July 11, 2011 14:19

Sonisphere organiser: 'Paul Gray silence was risky, but the audience made it happen' - video

Stuart Galbraith hails 'remarkable' tribute to late Slipknot bassist

Video: Sonisphere Boss Talks Slipknot

Sonisphere organiser Stuart Galbraith has paid tribute to the crowd at this year’s festival after they honoured late Slipknot bassist Paul Gray with a two-minute silence.

Galbraith was talking to NME in an exclusive video interview – which you can watch by clicking above.

Speaking before headliners Slipknot had honoured Gray, who died in May last year, Galbraith said: "Slipknot was a tricky booking for us, because there was every conceivable chance that the band would never play again live. It was very delicate to go to them and even suggest that they would want to consider something."

He added: "The two minute silence was fitting. It was great that Dan P Carter [host of BBC Radio 1’s Rock Show] led it for us. It was quite remarkable to hear a rock crowd be absolutely silent across the whole site. There were 60,000 people. And not just in front of one stage – every single stage, every single operation within the site ground to a half for two minutes."

He continued: "There was nothing but respect there. It was a risky thing for us to do and we weren’t sure whether we’d be able to achieve it, but the audience made it happen."

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor also thanked the crowd from the stage for observing the two-minute silence, telling them: "I want to thank you all for what you did today. It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts."

He also went on to say: "This tour and this music is dedicated to the life of Paul Dedrick Gray. He is always with this band and he is with us right now."

Slipknot played a set drawn from across their four albums at Sonisphere, including tracks from their 1999 self-titled debut and five tracks from 2001’s ’Iowa’.

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