Slipknot bring fire and destruction to Download

Corey Taylor tells crowd that playing festival is a dream come true

Slipknot closed the second day of Download tonight with a destructive set that saw the Main Stage become a scene of chaos.

Coming onstage to ‘742617000027’, the distorted vocal loop that opens their self-titled debut album, the nine-member Iowa band launched straight into its next track ‘(Sic)’ amid an explosion of pyrotechnics.

The stage was set up with three sets of drums, one of which revolved in circles, rose up in the air and was fitted with empty beer barrels that members of the band would throw around and smash up.


On fifth song ‘Before I Forget’, a wall of fire shot up behind the band as it reached its chorus. Afterwards frontman Corey Taylor told the crowd that playing Download was his dream since he was 12 years old, and added: “I’ve never been so excited for a show in my life.”

Throughout the show, members of the band, wearing their trademark masks, roamed the stage randomly smashing the set up with baseball bats, throwing barrels around and hanging off the revolving drumkit, which was raised several feet in the air.

Percussionist Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan repeatedly dived into the crowd and ran down the middle aisle separating the two sides of the audience, much to the obvious annoyance of security.

After ‘Dead Memories’, Taylor told the crowd that they were the “plug that keep this band going”.

The most well-received song was ‘Duality’, which saw the crowd sing most of the lyrics back at the band, who were yet again standing before a backdrop of fire.

Upon finisher ‘Spit It Out’, Slipknot went through their usual gig ritual of telling everyone to “get the fuck down” before telling them to “get the fuck up”, upon which cue the majority of the crowd jumped up and started to mosh in their thousands.


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Slipknot played:

‘Wait And Bleed’
‘Get This’
‘Before I Forget’
‘The Blister Exists’
‘Dead Memories’
‘Left Behind’
‘Everything Ends’
‘People = Shit’
‘Spit It Out’

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