Manchester United’s David De Gea praises ‘amazing’ Slipknot gig

Spanish goalkeeper, and heavy metal fan, saw band live in Manchester last night

Manchester United footballer David De Gea has praised Slipknot, describing the band’s gig in Manchester last night as “amazing”.

The goalkeeper was at the Manchester Arena as Slipknot and Korn’s Prepare For Hell tour arrived in the north west. He posted the following image on Twitter.

De Gea is on record as being a big fan of metal music, telling the official Manchester United website in 2013 that his favourite band are Avenged Sevenfold and that he tries to play their music in the dressing room before games. “I’ve always liked them and I was really pleased to see them get a Number One album over here,” the Spanish international said.

“Given the music I like I’m not sure they would get added [to the playlist]!” he added. “I’d definitely have something from Avenged Sevenfold on there, and also Slipknot and some Spanish music as well. It wouldn’t necessarily have to be Spanish heavy metal, but a Spanish artist so people could learn a bit more about Spanish music.”

Slipknot, who released new album ‘.5: The Gray Chapter’ in 2014 and will headline Download Festival in 2015, are half-way through their UK dates. The Prepare For Hell tour began in Sheffield on January 16 with dates in Liverpool, London, Cardiff, Nottingham and Birmingham still to come.

Slipknot and Korn will play:

Liverpool Echo Arena (22)
London Wembley SSE Arena (23)
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (24)
Nottingham Capital FM Arena (26)
Birmingham Barclaycard Arena (27)

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