The Iowa-heavy-metal unit were set to play five shows in Asia later this month, two of which were Knotfest Japan.
Slipknot have now followed suit with a number of musicians canceling upcoming shows in Asia. The decisions aren’t just for the safety of the bands, but also for the attendees.
In a statement on social media on March 4, Slipknot announced their cancelations.
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 experience possible.
— Slipknot (@slipknot) March 5, 2020
Knotfest Japan also released their own statement regarding the mor technical side of the event.
— KnotfestJapan (@knotfestjapan) March 5, 2020
The five canceled dates are below.
03/20 – Tokyo, JP @ Knotfest Japan
03/21 – Tokyo, JP @ Knotfest, Japan
03/24 – Singapore @ Singapore Rockfest
03/27 – Jakarta, ID @ Hammersonic Festival
03/29 – Manila, PH @ Amoranto Stadium
In better news, Slipknot have an all new documentary and live performance airing on BBC Four on March 13. The new film is titled Slipknot Unmasked: All Out Life and features interviews in addition to their legendary performance at the Maida Vale in London.
The brief trailer cuts between vocalist Corey Taylor and the live performance.
“From the second it starts, you are willing to do whatever it takes to make this the best show that anybody has ever seen,” Taylor says. “We compare it to jumping out of an airplane with or without a parachute, and you don’t know if it’s going to open to not.”
Check out the new trailer and some footage from the Maida Vale gig below.
Slipknot will head stateside starting in May for the Knotfest Roadshow with A Day To Remember, Underoath and Code Orange. After that they have their very special inaugural cruise Knotfest At Sea. The lineup is stacked with incredible bands. Anthrax, Behemoth, Devildriver, Sevendust, Skindred, Ho99o9, Higher Power and Sleep Token will all join them on the ship. Plus, even more bands are yet to be announced.
A full list of their upcoming dates is below.
05/16 – Columbus, OH @ Sonic Temple Festival
05/30 – Syracuse, NY @ St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview*
05/31 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
06/02 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden**
06/04 – Quebec City, QC @ Centre Videotron
06/05 – Montreal, QC @ Centre Bell
06/06 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
06/08 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
06/10 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
06/12 – Memphis, TN @ FedExForum
06/14 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
06/15 – West Palm Beach, FL @ iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
06/17 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
06/18 – Alpharetta, GA @ Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
06/20 – Birmingham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
06/22 – Dallas, TX @ Dos Equis Pavilion
06/23 – Austin, TX @ Germania Insurance Amphitheater
06/25 – The Woodlands, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion**
08/01 – Wacken, DE @ Wacken Open Air
08/10 – Barcelona, SP @ Knotfest At Sea
08/22 – Milton Keynes, UK @ Knotfest UK
* Not featuring A Day To Remember
** Not featuring Code Orange