October 31, 2009. It was on that night that Slipknot would bring the touring cycle for All Hope is Gone to a close by performing to a sold-out crowd at the Pearl Theater inside the Palms Casino Resort as part of FANGORIA's Trinity of Terrors. No one knew it at the time, but that Halloween night concert would be the final time that the band would perform with bassist Paul Gray, who died in the spring of 2010. I was at that show - a memorable highlight of my short tenure working for FANGORIA magazine, serving as the Director of New Media for the event and co-hosting live webcasts throughout the weekend, including installments with Slipknot's Sid Wilson and Corey Taylor. Oddly enough, early this morning, Facebook memories surfaced a few images from that event that led me to dig into the archives to take a look at some never-before-seen photos and video that I was tempted to share... pausing and considering that sharing them next year on the 10th anniversary would be more appropriate. And then something unexpected happened: Slipknot released a surprise new single and music video... "All Out Life."
Update: The video has been taken offline. Odd given the age of the footage, and how fan footage of everyone exists these days, but YouTube shows a copyright claim by Warner Music Group.
Its existence has been discussed for years, but now, a full two decades later, footage of Corey Taylor's first live performance with Slipknot has surfaced. Recorded on VHS at the Safari Club in Des Moines, Iowa on August 24, 1997, the team at MFKR1 (a website devoted to Slipknot's pre-Roadrunner release Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat.) has unleashed the entire 45-minute set via YouTube. It certainly takes me back to a completely different era of raw, unhinged live performances in the Midwest. Check this out...
If your baby is 555 then you're 666, right? Worlds are colliding here folks, as the crew at Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star have announced LULLABY VERSIONS OF SLIPKNOT for a July 2, 2013 digital release. They've unleashed a preview stream of the lullaby version of "Before I Forget" (hear it on The Rock Father below), and if you pre-order the 12-song collection now via iTunes, you'll get that track right away. Corey Taylor and M. Shawn Crahan are both certified "Rock Fathers" in their own right, and the late Paul Gray had a little one as well.
They're about to hit the road with the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL this summer, and to go along with the tour, a Greatest Hits set is on the way. ANTENNAS TO HELL will be released on July 17th, 2012 via Roadrunner Records, the first teaser for which can be viewed below. The teaser features #0, DJ Sid Wilson manning the decks and doing some crazy mixing. Frontman Corey Taylor confirmed the Greatest Hits release via twitter last night, yet no track list or additional details have been made available.