Slipknot have announced their first show of 2019, after promising fans a new album and a world tour next year.
The newly announced show will see the band perform at the 2019 Iowa State Fair in their hometown of Des Moines. It marks the first time Slipknot has ever performed at the fair.
“I’m gonna drive from my house directly to the stage just like I do when I come to the fair,” Slipnkot percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan told the Des Moines Register. “It makes no sense why we haven’t played here.”
“This long into (Slipknot)? It’s fabulous,” he continued. He described how he would watch shows at the fair from behind the Grandstand fence marquee during the 1970s and ’80s, where acts like Iron Maiden and Metallica performed. “I was too young for some of ’em, a little scared to come by myself,” he said. “So I’d come down and act like I was doing things on the outside, but really just downloading the information.”
“It’s not only work and commerce; there’s a lot of spirituality here for me, it’s gonna be a really good time to play the fair and walk out and enjoy the fair,” he added.
The group will play on August 10, 2019 – a Saturday night. Tickets go on sale November 2.
Meanwhile, Slipknot have teamed up with an Iowa-based company for ‘The Slaughterhouse’, a haunted house experience based on the band.
Opening for the run-up to Halloween, creative director Ian Miller has shared a video tour of the attraction, which features a screaming corpse cut in two, creepy medical jars and ‘missing’ posters for the band’s members.
Explaining how the nu-metal titans inspired the attraction, Miller says: “Work wasn’t easy but it was easy to get to the work. It mapped really quickly, we barely had to think about it. A lot of our scenes, they already cater to the lyrics and the presence and the energy that Slipknot embody. “