Fans have been eager to get back to concerts after COVID-19 pandemic safety measures canceled concerts across the globe. However, one recent Slipknot concert was cut short due to safety concerns of another kind.
Slipknot is known for its outrageous stage set-up and pyrotechnic performances, but a live show in Phoenix, Arizona, had to be evacuated after fans started a massive bonfire in the venue during the middle of the show.
Fans Started A Fire In The Venue?
The lawn pit at Slipknot tonight is fire — literally. pic.twitter.com/IrzgddSOEU
— John Marshall (@jmarshallap) November 3, 2021
Things started well for the Grammy Award-winning band. After singing “Happy Birthday” to guitarist Mick Thomson, who turned 48 on November 3, fans seemed in good spirits.
However, as the band began playing “All Out Life,” members of the audience reportedly started setting fire to the venue’s lawn chairs. Other members of the crowd started to throw their own chairs into the blaze in order to create a gigantic inferno.
According to reports, the bonfire was so large that the flames seemed to shoot up to over 30 feet in the air and took over half an hour to get under control.
Although some fans were disappointed that they did not get to see the full concert, most fans thought that the act was “totally awesome.”
In a fan-recorded video showing the growing bonfire, one fan wrote, “I am proud to say I was there! What an unforgettable evening that was!”
“We enjoyed a moderate amount of tomfoolery last night,” another commented.
“Who brought the marshmallows?” another fan joked alongside several fire emojis.
“AZ Slipknot fans, keep doing what you’re doing,” another fan wrote. “This s— looked like fun.”
Slipknot Livestream To Include Entire Headlining Set
— ADM 🥸 (@ill_adm) November 3, 2021
Fortunately, fans who are worried about the potential dangers of moshing around a bonfire don’t have to wait long to see a Slipknot concert for themselves.
On Friday, November 5, Slipknot is going to wrap up its Knotfest Roadshow tour with a performance at Knotfest LA that will be livestreamed for everyone to enjoy.
In addition to playing their entire headlining set, the performance is also rumored to include “select appearances” from other performers, such as Killswitch Engage, Fever 333, Code Orange, Cherry Bombs, and Vended.
Cherry Bombs includes Alicia Dove, who married “Slipknot” and “Stone Sour” singer Corey Taylor in 2019. Vended is also the current project of Taylor and Shawn Crahan’s two sons. Crahan is best known as the “Clown” and is one of the band’s percussionists and background vocalists.
The livestream will also feature some new music from “Slipknot,” including their new single “The Chapeltown Rag.”
When asked what the song was about, Taylor explained, “It’s classic Slipknot. And it’s frenetic. But lyrically, it’s coming from a point of talking about the various manipulations that can happen when social media meets media itself. And the different ways that these manipulations can try to pull us in different directions, in the fact that we’re all becoming addicts to it, which is very, very dangerous.”
Since the performance will be livestreamed from home, fingers crossed that fans won’t set their living rooms on fire while they enjoy the concert!