Slipknot Postpone Asian Tour & Knotfest Japan Due To Coronavirus

Slipknot have postponed their upcoming Asian dates due to the coronavirus. This includes Knotfest Japan and the band’s shows in Singapore, Jakarta, and Manila.

Slipknot commented:

“In light of global health concerns, Slipknot have decided to postpone their upcoming Asian tour, including Knotfest Japan. While decisions like this are not easy, the safety and well-being of the band’s fans always comes first. Furthermore in this case, the bands and artists, crew and local employees are also equally effected, and as such, this was the only responsible decision that could be made. Slipknot and Knotfest will both return to Asia very soon, and at such time that everyone can be ensured of the best possible experience possible.”

Knotfest Japan organizers added:

“As a result of the current situation in connection with the coronravirus mandates in Japan and after thorough discussions with KNOTFEST organizers & Slipknot concerning the safety of the fans, artists, staff and everyone involved, we regretfully announce the postponement of KNOTFEST JAPAN 2020 originally scheduled for March 20th 2020 and March 21st 2020 at Makuhari Messe.

We are working with Slipknot and their management team on the new dates and will provide updates and announcements on the KNOTFEST JAPAN website and socials as details are confirmed.

For customers who wish to keep their tickets, please store your purchased tickets in a safe place as they will be valid for the rescheduled dates. For customers who wish to receive a refund, please hold on to your tickets until we announced full details of the refund process.

Slipknot, their management and our entire staff sincerely apologize for any inconveniences this has caused customers who have been looking forward to the festival.”

Slipknot’s Maida Vale Set “Slipknot Unmasked: All Out Life” Will Air On TV Next Week

Slipknot’s January 26 live set at Maida Vale Studios in London, England will be airing on BBC Four on March 13 at 11pm GMT. The show, which is called “Slipknot Unmasked: All Out Life,” includes the performance as well as an interview.

Slipknot Recruit Anthrax, Behemoth, DevilDriver, Etc. For “Knotfest At Sea” Cruise

The initial lineup has been revealed for Slipknot’s “Knotfest At Sea” cruise. That event will take place aboard the Norwegian Jade, which will sail from Barcelona, Spain to Naples, Italy on August 10-14. The cruise will feature two headlining sets from Slipknot as well as performances from: Anthrax, Behemoth, DevilDriver, Sevendust, Skindred, Ho99o9, Higher Power, and Sleep Token. On top of that, the cruise will also include a live Q&A with members of Slipknot, a Sid DJ/MC set, a Corey Taylor solo set, a Slipknot Whiskey Tasting & Discussion with Clown (limited capacity), a signing with Mick Thomson (limited capacity), a drum workshop with Jay Weinberg, a bass clinic with VMan, and 20 years of Slipknot memorabilia showcased throughout the ship. More info can be found HERE.

Slipknot’s “Tortilla Man” Has A Scar On His Face From Slamming His Head Into The Drums Onstage

Slipknot’s “Tortilla Man,” who is believed to be Michael Pfaff, is a maniac onstage and now he even has a scar on his forehead due to his stage antics. Frontman Corey Taylor says the percussionist received the mark after hitting his head on Jay Weinberg‘s drum kit and cutting it open.

Taylor told Rock Antenne the following:

“You have to be careful of the new guy – new guy gets crazy. like, the new guy almost got docked some money because he almost broke Jay [Weinberg]’s drums the other night. Like, he’s the fly in the ointment, he’s the pube in the coke. I was, like, every time I turn around, he’s doing something weird, so I started chasing him just to make sure I’m keeping track of his habits and shit.

And yeah, honestly, that energy is dope; it’s really, really good. He’s so into it and that it reminds me to be into it. After this many years, you can get out there and just be, like, you know, the audience is obviously gonna invigorate you, but then you can find yourself kind of going through, I don’t want to say ‘going through the motions,’ but it’s almost, like, automatic – like muscle memory. And then this guy comes out of nowhere, he’s hanging on people… I was, like, ‘Oh, yeah, that’s fucking Slipknot, dude!’ And it gets really weird.

He’s fucking his face up, which I think is funny. He’s got a giant scar right in the middle of his forehead now because he smashed his head into the drums and cut it open. He was bleeding during the show, so he had to pull the mask off during the show and they’re bandaging him up. He looked like he’s just been to war, and now he’s got a scar in the middle of his forehead – looks like a coin slot. [Laughs]”

[via Ultimate Guitar]