Slipknot to play Iowa in full at this year’s Knotfest


Slipknot will perform their 2001 album Iowa in full at Knotfest next month.

Earlier this week, the band’s frontman Corey Taylor hinted that he and Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan had been “conspiring to do something insane” to mark the anniversary of one of their records – but stopped short of saying which one it would be.

Now Slipknot have confirmed that it’ll be Iowa, which Metal Hammer recently voted the best album of the 21st century.

The band say: “Fifteen years ago, something quite extraordinary happened. Nine men from Iowa went in to a studio in California and created one of the most chaotic and destructive albums ever made. It was, and still is, a shockingly physical and ferocious recording.

“To this day, it has never been performed in its entirety. That is about to change. On September 25, 2016, at Knotfest in San Bernardino, 30,000 people will experience an event that has never been done before.

“It will be a dense and serious spectacle, both visually and sonically. But you’ll be able to say you were there. Will You Be There?”

The follow-up to their self-titled 1999 debut was a major success around the world, and spawned the singles The Heretic Anthem, released as Heretic Song, Left Behind and My Plague.

In July, Taylor exclusively told Metal Hammer that he deliberately cut himself in the studio when recording Iowa’s sprawling 15-minute title track.

Slipknot will wrap up their US tour with Marilyn Manson and Of Mice & Men tonight (August 27) at Austin’s 360 Amphitheatre, Texas. They’ll then play the San Bernardino show before trips to Mexico and Japan later in the year.

Slipknot remaining 2016 tour dates

Aug 27: Austin 360 Amphitheater, TX
Sep 25: San Manuel Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, CA
Oct 15-16: Toluca Knotfest, Mexico
Nov 05: Tokyo Knotfest, Japan

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