Slipknot announce Knotfest Los Angeles livestream

Slipknot have announced that their huge Knotfest Los Angeles show next month with Killswitch Engage, Fever 333 and more will be livestreamed online.

The band will bring their travelling roadshow to the Banc Of California Stadium on November 5 for the biggest headline concert of their careers.

They have now announced that the show will be livestreamed across the internet on the same evening, with $15 (£11) early bird tickets available now here.

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Also featuring at the gig and on the livestream are the likes of Code Orange, Cherry Bombs and Vended, the latter of whom features the sons of Slipknot members.

Though Bring Me The Horizon will support the show, they will not appear on the streamed version.

Watch the trailer for the concert below:

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Earlier this week, Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor defended the COVID-19 safety measures that have been implemented on the band’s ongoing Knotfest Roadshow in the US.

“All the bands are super rad and so stoked to be back on the road,” Taylor said. “And we have such stringent restrictions that everybody is really, really happy about it. We’re doing our best to kind of set the standard so other bands, other tours can kind of come around and follow the example.”

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He continued: “Basically, [we’re playing] Live Nation-only venues, which require all staff to be vaccinated. It also means that at the gigs, you can either show a vaccination card or a negative test to come in. And it basically means that you’re masked at all times backstage. If someone pops positive, they’re quarantined and they stay behind.”

Slipknot returned to the stage on September 4 after an 18 month break to play the Rocklahoma festival, where Taylor also debuted his new mask.

The band’s last album ‘We Are Not Your Kind’ was released in August 2019 and Corey Taylor recently confirmed that new music would be arriving soon. The band will be hitting the road next year for a series of tour dates in Europe.

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Watch the new trailer for Metallica’s ‘The Black Album’ photo book

Metallica have shared a new trailer for their photo book, The Black Album in Black & White.

The book features images of the band at work on their 1991 self-titled fifth studio album, which became known as ‘The Black Album’.

Continuing Metallica’s ‘Black Album’ 30th anniversary celebrations, Metallica have this week published The Black Album in Black & White in collaboration with the photographer Ross Halfin.

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The book features numerous classic and previously unpublished photographs of Metallica, including in-the-studio shots and images from the 300-date tour that followed the release of the record between 1991 and 1993.

The book – the trailer for which you can see below – features introductions by Halfin, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Jason Newsted and Robert Trujillo, who performed on part of the Metallica tour at the time with his band Suicidal Tendencies.

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Printed with a metallic silver jacket with block-foil lettering, The Black Album in Black & White is described as “an epic celebration of one of rock’s most legendary albums”.

Ulrich said: “By the time the songs and the recording were coming together, the confidence level was at an all-time high and we felt better than ever about who we were and how we viewed ourselves with regards to being photographed.”

You can find out more about The Black Album in Black & White here.

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Metallica recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of ‘The Black Album’ by reissuing the record last month along with a special covers album, ‘The Metallica Blacklist’.

The band also recently performed the album in full during their set at Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Watch Metallica play ‘The God That Failed’ live at Aftershock Festival

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Bloodstock director to “step back” after “uninformed” tweets about pronouns

Vicky Hungerford, the director of the metal festival Bloodstock, will “take a step back from her role” after being criticised for a recent tweet.

Hungerford sparked a backlash last week (October 14) after saying in a since-deleted tweet: “If you’re going to start putting pronouns on your emails so I can refer to you as he/him she or her, I’m binning your emails.”

Amid backlash from Twitter users, the festival’s entertainment manager Paul Watling also announced that he was leaving his post “for obvious reasons” and said Hungerford’s comment “is not an isolated incident.”

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“You can NOT promote a festival of inclusivity without including EVERYONE,” he said.

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That evening, Bloodstock’s Twitch account also stopped streaming. A statement said: “We as a community and festival strive to be welcoming and supportive of people’s choices […] We have decided that it would be inappropriate to stream tonight — and for the foreseeable future — as if nothing happened.”

