Slipknot fans expecting to see the band share the festival stage with Foo Fighters, shouldn’t hold their breath. The band’s drummer, M. Shawn Crahan threw water to that flame, saying, “that’s not what our fans would want.”
Crahan took part in the “Underground to Mainstream: What Are Metal And Hip-Hop Doing Right (And Where Does It Go From Here?)” panel at the 2018 Pollstar Live! event, which was held last week in LA. The panel included, among others, speakers Rich Best (Live Nation), Cory Brennan (5B Artist Management), and Danny Wimmer (Danny Wimmer Presents).
Wimmer, who has produced dozens of festivals nationwide through his “Danny Wimmer Presents” productions, asked Crahan whether Slipknot would consider festival bills alongside the Foo Fighters. Crahan said,”If we play alongside the Foo Fighters, we are going to get new fans, I agree with that. I love that,” he continued. “But I’m worried about the kid that won’t come to the show, because we’re playing with the Foo Fighters. He wants to know why we’re not playing with Nine Inch Nails.”
Crahan said, “The fans tell all of us what they want. I don’t need the new fan, I need the fan that has anxiety, parents are getting divorced, social problems, gender problems — I need them to come to the ultimate show. And they’re going to get that at Knotfest.”
At the end of 2016, Danny Wimmer Presents was No. 29 among Pollstar’s Top 100 Promoters worldwide. Last year’s Knotfest marked the first time since the festival’s 2012 inception that it did not include performances by Slipknot, the band that founded and curated the event.
Slipknot’s touring cycle in support of its latest album, 2014’s ‘.5: The Gray Chapter,’ ended in November 2016, with singer Corey Taylor returning to Stone Sour last year.