Enlarge They closed their set with "Surfacing," co-written by both founding members.

Watch: Slipknot Pay Tribute to Joey Jordison and Paul Gray at Knotfest Iowa


Slipknot closed out their headlining performance at this past weekend’s namesake home state festival — Knotfest Iowa — with a tribute to the two founding members of the band who have died, bassist Paul Gray (2010) and drummer Joey Jordison (earlier this year).

After closing their set with a performance of the song “Surfacing,” which was co-written by Gray, Jordison and frontman Corey Taylor, the band displayed pictures of both late members on the stage’s two large video screens along with their names, birth and death years. The song “‘Til We Die,” from All Hope is Gone (2008), the last album to feature both Gray and Jordison, then played over the PA as the band posed for a photograph in front of the audience and eventually exited the stage.

You can watch fan-filmed footage of the tribute sequence, including the end of “Surfacing,” below.

Knotfest Iowa was plagued by massive problems distributing water to its 30,000 attendees, many of whom had to wait in lines two hours long to buy a single bottle. Two vendors responsible for the débâcle later apologized, but both Knotfest and Slipknot remained silent on the matter.

Slipknot have been working on a new album this year and are eyeing late 2021 or early 2022 for a release. Corey Taylor recently unveiled his new mask for that cycle. They are now on a massive North American tour with Killswitch Engage, Fever 333 and Code Orange.

Remaining dates:

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]
Nov. 05 – Los Angeles, CA — Banc of California Stadium (Knotfest Los Angeles)

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