Slipknot Bring Korn, Anthrax + More to Knotfest Japan Next Year
Slipknot will be joined by Korn, Anthrax and more at the upcoming Knotfest Japan. The two-day event is set to take place March 20-21, 2020, at Japanese convention center Makuhari Messe outside of Tokyo.
The Iowan masked metalheads —who are currently brainstorming ways to play this year's We Are Not Your Kind in full — will be performing both nights of the fest. That's right, for two nights in a row, Slipknot will dazzle Japan with an alternating support act, plus others to be announced. Day 1 (March 20) is billed as the "Roadshow" portion with Anthrax performing, while Day 2 (March 21) has Korn joining in on the so-called "Festival" part of the event. See the current show bill down toward the bottom of this post.
It's a fitting team-up for the trio of metal acts. After all, Slipknot singer Corey Taylor once nearly sang for Anthrax. And earlier this month, Korn vocalist Jonathan Davis said the current heavy music scene "feels like a camaraderie" with new releases from Slipknot and Tool surround that of his own band.
Plus, it's an impressive extension of the seminal Knotfest. The fest originally bloomed in North America from an earnest need for a rock music destination, as Slipknot manager Cory Brennan recently told Music Week.
"Knotfest started out of necessity and opportunity, chiefly a need in North America," Brennan said. “There was Rock on the Range, but there weren't any other heavy music destinations out there. They were all being hipster. There was nothing for rock bands in many parts of the U.S. We went into areas where there was no competition, where no-one was thinking about the fans there, and we did it. The first one was in Omaha, Nebraska, the second one was in Wisconsin — they were back to back and it was amazing."
Knotfest Japan will follow hot on the heels of Slipknot's recently announced 2020 European tour with Behemoth, which is scheduled for January and February. Get more information about Knotfest Japan here.
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