense why we haven't played here."
"This long into (Slipknot)? It's fabulous."
Tickets to see the night of paralyzing masked metal go on sale Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. via iowastatefair.org, costing $43, $53 or $60 before fees and fair admission. An opening act is yet to be announced.
It's the first confirmed 2019 show for the Grammy Award-winning nonet and first in Iowa since a Wells Fargo Arena appearance in August 2016. The band's latest record, ".5: The Gray Chapter," debuted at No. 1 in 2014 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart.
It's not a bucket list show for Crahan, per se — Slipknot's played arenas, amphitheaters and festivals around the world — but it's one that gives a nod to his musical upbringing.
He recalled watching from behind the Grandstand fence marquee Iowa Jam shows from the 1970s and '80s, where acts like Iron Maiden and Metallica ripped sets.
"I was too young for some of 'em, a little scared to come by myself," he said. "So I'd come down and act like I was doing things on the outside, but really just downloading the information."
Plus, hitting the Midway isn't a terrible way to end a night of work.
"It's not only work and commerce; there's a lot of spirituality here for me," he said. "It's gonna be a really good time to play the fair and walk out and enjoy the fair."
The Grandstand announcement comes the same week that Slipknot members will attend meet-and-greet events with fans, self-described as "maggots," at the Slaughterhouse in Des Moines. The local haunted attraction features Slipknot music, imagery and iconology from the band's five full-length albums.
Does the announcement indicate an upcoming album and tour for Iowa's nine? Crahan didn't rule it out.
"You know, we have a rule in Slipknot: Off is off and on is on," he said. "If I'm announcing a show (that) pretty much means that ... yeah. I don't wanna talk too much about it because this is the very first time that I feel that we've got a leg up."
He added: "It seems like everything is really meant to be right now. We're way ahead. And I think everybody is going to be very, very pleasantly surprised, starting this month."
The Iowa State Fair runs Aug. 8-18, 2019. Find more information at iowastatefair.org.
2019 Iowa State Fair Grandstand lineup (so far)
Aug. 8: For King & Country
Aug. 10: Slipknot
Aug. 14: Gabriel Iglesias