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Slipknot Issue New Statement on Knotfest Mexico Cancelation and Fan Riots

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Slipknot were forced to cancel their headline appearance at Knotfest Mexico this past Saturday, November 30. When a broken stage barricade couldn’t be fixed, fans stormed the stage and set fire to Evanescence’s gear. Still, a post on the festival’s official Facebook page indicated Slipknot would perform a make-up set yesterday (Sunday, December 1) at day two of the Knotfest Meets Forcefest event if people were “quiet and in order.”

Unfortunately that did not come to pass. Slipknot issued another statement yesterday afternoon explaining that damage done to the stage by rioting fans was too extensive for the band to play:

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, Slipknot were not able to perform at last night’s Knotfest.

“Security barricades became an issue, and it was decided that for the safety of the fans, neither Slipknot or special guests Evanescence could take the stage.

“We had hoped to be able to perform today, but regrettably, a situation arose onstage after the cancellation that damaged or destroyed gear that would have been necessary to play.

“We are extremely disappointed that we did not get the chance to perform, but the safety of our fans and our community is our biggest priority. We will look to get back to Mexico sometime in the future.”

Some reports surrounding the event indicate that the festival’s initial communication to fans explaining why Evanescence and Slipknot wouldn’t play was poor. Still, the entire situation is shitty all around, and I’m not sure what fans hoped to accomplish by rioting and setting fires. For the sake of Mexican Slipknot fans, I hope the band makes good on their promise to come back and play a proper show, but it could be a while.

Upcoming Slipknot tour dates:

Jan. 14 – Dublin, Ireland @ 3Arena [TICKETS]
Jan. 16 – Manchester, U.K. @ Manchester Arena [TICKETS]
Jan. 17 – Newcastle, U.K. @ Utilita Arena [TICKETS]
Jan. 18 – Glasgow, U.K. @ SSE Hydro [TICKETS]
Jan. 20 – Sheffield, U.K. @ Flydsa Arena [TICKETS]
Jan. 21 – Nottingham, U.K. @ Motorpoint Arena [TICKETS]
Jan. 22 – Cardiff, U.K. @ Motorpoint Arena [TICKETS]
Jan. 24 – Birmingham, Arena, U.K. [TICKETS]
Jan. 25 – London, U.K. @ The O2 [TICKETS]
Jan. 28 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Ziggo Dome [TICKETS]
Jan. 29 – Frankfurt, Germany @ Festhalle [TICKETS]
Jan. 30 – Paris, France @ AccorHotels Arena [TICKETS]
Feb. 01 – Luxembourg, Luxembourg @ Rockhal [TICKETS]
Feb. 02 – Lyon, France @ Halle Tony Garnier [TICKETS]
Feb. 04 – Budapest, Hungary @ Sportarena [TICKETS]
Feb. 06 – Lodz, Poland @ Atlas Arena [TICKETS]
Feb. 08 – Stuttgart, Germany @ Hanns Martin Schleyer Halle [TICKETS]
Feb. 09 – Munich, Germany @ Olympiahalle [TICKETS]
Feb. 11 – Milan, Italy @ Mediolanum Forum [TICKETS]
Feb. 12 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Hallenstadion [TICKETS]
Feb. 14 – Vienna, Austria @ Stadthalle [TICKETS]
Feb. 16 – Hamburg, Germany @ Barclaycard Arena [TICKETS]
Feb. 17 – Berlin, Germany @ Mercedes-Benz Arena [TICKETS]
Feb. 18 – Dortmund, Germany @ Westfalenhalle [TICKETS]
Feb. 20 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Royal Arena [TICKETS]
Feb. 21 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Ericsson Globe [TICKETS]
Feb. 22 – Oslo, Norway @ Telenor Arena [TICKETS]
Feb. 24 – Helsinki, Finland @ Hartwall Arena [TICKETS]

March 20 – Tokyo, Japan – Knotfest
March 21 – Tokyo, Japan – Knotfest
March 24 – Singapore – Singapore Rock Fest
March 27 – Jakarta, Indonesia – Hammersonic Festival
March 29 – Manila, Philippines – Amoranto Stadium

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