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Video: Slipknot Rehearse “People = Sh*t” Maskless in 2000

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If you’d’a asked me around 2004/5ish, I would have wagered good money that Slipknot were gonna go maskless for the album that ended up being All Hope is Gone. My reasoning was a) it must suck having to wear those things all the time, b) the band’s popularity had grown to such a size that it seemed plausible fans would accept a maskless version, c) whereas earlier in their career they seemed to take pains never to be photographed without their masks, they no longer appeared to give a shit if fans knew what they looked like or not, and d) Kiss did it (at least for a little while).

In fact, when the “Before I Forget” video dropped, I was absolutely convinced it was a precursor to the band ditching the masks, ’cause it keeps almost showing the members’ faces, and even includes a shot where Corey Taylor’s mask is just hanging there, discarded.

But obviously, my prediction was way off base. And THANK HANNEMAN IN HEAVEN I was, because Slipknot masks have single-handedly made the 21st century worth experiencing.

Which brings us to this video of the band rehearsing “People = Shit” maskless in 2000 (a year before the song was even released!). It’s probably the closest we’ll get to Slipknot actually performing while dressed like normal dudes.

You can check it out below.

Speaking of “People = Shit” — some kid recently received his high school diploma while this track blasted on the PA system. That kid wasn’t even born when this video was filmed. So that’s a real “fuck you” to people who thought Slipknot were a passing trend, eh?

Slipknot will bring their own Knotfest festival to their native Iowa in September, then embark on a tour with Killswitch Engage, Fever 333 and Code Orange opening immediately thereafter. Here are the dates:

Sep. 25 – Des Moines, IA – National Balloon Classic Field (Knotfest Iowa) [tickets]
Sep. 28 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre [tickets]
Sep. 29 – Milwaukee, WI – American Family Insurance Amphitheater [tickets]
Oct. 01 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center [tickets]
Oct. 02 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre [tickets]
Oct. 03 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater [tickets]
Oct. 05 – Syracuse, NY – Lakeview Amphitheater – Syracuse [tickets]
Oct. 08 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center [tickets]
Oct. 09 – Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre [tickets]
Oct. 10 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center [tickets]
Oct. 12 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion [tickets]
Oct. 13 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live [tickets]
Oct. 15 – Burgettstown, PA – S&T Bank Music Park [tickets]
Oct. 17 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion [tickets]
Oct. 19 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre [tickets]
Oct. 20 – West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre [tickets]
Oct. 22 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek [tickets]
Oct. 23 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre [tickets]
Oct. 24 – Pelham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre [tickets]
Oct. 26 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP [tickets]
Oct. 28 – Del Valle, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater [tickets]
Oct. 29 – The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (no Code Orange) [tickets]
Oct. 30 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion [tickets]
Nov. 01 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater [tickets]
Nov. 02 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion [tickets]

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