Slipknot Kicks Off World Tour In Finland
Slipknot kicked off the first European leg of its world tour on Friday (June 6th) with a 18-song set at the Rockfest Festival, held at the Hyvinkää Airfield in Finland. This was the band's first full-length show since Knotfest in Japan in November 2016, although they returned to live action last month with a two-song set on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Singer Corey Taylor told us a while back that with the kind of live show Slipknot puts on, there's always the risk of something going wrong: "When you get something like, you know, the big production going on, there's so many things that could go wrong that it's out of your hands, you know? So there's definitely a level of tension. But about halfway through the show, you know, everything's starting to go well, you know, you start to slowly relax. People really don't understand all the things -- it's such a living entity, the show is."
The set featured Slipknot's two newest songs, "All Out Life" and "Unsainted," alongside selections from the rest of their catalog that included five cuts from their self-titled album, three from .5: The Gray Chapter, three off Iowa, three taken from Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses and two from All Hope Is Gone.
Drummer Jay Weinberg thanked the Finnish audience on Twitter after the show, while sharing a video clip shot from behind his drum kit. He said the crowd set the bar "ridiculously high for the rest of the world."
The group's sixth studio album, We Are Not Your Kind, will arrive on August 9th. The North American Knotfest Roadshow tour will launch on July 26th and hit some 29 cities.