Evanescence’s Will Hunt Issues Statement About His Drums Being Set On Fire During “Knotfest Mexico” Riot

As previously reported, Slipknot and Evanescence were forced to cancel their performances at “Knotfest Meets Forcefest” in Mexico City due to a broken stage barricade. This angered a number of fans, who responded by storming the stage and destroying gear belonging to the bands. Evanescence’s Will Hunt, whose drum kit was set on fire during the riot, has since commented on the situation, saying it was caused by “a small group of morons.”

Hunt said the following:

“So, a lot of questions about this. First and foremost everyone is ok. We love Mexico and as a whole the fans are incredible. The riot that happened was a small group of morons and they WILL NOT change my love for the Mexican people or our fans in Mexico. As for the rest of it, here are my (somewhat comical) take aways.

1st- Do you even riot bruh?! I mean, hell, if you’re gonna do it, REALLY do it!! Burn the whole fuckin’ thing down!!! What you pack of pu@$ies did was weak and stupid- JUST LIKE YOU.

2nd. If you’re gonna torch my beautiful @pearl_drums kit that meant the world to me (second video), at least cook some meat or marshmallows over the fire!! Fuckin’ weak ass pu@$y AMATEURS!! Again- weak and stupid JUST LIKE YOU.

And 3rd- to the kind worker trying to clean up the mess- before you cart off my still smoldering kit (third video and because it used to rock so hard it’s still on fire!!) you should probably make sure the embers are out because IT CAUGHT BACK ON FIRE SMOKEY!!! So there ya go……… Moral of the story is don’t half ass anything…… least of which, your fucking riot, which again was WEAK AND STUPID JUST LIKE YOU FUCKING MORONS….”

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So, a lot of questions about this. First and foremost everyone is ok. We love Mexico and as a whole the fans are incredible. The riot that happened was a small group of morons and they WILL NOT change my love for the Mexican people or our fans in Mexico. As for the rest of it, here are my (somewhat comical) take aways. 1st- Do you even riot bruh?! I mean, hell, if you’re gonna do it, REALLY do it!! Burn the whole fuckin’ thing down!!! What you pack of pu@$ies did was weak and stupid- JUST LIKE YOU. 2nd. If you’re gonna torch my beautiful @pearl_drums kit that meant the world to me (second video), at least cook some meat or marshmallows over the fire!! Fuckin’ weak ass pu@$y AMATEURS!! Again- weak and stupid JUST LIKE YOU. And 3rd- to the kind worker trying to clean up the mess- before you cart off my still smoldering kit (third video and because it used to rock so hard it’s still on fire!!) you should probably make sure the embers are out because IT CAUGHT BACK ON FIRE SMOKEY!!! So there ya go……… Moral of the story is don’t half ass anything…… least of which, your fucking riot, which again was WEAK AND STUPID JUST LIKE YOU FUCKING MORONS….

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Slipknot & Evanescence Forced To Cancel Performances At Knotfest Meets Forcefest Due To Broken Barricade

Slipknot and Evanescence were forced to cancel their performances at Knotfest Meets Forcefest in Mexico City last night (November 30) due to a broken stage barricade. The barricade got destroyed during Behemoth’s set and was unable to be fixed in time for the closing acts.

Slipknot said the following:

“Because of a broken barricade and failed attempts to fix it, Slipknot were forced to cancel our performance last night. Safety — especially the safety of our fans and fellow bands — is priority number one. We apologize profusely and hope you all understand. If anything were to happen to any of you, we wouldn’t forgive ourselves. Also, if we could have fixed the barricade correctly, we would have gone on stage. Again, we hope you all understand and we will try to make it up to you as soon as we can.”

Evanescence’s Amy Lee also commented in a video message:

“Mexico City, we are so, so disappointed that we didn’t get our chance to play for you tonight at Knotfest. The last couple of bands didn’t get to play because of a safety issue with the barricades and it wasn’t something that could be fixed. We are so sorry. We love you so much. We were waiting there, just like you, hoping that we would get our chance, but it didn’t work out tonight. I don’t know how, but somehow we are going to make it up to you. We love you so much. We’ll see you next time.”

Fans reacted angrily to the cancellation and ended up storming the stage and destroying gear belonging to the bands. You can find footage of that below:

Slipknot said the following about the destruction:

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, Slipknot were not able to perform at last night’s Knotfest.

Security barricades became an issue, and it was decided that for the safety of the fans, neither Slipknot or special guests Evanescence could take the stage.

We had hoped to be able to perform today, but regrettably, a situation arose onstage after the cancellation that damaged or destroyed gear that would have been necessary to play.

