Slipknot have announced a European tour for summer 2023. The Iowan nine-piece will take critically acclaimed (but, for fans, surprisingly divisive) new album The End, So Far on the road for nine dates across June that'll take in stops in Austria, Czechia, Switzlerand, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Denmark, Belgium and, finally, two dates in Germany.
Interestingly, there is certainly scope for Slipknot to fit in a headline set at the UK's Download Festival during the tour, given that Download runs from June 8-11 and Slipknot currently have June 9 and June 11 free. Frontman Corey Taylor recently confirmed that he cannot confirm nor deny that Slipknot are headlining Download this year. Take from that what you will.
Either way, Slipknot's currently confirmed European dates for 2023 are as follows:
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Slipknot European tour dates 2023
June 7 Nickelsdorf, Austria – Nova Rock
June 8 Hradec, Czechia – Rock For People
June 10 Interlaken, Switzerland – Greenfield
June 13 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome
June 14 Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg – Rockhal
June 16 Copenhagen, Denmark – Copenhell Festival
June 17 Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting
June 20 Hamburg, Germany – Barclays Arena
June 21 Berlin, Germany – Mercedes Benz Arena
Slipknot's Corey Taylor recently spoke to Metal Hammer about The End, So Far and its more experimental nature.
“I’ve been telling people that this is the natural companion piece to Vol. 3 [: (The Subliminal Verses)],” explained Corey. “Because on [2004’s] Vol. 3 we were really starting to come into our own, as far as being confident in our writing and being able to risk not just going full bore, running at you with all the intensity, but being able to expand what we do. Because of what was going on with the band internally, we forgot that we were a band who could go and do that. We touched on it, but we never got back to that concerted, ‘Let’s really push the boundaries of what a band like this can do.’ It felt good to kind of get back to this world building.”
The End, So Far is out now via Roadrunner.