Slipknot is playing the Iowa State Fair Grandstand next summer

Slipknot is playing the Iowa State Fair Grandstand next summer
Slipknot Will Play Iowa State Fair in 2019
Iowas oldest summer tradition is on a collision course with the states most provocative music export. 

For the first time in the bands two-decade history, Slipknot plans to invade the Iowa State Fair Grandstand. The Des Moines-born group plays Aug. 10, 2019, a Saturday night. 

“Im gonna drive from my house directly to the stage just like I do when I come to the fair,” Slipknot co-founder and percussionist M. Shawn Crahan told the Register. “It makes no sense why we havent played here.”

Slipknot To Perform At Iowa State Fair Next Summer

Tickets to see the night of paralyzing masked metal go on sale Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. via iowastatefair.org, costing $43, $53 or $60 before fees and fair admission. An opening act is yet to be announced. 

Its the first confirmed 2019 show for the Grammy Award-winning nonet and first in Iowa since a Wells Fargo Arena appearance in August 2016. The bands latest record, “.5: The Gray Chapter,” debuted at No. 1 in 2014 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart. 

Its not a bucket list show for Crahan, per se — Slipknots played arenas, amphitheaters and festivals around the world — but its one that gives a nod to his musical upbringing.

He recalled watching from behind the Grandstand fence marquee Iowa Jam shows from the 1970s and 80s, where acts like Iron Maiden and Metallica ripped sets. 

“Its not only work and commerce; theres a lot of spirituality here for me,” he said. “Its gonna be a really good time to play the fair and walk out and enjoy the fair.” 

The Grandstand announcement comes the same week that Slipknot members will attend meet-and-greet events with fans, self-described as “maggots,” at the Slaughterhouse in Des Moines. The local haunted attraction features Slipknot music, imagery and iconology from the bands five full-length albums. 

Does the announcement indicate an upcoming album and tour for Iowas nine? Crahan didnt rule it out. 

“You know, we have a rule in Slipknot: Off is off and on is on,” he said. “If Im announcing a show (that) pretty much means that … yeah. I dont wanna talk too much about it because this is the very first time that I feel that weve got a leg up.” 

He added: “It seems like everything is really meant to be right now. Were way ahead. And I think everybody is going to be very, very pleasantly surprised, starting this month.” 

Tickets for the concert go on sale November 2 at 10 a.m. via IowaStateFair.org, costing $43, $53 or $60 before fees and fair admission. An opening act is yet to be announced.

“Im gonna drive from my house directly to the stage just like I do when I come to the fair,” SLIPKNOT co-founder and percussionist M. Shawn Crahan told the Des Moines Register. “It makes no sense why we havent played here.”

Crahan recalled watching from behind the Grandstand fence marquee Iowa Jam shows from the 1970s and 80s, where acts like IRON MAIDEN and METALLICA performed to huge crowds.

“Its not only work and commerce; theres a lot of spirituality here for me,” he said. “Its gonna be a really good time to play the fair and walk out and enjoy the fair.”

SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor recently told Spains Resurrection Fest TV that the bands follow-up to 2014s “.5: The Gray Chapter” album will likely arrive next summer. Saying that 2019 will be “a big year for SLIPKNOT,” Taylor added that the bands plans for the coming months include the launch of “a big world tour.”

“.5: The Gray Chapter” was released following a six-year hiatus during which founding SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray died and drummer Joey Jordison was dismissed.

“.5: The Gray Chapter” sold around 132,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 1 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores in October 2014 via Roadrunner.

Gray died in 2010 from a drug overdose, while Jordison was let go in December 2013, just before SLIPKNOT began recording the last album.

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