Iowa's favorite sons SLIPKNOT will perform next summer at the Sonisphere series of European festivals, including an exclusive U.K. appearance at Knebworth (set for July 8-10, 2011). The band said in a statement, "We're looking forward to spending our summer in Europe. This tour is about us and our fans. It's about celebrating the life of our brother, [late SLIPKNOT bassist] Paul [Gray], and his legacy. The door is neither open nor closed. This tour is about burning down that door. See you this summer."
Earlier this week, two members of SLIPKNOT once again seemed to have made contradictory statements about the band's future following the death last May of Gray. Drummer Joey Jordison told Billboard.com that he and other members of the group are already recording demos of new material separately, and that he hopes to see them get together in the studio sometime in the first half of 2011. He told The Pulse of Radio that he expects great things out of the next SLIPKNOT record. "I think it's gonna be really, really cool," he said. "I think it's gonna be a really, really great record because, I mean, everyone's being really involved in the process and I think it should be, definitely for me it's gonna be, I think it's gonna be a healing process for all of us."
But singer Corey Taylor, who continues to tour with STONE SOUR behind that band's "Audio Secrecy" album, doesn't see a new record in SLIPKNOT's immediate future without Gray.
"Before anyone gets the wrong idea, let me be clear," he wrote on Twitter. "I have NO PLANS to make a new SLIPKNOT album anytime soon. Shows? Maybe. Album? No. As for Joey's comments, he took that on himself to say that in print. I can think of five people in this band who haven't written/heard a thing."
Gray was found dead in a hotel room in a Des Moines, Iowa suburb last May at the age of 38 from an overdose of morphine.
The members of SLIPKNOT have indicated that when they record and tour again — whenever that is — Gray will not be replaced and the bass parts will be played by other members of the group.
Meanwhile, Jordison's side band MURDERDOLLS canceled a tour slated to start on December 3 due to an "unforeseeable family emergency."