STORY WRITTEN BY MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER/For 21st Century Media
The masked collective Slipknot have endured the tragedy of losing founding bassist Paul Gray in 2010 to an overdose and returned this October with the well-received .5: The Gray Chapter, their fifth album and second to debut at number one on the charts. Now, the band is back on the road and wrapping up the final dates on U.S. leg of the “Prepare for Hell” tour before heading over to Europe for much of 2015.
The tour, which hits The Santander Arena in Reading on Tuesday and The Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden the following night will see the band joined by special guests Korn and openers KING 810. The shows have already received acclaim on the heels of Slipknots solid new singles song “The Devil In I” as well as “The Negative One” which are sitting well next to previous hits like “Wait and Bleed” and “Vermilion.”
“We’ve been waiting a long time for this,” said Slipknot singer Corey Taylor in a statement about the tour. “Not only do we get to tour with friends who we respect, we’ve also chosen a band that represents the fury of the future. Slipknot is coming to your town. And hell’s coming with us.”
It’s been six long years since the last proper Slipknot LP, All Hope is Gone, and in the wake of Gray’s death, it looked for some time like it might be the end of the collective. Instead, they pushed forward and made the comeback on quite possibly the largest scale imaginable; with their own three-day metal and heavy music destination festival at San Bernardino, California’s San Manuel Amphitheater & Campgrounds.
Knotfest debuted in 2012 in a two-day format, but this year’s featured a staggering 60 bands – including Danzig, Five Finger Death Punch, Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, Black Label Society and many others – performing on five stages over the three-day period. Add in an additional 20 attractions including a Slipknot Museum, carnival rides, a zip line across the festival grounds, drum circles, pillars of fire, freaks, fire-breathers and stilt-walkers and it’s pretty clear that for one of the more innovative metal bands out there, Slipknot is most certainly back and doing it full throttle.
IF YOU GO
What: Slipknot in concert. Korn and King 810 open
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2 and Wednesday, Dec. 3
Where: The Santander Arena, 700 Penn Street, Reading, PA
The Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd, Camden, NJ
Tickets: $29.50 – $65. Info.: visit www.ticketmaster.com