Slipknot announce UK dates

The 'metal metal' band plays Cardiff, Birmingham, Leeds and London in February 2016

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Slipknot announce UK dates

Slipknot, the heaviest thing to come out of Des Moines, Iowa since the town itself in the Flood of 1851, are to play four UK dates in February 2016. The band is currently on a world tour, taking in the USA and Canada in October, Mexico in December and Europe and the UK in January and February, culminating with an end-of-tour show at Leeds's First Direct Arena.

The band will stop at:

Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff – Mon 8 Feb
Alexandra Palace, London – Tue 9 Feb
Genting Arena, Birmingham – Fri 12 Feb
First Direct Arena, Leeds – Sat 13 Feb

Slipknot are famed for their hectic live shows and their habit of wearing jumpsuits and masks onstage. The masks began as a way of immersing themselves in the music, but after 20 years acquiring a global following of dedicated fans, the band now admits that the masks are rather handy in that they prevent band members from being recognised in the street.

The past two years have been turbulent for Slipknot; the death in 2010 of founding bassist Paul Gray left them with an unstable lineup which climaxed in 2013 when the band announced that longterm drummer Joey Jordison was 'parting ways' with them, whereupon Jordison immediately announced that he hadn't quit the band – the implication being that he was forced out. Things got stranger still when, in March 2015, guitarist Mick Thomson and his brother were hospitalised after having a drunken knife fight with each other.

Despite these difficulties, the band continue to ride the wave of praise for their fifth album, 2014's chart-topping .5: The Gray Chapter, and band member Corey Taylor has even lent his voice to a villain in an upcoming episode of Doctor Who.

Now if you'll excuse us, we're off to design our own mask.

Tickets on sale from 9am Fri 6 Oct.

Slipknot

The controversial masked American heavy metal shock-rockers with a typically uncompromising live set of blood, snot and tears.

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