After deleting her original comment, Hungerford said: “So it appears my last tweet offended people and that was NOT my intention, I deleted my tweet as some people were upset and I was NEVER intending to upset anyone!”

This was followed by a more substantial apology, in which Hungerford said: “My post was my frustration leaking out that some people now feel they HAVE to sign off with a pronoun, not necessarily just because they want to.

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“I apologise for the way I said it and how it came across. I am a compassionate, kind and inclusive person and for me, that’s an important part of what the metal community is, or should be.”

Screenshots have also been shared which appear to show Hungerford saying: “For the love of god can we all STOP with this gender neutral bullshit !!” in 2018.

The following day (October 15), Bloodstock announced that Hungerford would be taking “a step back” from the festival, “effective immediately, and will be taking the time to properly educate herself for a better understanding”.

“Bloodstock is a festival that has always strived to be inclusive, welcoming and supportive of all groups of people. We are ashamed and disappointed by the recent lack of understanding, awareness and opinions voiced from within the Bloodstock camp.

“These views are not a reflection of the festival as a whole.”

In August Bloodstock announced that Lamb Of God and Mercyful Fate will headline 2022’s edition, which will also feature the likes of Testament and GWAR.

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Judas Priest’s Rob Halford reveals he was treated for prostate cancer, is now in remission

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford has opened up about his private battle with prostate cancer, casually mentioning the diagnosis in a new interview – while reassuring fans that he’s now in remission.

Halford shared the news during a chat with Heavy Consequence over the weekend, saying: “I had my little cancer battle a year ago, which I got through and that’s in remission now, thank God. That happened while we were all locked down, so things happen for a reason as far as time sequence of events. I have nothing but gratitude to be at this point in my life, still doing what I love the most.”

The 70-year-old metal legend went into further detail in a newly updated version of his 2020 memoir, Confess, wherein he points out that he first picked up on the symptoms of prostate cancer in 2017.

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“How did I feel? I felt a combination of shock, horror, and oddly, relief — at least now I know!” the new chapter reads. “‘Am I going to die?’ It was all I could think of. I know blokes who’ve died of prostate cancer. ‘No, you’re not going to die, Rob,’ said Dr. Ali.”

Halford first received treatment for his cancer last July, opting to have it removed through a prostatectomy – which he noted was successful – as opposed to radiation therapy. However, more cancer was discovered on his prostate bed earlier this year, leading Halford to receive radiation treatments throughout April and May of this year.

Admitting that he “told hardly anyone [he] had cancer”, Halford continued in the new chapter of Confess: “It’s been a draining year, I can’t deny it, but I’m delighted to have come through it. I feel like I’ve had the most thorough MOT that a Metal God can have.”

Halford’s positive outlook did not come easily, though, as he wrote that shortly after hearing of his diagnosis, he “was getting proper mardy” and “wallowing in [his] anger”. He went on to explain that his perspective changed greatly after seeing an advertisement for the Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

“It showed kids with cancer,” he said. “Some only babies. They were lying there, with tubes coming out of them, fighting for their lives. They didn’t know what was going on…It made me feel totally ashamed of myself; Rob, how dare you be so selfish? And from that second, I change my entire mental attitude towards my disease.”

The news of Halford’s cancer comes shortly after Richie Faulkner was hospitalised due to “major heart condition issues”, with the longstanding Judas Priest guitarist suffering an aortic aneurysm onstage. Faulkner underwent emergency heart surgery after the incident, with his partner confirming that he was “stable and resting”.

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Footage from the incident has been circulating the internet, but Halford has said he’s not ready to watch it as he’s “still shook up”. He noted Faulkner’s nonchalance to the situation, saying: “It’s just incredible that he got through that song and he came to the dressing room and he got changed.

“Even after the paramedics told him he needs to go the hospital and get a proper look at the stuff, he was like, ‘Yeah, I’ll be back. I’m going home for a couple days after this show, I’ll see you guys in Denver’ and walked out the door and then probably less than an hour later he was having over 10 hours of heart surgery. It’s just unbelievable.”

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