SLIPKNOT GET KNOTTED!

Nu metals schlocksters get cold-shouldered by major UK record retail chain over riot fears...

Slipknot have been banned from signing sessions at HMV stores in the UK because the music retail giant fears marauding fans will riot.

HMV has blamed the nine-piece masked metal outfit’s huge upsurge in popularity on the decision.

A spokesperson for HMV told nme.com: “We turned them down because their popularity has risen tremendously. Our concern is that so many fans are going to turn up – there would in excess of 1000 people.”

“We are concerned about everybody’s safety – the safety of our staff and the safety of our customers.”

Virgin Megastores have now taken on the risk of staging the instores which will now call at Glasgow Virgin Megastore Buchanan Street at 12 noon (February 28), Manchester Market Street at 12 noon (29), Birmingham Corporation Street at 12 noon (March 1), Portsmouth Commercial Road at 12 noon (3) and London Oxford Street at 1pm (5).

The band’s debut UK single, ‘Wait & Bleed’ will be released on February 28 through Roadrunner to coincide with their forthcoming tour which will call at Nottingham Rock City (February 26), Glasgow Barrowlands (28), Manchester Academy (29), Wolverhampton Civic Hall (March 1), Portsmouth Guildhall (3), Bristol Anson Rooms (4) and London Brixton Academy (5).

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