Tour Update: Slipknot

Slipknot are gearing up to kickoff the North American leg of their Knotfest Roadshow Tour this Friday (July 26), AND release a brand new album, We Are Not Your Kind, their first in five years! They recently concluded their trek around Europe where they carried a 17-song setlist on average, and performed their lead single off the new album "Unsainted" at each show.
The band recently released another new single, "Solway Firth" which we hope they will live debut during their North American leg! Ahead of their touring schedule, we sat with percussionist Clown (Shawn Crahan) and listened to him dish about touring with Metallica, preparing for the ultimate metal show, and more!
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On the flow of a tracklist vs a setlist:
"Right now we’ve got the best problem we could ever have. We’ve got six albums for 90 minutes, and it’s awesome. Songs are not getting played. And that’s great because the ones that are are awesome. So we’re finally at a place in our career where it’s like, ‘hey, we’ve got enough of what we love to play live, it’s really whatever we wanna do.’
"A setlist, compared to live energy and human beings that need the now, is much different than a human being trapped in its own thought process in a car, needing that music more than anything because of what life is handing that individual. So what goes into doing that is pure insanity. And actually, I thought we were gonna have a full on war with this one. I think a lot of people may have gotten out of the suggestions, and just let those who are absolutely crazy on the track listing. If everybody stays open about the art, everybody will get a little bit but it’s a compromise because nobody can get their one way because no one’s able to see it. I have my opinion about how I think it needs to go, I was really happy when someone threw a wrench in it, because I can enjoy it, because they changed a couple of my orders, and I changed a couple of theirs. And then someone else came in, like the producer, and he had his two cents. But by the end of it, we all gave a little bit, but we all gave enough that we’re like, ‘it’s not only me. Now I can really enjoy this.’ When you’re just like this, for four years, you know, does it. even matter? When you finally get it in sequence, you listen to it in that order, then you go through those emotions and those feelings, and only you can make yourself feel, it’s chemical. So, you know, if you are feeling, you know that you’ve got the right sequence. Very different than live though. You have to see where the world is to make a setlist. Everybody’s a little out of control, we better get some barn burners (we call our heavy ones barn burners). So we’re like, ‘we better burn all the barns.’ And so, greatly different."
Catch Slipknot in North America this summer, tour dates are below!
July 26 — Mountain View, Calif. – Shoreline Amphitheatre July 27 — San Bernardino, Calif. – San Manuel Amphitheater Aug. 1 – Salt Lake City, Utah – USANA Amphitheatre Aug. 3 – Albuquerque, N.M. – Isleta Amphitheater Aug. 4 – Phoenix, Ariz.– Ak-Chin Pavilion Aug. 6 – Denver, Colo. – Pepsi Center Aug. 8 – Lincoln, Neb. – Pinnacle Bank Arena Aug. 10 – Des Moines, Iowa – Iowa State Fairgrounds Aug. 11 – Tinley Park, Ill. – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Aug. 12 – Clarkston, Mich. – DTE Energy Music Theatre Aug. 14 – Virginia Beach, Va. – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater Aug. 16 – Noblesville, Ind. – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center Aug. 17 – Bonner Springs, Kan. – Providence Medical Center Amphitheater Aug. 18 – St. Louis, Mo. – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Aug. 20 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage Aug. 21 – Saratoga Springs, N.Y. – Saratoga Performing Arts Center Aug. 23 – Burgettstown, Pa. – KeyBank Pavilion Aug. 24 – Scranton, Pa. – The Pavilion at Montage Mountain Aug. 25 – Darien Center, N.Y. – Darien Lake Amphitheater Aug. 27 – Mansfield, Mass. – The Xfinity Center Aug. 28 – Wantagh, N.Y. – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater Aug. 30 – Holmdel, N.J. – PNC Bank Arts Center Aug. 31 – Camden, N.J. – BB&T Pavilion Sept. 1 – Bristow, Va. – Jiffy Lube Live Sept. 3 – Alpharetta, Ga. – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre Sept. 4 – Tampa, Fla. – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre Sept. 6 – Austin, Texas – Austin360 Amphitheater at Circuit of The Americas Sept. 7 – Dallas, Texas– Dos Equis Pavilion Sept. 8 – The Woodlands, Texas – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
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Last updated: 24 Aug 2019, 00:31 Etc/UTC