Over 2,000 disappointed Slipknot fans were turned away from GLASGOW’s VIRGIN MEGASTORE this afternoon (February 14) after a massive crowd turned out in the hope of meeting their heroes.
The doors were locked at noon after 1,000 devotees were already packed inside the store. The locked out crowd was well behaved, though police units were called to help instore security staff turn away the disappointed throng. Several groups of fans could be heard politely chanting “We want in.”
As revealed earlier today on NME.COM, some fans had camped out overnight in freezing conditions to be at the front of the queue to meet the Des Moines on this, the first day of their UK tour. The nine-piece were not performing today, merely taking part in a signing session for fans.
Of the huge number of fans locked out, Joey Jordison from the band (Kobaki mask) told NME.COM: “I guess you can’t please everybody all the time. We always used to stay till everyone was done, but now we can’t really do that anymore. It’s sad for everyone who couldn’t get in.”
Amongst the more unusual things they were asked to autograph were a large glass jar full of maggots, mutilated Barbie dolls and several little plastic goats.
Staff at the Virgin store were also asked to have plenty of straws on hand so the band could drink colas without having to remove their masks.
Such is the unprecedented interest from fans that Bath Street behind the Megastore has been closed off to keep people away from Slipknot‘s tourbus. At least half-a-dozen mounted policemen were still patrolling at 4.30pm (GMT), almost an hour after the signing was completed, and barricades have been erected.
Slipknot tonight play a sold-out show at Glasgow’s SECC, the first date on their brief UK tour.