We are extremely disappointed that we did not get the chance to perform, but the safety of our fans and our community is our biggest priority. We will look to get back to Mexico sometime in the future.”

Evanescence added:

“Even though we are devastated by the destruction of our instruments and gear, we do not see the violent end to last night as a representation of our Mexican fans, or the Mexican people. 50,000 people were there, and sadly a handful of them turned to anger and violence after the cancellation. You have shown us an incredible amount of love from the very beginning, and we will always come back for you.”

Godsmack, W.A.S.P., Bullet For My Valentine, Etc. Added To Knotfest Meets Forcefest

More bands have been added to Knotfest Meets Forcefest. The event will take place at Parque Deportivo Oceanía in Mexico City on November 30 – December 1 and the updated daily lineups can be found below:

Knotfest (November 30):

Slipknot
Godsmack
Evanescence
Bullet For My Valentine
311
Papa Roach
Behemoth
Carcass
Stratovarius
Nothing More
Suicidal Tendencies
Of Mice & Men
Cherry Bombs
Chelsea Grin
Belphegor
The Bronx
Cemican
Okalacas
Tanus
Here Comes The Kraken
Carajo
Clandestino
The Suffering
Stone Leek
Matherya
Never Again
Headcrusher
Arcadia Libre
Las Poker
Proyect46
Parazit
Kaizan
Hate Bullets
Gore And Carnage
Torcido Monkey Dream
Dethdealers
AFX
Rejexion
Hankside

Forcefest (December 1):

Rob Zombie
W.A.S.P.
In Flames
Accept
Saxon
Ghostemane
Testament
La Castaneda
Exodus
Total Chaos
Cherry Bombs
Mortuary
La Lupita
Especimen
Transmetal
Kenny y Los Electricos
Strike Master
Thell Barrio
Acidez
Jet Jaguar
Koyi K Utho
Perpetual Warfare
Colectivo Suicida
Obesity
Kilkrops
The Legion Of Hetheria
Latino
Next
Makina
Tamadre
Deathmask
Rebel Ryder
Tulkas
Beneath The Horror
Nexus
Bluejays
Prophets For Minerva
Point Decster

Evanescence, Accept, Behemoth, Etc. Added To Knotfest Meets Forcefest

More bands have been added to Knotfest Meets Forcefest. The event will take place at Parque Deportivo Oceanía in Mexico City on November 30 – December 1 and the updated daily lineups can be found below:

November 30 (Knotfest): Slipknot, Evanescence, Behemoth, Carcass, Suicidal Tendencies, Chelsea Grin, Tanus, Jet Jaguar, Latino, and Rejexion.

December 1 (Forcefest): Rob Zombie, Accept, Saxon, Testament, Exodus, Strike Master, Next, Tamadr3, Cicuta , Feed The Vulture, and Rebel Ryder.

Slipknot Announce Dates For Knotfest Meets Forcefest & Knotfest Colombia

Slipknot have announced the dates for two Knofest events. This year Knotfest Mexico will be teaming up with Forcefest for a two-day festival called Knotfest Meets Forcefest. That event will be held at Parque Deportivo Oceanía in Mexico City on November 30 – December 1 with Slipknot set to headline the first day and Rob Zombie set to headline the second day. Knotfest Colombia will also return this year and it will take place in Bogota, Colombia on December 6.

Matt Halpern To Miss Periphery’s Knotfest Mexico Performance

Drummer Matt Halpern will be missing Periphery’s Knotfest Mexico performance in Toluca, Mexico. During his absence, JP Bouvet (Childish Japes, etc.) will fill in.

Halpern commented:

“Peripherals – Matt here… Unfortunately one of my immediate family members is in the hospital and I am unable to join the band in Mexico for Knotfest this weekend. On the bright side the rest of the band will be there and my very good friend (and incredible Drummer) JP Bouvet will be filling in on the drums – he’s gonna crush it.

For those of you attending the Convergence tour in the US and Canada, I want to assure you that I will be there and I’m beyond excited for the tour. Thank you to my band, the band’s business team, and most importantly all of you guys for your support and understanding. See ya soon!”

Dino Cazares Breaks Fibula, Asesino Cancel Knotfest Mexico Appearance

Asesino have cancelled their Knotfest Mexico appearance due to guitarist Dino Cazares (also of Fear Factory) breaking his fibula. The band said the following [translated from Spanish]:

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, Asesino will not be able to play this year at Knotfest in Mexico. Asesino’s guitarist has a fractured right leg for an accident. We apologize and promise that we will make it up to you. Viva Mexico Cabrones!”