My Chemical Romance, Slipknot, Tool, Guns N’ Roses, Etc. Received Pandemic Assistance Loans

Earlier this year, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Treasury launched the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to give loans to businesses to help them pay their employees amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to a new report, $660 billion was given out to 600,000 companies including ones owned by Slipknot, Green Day, Tool, My Chemical Romance, Guns N’ Roses, Disturbed, Eagles, Nickelback, Papa Roach, Pearl Jam, Weezer, Cheap Trick, and more. One of the aforementioned artists, My Chemical Romance, told Rolling Stone the following about their decision to take a PPP loan:

“Like most tours that were happening this year, My Chemical Romance’s world tour was cancelled. MCR received PPP money to ensure their crew is funded in these times of uncertainty until we are able to be out on the road again. We are so grateful to these skilled, dedicated people – some of them are parents, others caretakers, still others who simply have rent to pay – and this money helps them take care of themselves and their families.”

Corey Taylor Reveals His Favorite Slipknot Song

During a recent chat with Knotfest.com, Corey Taylor crowned “Scissors” as his favorite Slipknot song. He said the following about that:

“My favorite by far is ‘Scissors.’ To this day it’s my favorite Slipknot song. I love it because every time we would play it, the whole second half was improvised. We played at each other, free form, free prose, everything. It was violent and gorgeous. Nothing will ever replace it for me; when we stopped playing it live, I had a hard time enjoying our sets for a very long time.”

Joey Jordison Reflects On The 21st Anniversary Of Slipknot’s Self-Titled Album

Former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison recently reflected on the band’s self-titled album in honor of its 21st anniversary. He said the following:

“It’s almost hard to believe how these years have flown by like blast beats. That album was & will always be some of the absolute best memories of my life. There’s nothing out there quite like it, and what it did for all of us & the Metal world. It made all of our dreams come true, and the overall reaction from the fans almost collapsed venues & stadiums worldwide. We didn’t expect it, but it absolutely exploded! We were so determined, hungry, and ready to take on the world and we did. We feared no one, and it showed when we took the stage. It was just ‘that’ time. Total mystery it was. Thank you to Monte Conner, Dave Rath, and all at Roadrunner Records… Sophia John, Ross ‘“The King” Robinson & Chuck Johnson. To the fans, you guys made this happen for all of us, and I dedicate this anniversary to YOU!!! Metal Forever. Thank you eternally!Joey Jordison no.1. 🤘🏼”

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It’s almost hard to believe how these years have flown by like blast beats. That album was & will always be some of the absolute best memories of my life. There’s nothing out there quite like it, and what it did for all of us & the Metal world. It made all of our dreams come true, and the overall reaction from the fans almost collapsed venues & stadiums worldwide. We didn’t expect it, but it absolutely exploded! We were so determined, hungry, and ready to take on the world and we did. We feared no one, and it showed when we took the stage. It was just ‘that’ time. Total mystery it was. Thank you to Monte Conner, Dave Rath, and all at Roadrunner Records… Sophia John, Ross ‘“The King” Robinson & Chuck Johnson. To the fans, you guys made this happen for all of us, and I dedicate this anniversary to YOU!!! Metal Forever. Thank you eternally!Joey Jordison no.1. 🤘🏼

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Corey Taylor Responds To Craigslist Ad From Slipknot Tribute Band Seeking Vocalist

A Slipknot tribute band called Of The (SiC) are currently looking for a new vocalist and they recently posted a Craigslist ad that includes requirements such as having “the same or near same physical shape as Corey Taylor” and “the same vocal range.” The humorous ad has since caught the attention of Taylor, who actually responded to it.

The ad said the following:

“We are an established Slipknot tribute band, dubbed the most accurate Slipknot tribute in the world. We focus on their 1999-2001 album and touring cycle, and plan on moving through the other eras.

We are in need of someone in the same or near same physical shape as Corey Taylor, 5’8. That has the same vocal range, stage experience is a must! Be able to command a crowd and act the part.

(You would need to buy multiple jumpsuits, etc. a mask will be provided for now for accuracy sake.)

Please be dedicated, if you decide to be a part of this band, we need you to give it your all for as long as the band exists.

Thank you for reading this far, please contact us if you feel that you fit the part.

Of The (SiC)”

Taylor then responded with the below tweet:

[via Rock Feed]

Slipknot’s “Welcome To Our Neighborhood” To Be Streamed On Knotfest.com Tomorrow

Slipknot will be celebrating the 21st anniversary of their self-titled debut album by streaming their film “Welcome To Our Neighborhood” on Knotfest.com. You can watch that tomorrow (June 26) starting at 2 p.m. PST/5 p.m. EST. With this news, the group have also released some throwback merch on slipknotmerch.com.

