By: Brian Maddox
Photos: THT/Brian Maddox
Alpharetta, GA (The Hollywood Times) 09/04/2019 – Allow me to go a little Sophia Petrillo on you.. Picture it, Georgia, 2019.. 12,000 sweaty, screaming fans anxiously preparing for one of the most dominant bands of the past 20 years to take their stage. There’s absolutely no denying the consummate grasp that Slipknot holds over its fans.
The Des Moines, Iowa based band is currently touring North America with Behemoth, Gojira and Volbeat for the Knotfest Roadshow. I’ll never forget the first impression I got from Slipknot. Around the close of the late nineties, I was an avid reader of Hit Parader magazine. Every new issue met my eager hands every month, giving me insight on some of my all time favorite bands and music, long before the advent of streaming services or online music news.
Like a kind of primitive pop-up, I once caught an advert of this group of musicians clad in matching red jumpsuits, all branded with barcodes along with their signature “number,” unique masks befitting each members personality.. oh, and also NINE members strong! I immediately asked myself, “Why in God’s name would a band need nine members?!?” I found out why shortly after picking up their self titled debut, and the rest is history. Comprised of vocalist Corey Taylor, guitarists Mick Thomson and James Root, DJ Sid Wilson, sampler Craig Jones, percussionists M. Shawn Crahan and an entity known only as Tortilla Man, bassist Alessandro Venturella and drummer Jay Weinberg, Slipknot have broken barriers in the industry ever since its inception in 1995, all the way to present day 2019. Throughout their career, Slipknot have proven to the world time and time again that heavy metal will never die.
In closing, is it considered biased to be both a music lover and a concert photographer? Does it seem justified to have one sour faced event staffer extract you from the photo pit well before your three song limit is up for simply singing along, headbanging and showing your appreciation as a fan in between shots? I’d personally like to think it was because he witnessed a guitar god hand me a freshly used pick and became fiercely jealous. Either way, my camera still ended up capturing many incredible moments from an evening that won’t soon be forgotten.
Slipknot’s sixth studio album “We Are Not Your Kind” is in stores now.