Speaking with Rolling Stone, Slipknot member Shawn Crahan explained the idea behind Knotfest. "It's all about having fun and bringing something to the world of rock & roll, bringing it to the standard it used to be," Crahan said, later adding, "When everyone leaves their senses [will be] overloaded, and I'm talking about smells, sights, hearing, your body, everything is overloaded with stimulation, because that's what Slipknot does."
Knotfest will also feature performances from groups like Deftones, Serj Tankian and Lamb of God, and it will take place over two days. The August 17 show will go down at Mid America Motorplex in Pacific Junction, Iowa. The August 18 concert will be held at Somerset Amphitheater in Somerset, Wisconsin.
Of course, Knotfest speaks to a larger issue for Slipknot, which is how to move forward since the death of bassist Paul Gray just over two years ago. While other members seemed anxious to get back into the studio to work on their follow-up to 2008's All Hope Is Gone, frontman Corey Taylor for one has wanted to take things slow, balking at any notion of doing new music. With that said, though, everyone has been open to touring, which they've been doing for a little while since Gray's passing. But Crahan seemed to indicate that maybe the time is finally right for a new record.
"We're going to take our personal time [after Knotfest] to do what it is we feel we need to do to get ready for the new record that's gonna come out sooner than anybody knows," he told Rolling Stone. He didn't specify exactly when that would be, however.
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