Artist: Slipknot Venue: Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater (Wantaugh, NY) Opener: Behemoth, Gojira and Volbeat Date: 8/28/2019 Label: Roadrunner Records
The mega-concert event known as “The Knotfest Roadshow” was rumbling through cities of these United States and laying waste to anything that stood in its way. One could not expect anything less from a touring package that brought together bands like Behemoth, Gojira and Volbeat who lead off the day before a crushing/thrilling/energetic set by the one and only Slipknot. The weather report was on the grim side which made the long haul out to Wantaugh in Long Island a bit of a bother as the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater venue is an outdoor space but once sufficiently prepped and packed for the adventure I girded myself properly for a sure to be fun time. The show started early, and I mean 5:30 early which was the slot held by Behemoth and there was no way that I was missing them so here is how their set and the rest of the event took place.
Behemoth: Now according to my concert playbook, I have caught Behemoth a few times over the last couple of years and I didn’t mind this at all since I absolutely love what they do on the stage. It was going to be interesting to see the Metal Blade artist in the daylight this afternoon and with their hitting the stage at this early a time if you were stuck in that Long Island traffic you were not going to catch them at all since they were only going to give us about a thirty minute set. After a brief audio playback, the incendiary might that is Behemoth were on the stage and sporting the masks one would see during a full headlining set. Though this was to be a brief performance the band was on fire and quite literally as jets of flame shot from the rear of stage while singer Nergal also brought some out and offered up some homage to the Dark Gods at one point. To say that they crushed would be an understatement and since this was really early the venue was not yet full so far too many people missed a really overpowering set. I cannot wait to catch this band when they headline or co-headline with another superpower in the future. Gojira was coming up next.
The rumblings about something big being announced by Slipknot today were being shared across the Interwebs late yesterday and now the message is clear and the news and dates are here! Behold – The Slipknot “Knotfest Roadshow” – Coming to event spaces near you this summer. Read on down below about the whole enchilada.
The Press Release:
SLIPKNOT have announced their live return, unveiling details of their massive Knotfest Roadshow headline tour set to traverse across North America this summer. Volbeat, Gojira, and Behemoth will join as special guests on all dates. Produced by Live Nation, the 29-city outing will kick off July 26th in Mountain View, CA at Shoreline Amphitheater and continue through September 8th where it will conclude with a performance at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, TX (see itinerary below).
SLIPKNOT have also revealed that they will release their long awaited new studio album on August 9th. Each pair of tickets purchased online for Slipknot’s 2019 tour comes with a digital copy of their upcoming new album, scheduled for release August 9, 2019. Further instructions will be available upon purchase with additional album details to be revealed in the coming weeks. For more information visit the website at the close. Continue reading Slipknot Announces The “Knotfest Roadshow” For 2019→
Last night, the Loudwire Awards for 2017 were held in the sunny (and apparently sweltering) Hollywood, CA. We didn’t attend of course but made sure to make some notes for the Metal heads over on this side of the fence. For those interested in the outcome, here are the winners of the various awards that were handed out.
Best Drummer: Mario Duplantier of Gojira
Best New Artist: Greta Van Fleet
Most Dedicated Fans: Babymetal
Breakthrough Band Of The Year: Beartooth
Hard Rock Artist Of The Year: Stone Sour
Metal Song Of The Year: Executioner’s Tax” by Powertrip
Metal Artist Of The Year: Avenged Sevenfold
Metal Album Of The Year: “The Stage” by Avenged Sevenfold
Hard Rock Song Of The Year: “Come And Get It” by I Prevail
Hard Rock Album Of The Year: “Hydrograd” by Stone Sour
Vocalist Of The Year: Chester Bennington (RIP) of Linkin Park
Best Bassist: Steve Harris of Iron Maiden
Best Guitarist: Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society, Solo
Best Live Band: Iron Maiden
Humanitarian Award: Sammy Hagar
Lemmy Award: Rob Halford, The Metal God of Judas Priest
Courage Award: Tony Iommi, The Riff God of Black Sabbath
If you are interested in seeing who these winners beat out in the competition just click over to my rundown of the nominees on THIS LINK.
PiercingMetal Thoughts: So what do you think about the outcome? Were you surprised by any of it or are you outraged at some of the choices? Remember this is what the fans rallied behind, I don’t really think there is a secreted committee doing any of this like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Oh yeah and by the way, have you made your voice count on that roster of nominees? If you haven’t, you better get on it since bands like Judas Priest and The Cars are in the running and amount to two personal favorites of mine. My article about the nominees for that honor can be found on THIS LINK. Closing up let me say “congratulations to all of the winners”. Until next time.