Slipknot begins its summer North American tour with Marilyn Manson on Tuesday night (June 28th) in Nashville, three weeks after the trek was originally supposed to kick off in Salt Lake City. The road trip was postponed when singer Corey Taylor had to undergo an “unplanned spinal surgery” to repair two discs in his spinal cord that had been compacted and were damaging that area of his neck.
Taylor revealed on Twitter that “for now,” there will be “no headbanging” or “jumping” for him onstage for the foreseeable future. He told us how he plans to get around that on the tour: [“Performance-wise, I’m gonna let the band kind of carry me, basically, and I’m just gonna sing and do my thing and just make sure that the vocals are there, you know. And you know, work the crowd the way I usually do. Obviously I’m gonna be there in a limited basis, but I’m gonna do the best I can with what I’ve got.”] SOUNDCUE (:16 OC: . . . what I’ve got.)
- He also offered on Twitter that he expects to be “back to 90 percent” within the next four to six months, and “100 percent” in a year.
- The summer trek is likely to be Slipknot’s last U.S. tour in support of its latest album, .5: The Gray Chapter, which was released in October 2014.
- Following the tour, Slipknot and Black Sabbath will co-headline the combined Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, a two-day festival scheduled for September 24th and 25th in San Bernardino, California.
CHECK IT OUT: Watch fan-filmed footage of a full Slipknot show from Moscow earlier this year: