On Tour: Slipknot

With five studio albums, two live albums, four DVDs, and 18 singles to date, Slipknot has cemented themselves a place in heavy metal history.


w/special guests Marilyn Manson & Of Mice and Men

This summer finds two of heavy metal’s most visual artists touring together: Slipknot, with special guest Marilyn Manson will grace the stages of amphitheaters this summer. Hitting St. Louis’s Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre on August 4, 2016, the bill promises to be a fun one. With theatrics galore, this is one metal show that should not be missed.

Hailing from Des Moines, Slipknot has had quite a career. Starting with their eponymous debut in 1999, they shot straight up the metal ladder. By the time their fourth effort was released, 2008’s All Hope Is Gone, they topped the Billboard 200 Chart, debuting at number one. Spawning five singles, including “Psychosocial,” Dead Memories,” “Sulfur,” and the title track, the album was a phenomenal sensation worldwide.

Now touring behind 2014’s 5. The Grey Chapter, the band is riding the wave of success. Known for their masked appearance and aggressive sound, Slipknot has established a dedicated fan base. The band has been nominated for 10 Grammy Awards, winning one in 2006 for the single “Before I Forget.” In 2015, the act headlined the U.K.’s Download Festival for the third time. Although the roster has changed a bit over the years, the nine-member band shows no signs of slowing down. Drummer Joey Jordison (Murderdolls) left Slipknot in December 2013, becoming the drummer for Rob Zombie; bassist Paul Grey passed away in 2010, and was replaced by Alessandro Venturella. Even so, with five studio albums, two live albums, four DVDs, and 18 singles to date, Slipknot has cemented themselves a place in heavy metal history.

Sharing the bill with Slipknot is the Reverend Marilyn Manson. Touring in support of his 2015 release, The Pale Emperor, Manson provokes and antagonizes with his live performance. The singer has caused controversy since his debut in 1989. Hit first album, Portrait of an American Family, started forming a fan base that would explode once MTV embraced their video for their remake of the Eurhythmics mega hit, “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).”The result was instant stardom for Manson and his crew. By the time their second full-length LP was released, they flew into the stratosphere. Antichrist Superstar made Manson just that: a superstar.

With classic tracks like “The Beautiful People,” “The Dope Show,” and “I Don’t Like the Drugs (But the Drugs Like Me”), Manson’s shows are an exercise in musical anarchy. He possesses a commanding stage presence, and uses it well. His latest effort is proof of the Reverend’s ability to change, yet still be true to his vision. More organic in feel, The Pale Emperor is cohesive and tight; live, the new material translates well. On his last run, Manson relied less on theatrics and more on his vocal abilities. But don’t fool yourself: It is the stage show fans truly come to see. The outrageousness and visual appeal of Manson live is one to be experienced.

During his career, Manson has been nominated for four Grammy Awards, and has won two Billboard Music Video Awards, two Rolling Stone Awards, and one MTV Video Award. Having released nine albums, the band has a plethora of material to choose from. Recently, Manson announced that his 10th studio album will be released on Valentine’s Day 2017, and is to be titled Say10.

Opening the festivities is Of Mice and Men. The band comes to us from Orange County, Calif., via Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 2009 by vocalist Austin Carlile, the band is touring behind its latest release, 2016’s Cold World. Even though the album is not yet out to the public (it’s due to be released September 9), the band is gearing up to slay audiences across the U.S. on this tour. | Marc Farr

Slipknot rock the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis on August 4. Tickets are available at the Amphitheatre Box Office, from www.ticketmaster.com, or via Slipknot’s and Marilyn Manson’s websites. Full tour dates are below.

07.24 | Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
07.26 | Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
07.27 | BB&T Pavilion, Camden, NJ
07.29 | DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI
07.30 | First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown, PA
07.31 | Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater, Virginia Beach, VA
08.02 | PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC
08.04 | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Maryland Heights, MO
08.05 | Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines
08.07 | Pepsi Center, Denver
08.09 | Usana Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City
08.11 | White River Amphitheatre, Auburn, WA
08.13 | Concord Pavilion, Concord, CA
08.14 | Forum, Inglewood, CA
08.17 | Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, CA
08.19 | Isleta Amphitheater, Albuquerque
08.20 | Ak-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix
08.21 | T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas
08.25 | Gexa Energy Pavilion , Dallas
08.26 | The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands, TX
08.27 | Austin360 Amphitheater, Austin
09.25 | “Knotfest”: San Manuel Amphitheater, San Bernardino, CA
10.02 | “Louder than Life Festival”: Champions Park, Louisville

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