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Working On New Coffee Table Book Composed Of Insane Quotes From His Bandmate M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan

Slipknot’s M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan has had an interesting way of saying things over the years and it appears his bandmate Corey Taylor has actually been documenting his ramblings. In fact, during a recent interview with Knotfest.com‘s “Mosh Talk With Beez,” Taylor even said that he is working on a coffee table book featuring a number of insane quotes from Crahan.

Taylor said the following while discussing Crahan’s “Electric Theater” podcast:

“Far being from me to cast aspersions for talking too much… [Laughs] But it’s going to be interesting to see if he can let somebody get a word in edge-wise because he and I compete sometimes to see who can talk the most. [Laughs] But the great thing about Clown, and people who know him will back me up on this is his – god, how do I phrase it – his liberal use of changing phrases that we’ve all used for years, and basically bending them to his will.

“I’ve been keeping a list of things that he has said over the years, his style with the English language is something to be admired and the world is really going to get a taste of unfiltered Clown, which is great, I love it – because it just means people are gonna understand when I put the book out, it’s gonna be amazing. He already knows that I’m doing a book, it’s gonna be a coffee table book, and it’s called ‘These Words Mean Nothing,’ and that’s his title, by the way, that’s the name of the book right now, that’s what it’s gonna be. I’ve been keeping a list for over 20 years now, and it is quite a long of just the crazy stuff that he has said over the years, like the way he will change a saying, and it feels like he messed it up, but he’ll repeat it, and be like, ‘Well, this is actually what I meant.’ And I’m like, ‘Ah, you’re so full of it.’ His mind is so creative that it’s gonna be great to hear him talk.”

[via MetalSucks]

Corey Taylor Says Slipknot Are Planning To Rebook Their Cancelled Shows Next Year

As previously reported, Slipknot have cancelled their spring/summer dates due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, Corey Taylor has since confirmed that the band are planning to rebook all their shows, including unannounced dates, next year.

Taylor said the following during a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation”:

“We had two shed tours [booked] — we hadn’t even announced the second leg of it, which was gonna be later in the fall. So right now, we’ve basically moved everything until next year. Everything is just basically being picked up and moved — same time next year. Because to us, we’re not canceling — we’re just postponing. Once everything settles down and everybody is able to catch their breath and everything, and everybody feels good, and hopefully there’s been some progress made as far as a vaccine or whatnot, once the tentative fear goes away, everyone’s gonna be barking to go to shows. And that’s when we’re gonna be ready to go again. So, yeah, we just basically moved everything to next year.”

He also added:

“We’re definitely gonna finish up the tour cycle. ‘Cause right up until the point where we ended up having to pull the dates, everybody was still, like, ‘Are you still coming?’ Even though everything was kind of locked down, everybody was still really excited for us to come. If it didn’t make any sense, we weren’t gonna do it. It just made more sense for us to postpone everything to next year and honor the tickets that we already have, that already are out there, and give something for people to look forward to next year.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Slipknot Turn Official Knotfest Website Into A Rock/Metal Hub Featuring News And Exclusive Content

Slipknot have announced that Knotfest.com has been converted into a new rock/metal hub. The website will now feature a variety of things including “news, exclusive interviews, performances, merchandise and more.”

The following was said in a press release:

“Slipknot and the team behind their Knotfest brand have today revealed that Knotfest.com has been re-imagined to create a global multi-media hub for news, exclusive interviews, performances, merchandise and more dedicated to covering the very best of art, music, culture and media for fans of heavy culture.

To celebrate the launch in explosive fashion and marking what would have been the kick-off weekend of the highly anticipated Knotfest Roadshow US tour, Knotfest.com will be hosting an exclusive Knotfest Roadshow streaming event this Friday, May 29th at 3pm PDT.

This special online event will be hosted by Beez and feature exclusive concert streams and interviews with Slipknot, Underoath and Code Orange. In addition, a limited Slipknot Knotfest Roadshow merch drop will be available here for 72 hours only (starting Friday morning), featuring the tour merch collection that would have been sold this summer, while strictly limited Knotfest merch is available now here.

Slipknot will be streaming their 2019 headline set from Graspop Festival in Belgium, filmed shortly before the band’s chart topping album, We Are Not Your Kind was released. It will preview with an exclusive interview with Clown conducted by Ryan J Downey.

