LIVE: Slipknot

Headbangers of horror Slipknot ravaged Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Wednesday, Aug. 17.

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The original headbangers of horror, Slipknot, ravaged Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Wednesday, Aug. 17.
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According to singer Corey Taylor, Slipknot is its own genre.
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Theatrics really make the music come alive.
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James Root, also known as "#4," plays guitar for Slipknot.
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Corey Taylor, or "#8," is the frontman and lead vocalist for the band.
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Mick Thomson (#7) also plays guitar for the band.
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According to Corey Taylor, the band's numbering system is a critique of commercialism.
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In 2010, bassist Paul Gray died of an accidental drug overdose. Alessandro Venturella now plays bass.
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Apparently the whole mask thing came about when percussionist Shawn Crahan started wearing a clown mask to rehearsals.
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The band ran with the idea and they haven't looked back (probably because it's hard to turn your head with a mask on your face).
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After the band surprisingly parted ways with Joey Jordison, Jay Weinberg took over on drums.
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Is he taking a break to ponder the horror of existence?
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Usually, I would mind any guitar without a headstock (especially if the fretboard lights up). Here, I don't.
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Ironically, the band claims that the use of masks is an effort to direct the audience's attention on the music ...
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And yet, the masks seem to be all anyone ever talks about. Hmmm.
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As you might as expect, it's not all flowers and roses.
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Reportedly, there has been quite a bit of tension between the original and touring members.
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But would you expect anything less from musicians passionate about their craft?
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The setlist for the epic night included, "The Negative One," "Disasterpiece," "Eyeless" ...
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"Skeptic," "Before I Forget," "Killpop" ...
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"Dead Memories," "The Heretic Anthem," "Psychosocial" ...
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"Pulse of the Maggots," "Left Behind," "The Devil in I" ...
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"Wait and Bleed" and "(sic)."
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The encore included "Surfacing," "Duality" and "Spit It Out."
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A bone-crushing show.
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