SLIPKNOT has been confirmed for next year's Download festival, set to take place June 14-16, 2013 at Donington Park in Leicestershire, United Kingdom. Also scheduled to appear at the event so far are IRON MAIDEN and RAMMSTEIN. More acts will be announced soon."We are extremely honored to have been asked once again to headline the Download festival," said SLIPKNOT's Clown. "It's always good to have the church of the Knot, the alter of the Knot, giving the sermon of the Knot to the congregation of the Knot, the culture of the Knot. This summer cannot come soon enough. Partake in the imagination or don't bitch." A Des Moines, Iowa doctor was charged on September 5 with involuntary manslaughter because he allegedly over-prescribed painkillers to eight of his patients — one of whom was SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray, who died of a drug overdose in May 2010.
Gray was found dead at the age of 38 in a hotel room outside Des Moines, surrounded by drug paraphernalia. His death was ruled an accidental overdose of morphine and fentanyl, with his autopsy showing that Gray also suffered from significant heart disease. Gray's widow, Brenna, revealed in an April 2011 interview with Revolver that her husband had agreed to get help for his drug problem just one day before he died on May 24, 2010. After a lengthy hiatus, SLIPKNOT resumed touring last year, with Donnie Steele playing bass live. The band intends to enter a recording studio sometime in 2013 to begin work on its first album without Gray.