Underoath will be streaming their performance from The Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas from 2016 where they performed their seminal album, They’re Only Chasing Safety in full and will feature a portion of Ryan J. Downey‘s Deep Dive interview with Underoath frontman, Spencer Chamberlain conducted by Ryan J Downey.

Code Orange will be streaming their ‘Last Ones Left: In Fear of the End’ performance that originally aired on Twitch back in March to launch their critically acclaimed album, Underneath and will feature a portion of Clown’s Electric Theater chat with frontman Jami Morgan.

The newly re-imagined Knotfest.com will be a fan-centered platform, created by artists for their fans. Dedicated to expanding the rock and metal genres and providing a one-stop destination showcasing the very best the culture has to offer from emerging bands you need to hear, right through to the biggest and most established artists.

Knotfest.com will capture all facets of the culture across visual, audio and written media. Bringing fans an elevated, unfiltered media experience directly from their favorite artists through exclusive think-pieces, curated playlists, playthroughs and more.

The highlight of this artist created content will be the brand new audio interview series, The Electric Theater hosted by Clown – a weekly, laid back conversation featuring discourse with the world’s most interesting people. The first episode is live now and features Jami Morgan of Code Orange, check it out here.

Building on the success of the weekly concert streaming series (which has already reached 18 million fans so far), Knotfest.com will be launching several exclusive web-series from top content creators from within the genre. These include

Mosh Talks hosted by Beez
A weekly hard rock chat show with guest interviews spotlighting artist news, tours, new album exclusives and more. Beez is widely regarded as the foremost multi-media rock and metal journalist of his generation. Originally from the UK, he has worked for prestigious magazine titles such as Kerrang!, Metal Hammer and Rock Sound, programmed and presented original content on hard rock TV station, Scuzz TV (including the hugely popular Scuzz Meets interview series), hosted the world famous Download Festival and in 2015, launched the critically acclaimed rock and metal podcast, That’s Not Metal.

Mosh Talks will air every Tuesday. Watch the first episode featuring Matt Heafy, Halestorm, Ice Nine Kills, Loathe and Irist here.

The Deep Dive hosted by Ryan J Downey
Longtime journalist Ryan J Downey presents the Deep Dive, featuring in-depth conversations focused on unique aspects of careers, culture, and collectibles. Downey has worked as writer, editor, correspondent, and producer for MTV News, Marvel, Billboard, and the Hollywood Reporter, among other outlets. He is the host of the MI Conversation Series and founder of the PopCurse podcast network, as well as a longtime artist manager in the rock, metal, and punk genres.

The Deep Dive will air every Thursday. The series kicks off this week with Spencer Chamberlain from Underoath.

The Downbeat With Craig Reynolds
The popular podcast hosted by Craig Reynolds, drummer of Stray From The Path, now has a new home. The show features long-form interview hangs with a variety of Craig’s fellow musicians and friends.

You can catch the first Knotfest episode of The Downbeat with Alessandro “VMan” Venturella here.

Knotfest.com launches today with articles and interviews from August Burns Red, Body Count, Black Dahlia Murder and more with essential albums and playlists curated by Jesse Leach of Killswitch Engage and Mark Holcomb of Periphery. Knotfest.com has also launched 5 new original playlists to showcase the very best from the extensively diverse world of rock and metal –

Tribe Leaders – The biggest tracks from the biggest bands right now.
New Flesh – Keeping you up to speed with the best new releases.
All Out Workout – Your ultimate workout companion.
Heavy Quarantine – A soundtrack for these unprecedented times featuring tracks from your favorite artists
Pulse of the Maggots – Showcasing the best emerging talent and where you’ll find your new favorite band.

With plenty more exciting additions still to be unveiled, Knotfest.com looks forward to awakening your senses through this amazing culture we’ve all built together.”

Slipknot Go Behind The Scenes Of “Unsainted” Video

Slipknot have shared a behind the scenes look at the making of their “Unsainted“ music video. The clip, which was released in May 2019, was directed by the band’s own M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan. The track is from the band’s latest album “We Are Not Your Kind.“

Slipknot Officially Cancel Spring/Summer Dates

Slipknot have officially cancelled their spring/summer dates due to the coronavirus pandemic. The band issued the following statement:

“Unfortunately Slipknot’s summer 2020 touring, including the North American Knotfest Roadshow, Knotfest UK and Knotfest at Sea, will not be happening. The band looks forward to performing for its fans again, and will do so when everyone’s safety can be assured. All ticket holders will be emailed directly with refund options, Knotfest At Sea purchasers will be contacted with postponement information.”