Slipknot has been forced to postpone the first two weeks of its North American tour with Marilyn Manson after Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor was forced to undergo what he described as “an unplanned spinal surgery.” The trek, which also includes Of Mice & Men in the opening slot, was supposed to kick off on June 9th in Salt Lake City but will now begin on June 28th in Nashville.

Taylor said in a statement, “I’m sending this to our fans to inform you that we will be postponing the first couple of weeks of our upcoming U.S tour. Unfortunately, I had to undergo an unplanned spinal surgery. I am recovering nicely, and all went well! I need a little recovery time before hitting the stage. We will start the summer tour in Nashville on June 28th and continue as previously scheduled. An update on the rescheduled dates will be available in the next few days. I hope you all understand and thanks for always having my back!”

  • The summer trek is likely to be Slipknot’s last 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.
  • The postponed Slipknot dates are:
    June 9 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
    June 11 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
    June 13 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
    June 14 – Inglewood, CA – The Forum
    June 15 – Chula Vista, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
    June 17 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
    June 18 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
    June 19 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
    June 21 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
    June 24 – Austin, TX – Austin 360 Amphitheater
    June 25 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
    June 26 – The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

CHECK IT OUT: See Corey’s post from his hospital bed:

INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth — agree or not?

Ohio Death Metal wrote: “Corey might suck but back pain sucks more. Get well and stop being a douche!”

Tyler Satterlee wrote: “Best of luck and a speedy recovery, he is gonna need some time to chill as I’m told Slipknot shows are physically intense onstage but I do know spinal surgery is pretty hardcore.”

Ole Mann wrote: “Two weeks? I had spine fusion (front and back) and have barely been able to walk since. I hope his outcome is better than mine. I’m 43 and feel 93.”

Bill Goodman wrote: “If he had to retire because he could no longer perform, his fans would understand and be behind him 100%.”

Jeff Diotte wrote: “Just get well so you can come and kick major ass in concord.”