Slipknot to celebrate new album release at upcoming Iowa State Fair concert
“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. Brian Powers, firstname.lastname@example.org
Des Moines’ famed headbanging nonet, Slipknot, confirmed Monday what it spent last week teasing: A new album drops this summer.
The group plans to release its to-be-titled sixth studio effort Aug. 9, a day before playing an Aug. 10 homecoming show at the Iowa State Fair Grandstand. Limited standing room only and obstructed view tickets remain for sale, a fair representative said.
It’s the first Grandstand show for Slipknot in the band’s two-decade history. Groove metal act Gorjia plays main support.
Additionally, Slipknot confirmed Monday plans for a North American summer tour, coined the Knotfest Roadshow. The tour kicks off July 26 in Mountain View, California and runs through September. Full tour support comes from Volbeat, Gojira and Behemoth.
The impending album follows 2014’s ".5: The Gray Chapter," the band’s first release since the death of bassist Paul Gray. "The Gray Chapter" debuted at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 sales chart and earned Slipknot three Grammy Award nominations.
Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor spoke with the Register earlier this year about the new album and anticipated homecoming.
On playing the fair, he said: “The fact that it’s damn near sold out and we’ve still got six months before it even happens? That, to me, is such the testament of the work we've put in with this band. To the legacy that we’re tried to carry with us and the fact that we’ve carried the Iowa culture with us for this long."
Read the full interview here.
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