Slipknot brings metal to Rockford

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Iowa-based rockers to be joined by opening acts As I Lay Dying and Unearth Saturday, Nov. 12

There is no one formula for becoming a musical superstar. However, there are certainly elements that many bands have experimented with: charismatic stage shows, incessant touring and clever marketing, just to name a few. And while taking this path has worked well for many bands, metal juggernaut Slipknot has taken a slightly different route.

The Des Moines, Iowa-based rockers instead chose to affectionately refer to their fans as “maggots,” send nine jumpsuit-clad members out on stage nightly and paint themselves (literally) as creatures too frightening for most haunted houses.

Sound crazy? Perhaps, but “maggots” all across the globe insist the only crazy thing would be missing them when they play in your hometown.

Flanked by opening acts As I Lay Dying and Unearth, Slipknot invades the MetroCentre this Saturday, Nov. 12 as part of The Final Volume Tour. Supporting the recent release of their double album 9.0 Live, the band makes Rockford one of the last stops on their enormous schedule (the tour officially ends Nov. 15 in Milwaukee).

Though the band is no stranger to turmoil—they’ve been banned in almost as many cities as they’ve played—their visit to the Forest City comes less than two weeks after canceling four East Coast shows following the death of percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan’s father. Though it is unlikely to have a negative impact on Slipknot’s Rockford show, rest assured that the opening acts will do their best to offset any problems.

As I Lay Dying and Unearth, from California and Massachusetts, respectively, call Metal Blade Records their musical home. Both are increasingly important parts to the perpetually blossoming American metalcore scene, and both are energetic, well-traveled bands looking to establish themselves as fixtures in a genre that rarely produces a sustainable musical impact. Look for both bands to be aggressive, enthusiastic and fan-friendly.

For many Rockford residents, the thought of a local heavy metal/hardcore show is enough to inspire a night on the couch. But if a global audience of Slipknot fans are devoted enough to refer to themselves as maggots for the band they love, surely there must be something worth seeing…even if it is more than a little frightening.

Tickets for the Nov. 12 show featuring Slipknot with special guests As I Lay Dying and Unearth are $34 and are on sale now at the MetroCentre box office. Be sure to pick up next week’s edition of The Rock River Times for complete concert coverage, including a conversation with As I Lay Dying guitarist Nick Hipa.

From the Nov. 9-15, 2005, isse

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