Slipknot is holding its Knotfest again this year — but not with Slipknot.
Frontman Corey Taylor tells us that the group, which is currently on hiatus, will not regroup to play either of the festivals — October 28 in Toluca, Mexico, and an as-yet-unannounced California date in conjunction with Ozzy Osbourne’s OZZFest.
The latter is expected to be revealed on July 10.
Taylor says his other band, Stone Sour, has been invited to play, and he adds that Slipknot’s absence will help Knotfest in the long run:
“I think in a lot of ways your festival has to live past you or it’s not gonna live at all. If it has to live and breathe on your presence then it’s not a festival and it’s not for anybody else but you. And for us it’s always been more about the art and the music and everybody…That’s why we put so much work into it to begin with is to really make sure that it was stable and it was strong and the foundation was there.”
A Knotfest documentary “Day Of The Gusano,” filmed last year in Mexico, will premiere on September 6 in theaters. Stone Sour, meanwhile, releases its new album, “Hydrograd,” today.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.