ICYMI: Slipknot revisited their roots at Sick New World Festival

Slipknot recently went retro, while also opening up a future path.
Old school photo of Slipknot (Brixton Academy 2000)
Old school photo of Slipknot (Brixton Academy 2000) / Martyn Goodacre/GettyImages

Slipknot co-headlined the Sick New World Festival in Las Vegas on April 27, delivering a setlist that spanned their entire career. For the performance, they brought back their iconic original masks, red boiler suits, and implied attitude of being "totally against the system, man." In honor of the 25th anniversary of their self-titled debut album, Slipknot focused heavily on material from their first three albums, which include 2001’s ‘Iowa’ and 2004’s Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses (known for its big hit, "Duality").

Approximately three-quarters of their set featured songs from these albums, with additional tracks like "Psychosocial", the TikTok favorite "Custer", and the more recent "Unsainted" from 2019’s We Are Not Your Kind.

Slipknot set list:

The setlist included:
"People = S**t"
"Before I Forget"
"The Heretic Anthem"
"Wait And Bleed"
"Spit It Out"

Two days prior, on April 25, Slipknot performed a surprise intimate show at Pappy + Harriet’s barbecue bar in Pioneertown, California. Announced just a day before, this gig saw the band in their classic outfits and marked the debut of their new drummer, whose identity has been confirmed as former Sepultura drummer Eloy Casagrande. This follows the unexpected dismissal of Jay Weinberg late last year (he said he was "heartbroken and blindsided to receive the phone call").

Percussionist and founding member Shawn "Clown" Crahan recently discussed the band's return to their roots with NME, stating they are "going back to basics" to celebrate their 25th anniversary. "I’m ready to kick everybody in the face again! I’m ready to do a 100-person venue again! I’m ready to do a 500-person venue…"


Slipknot is also set to return to the UK this winter to continue celebrating the milestone anniversary of their debut album. Tickets for these shows are available now. In the same interview, Crahan shared insights into the band's plans for 2024, expressing a desire to break from their traditional touring schedule.

He said: "I’m ready to move on from what has been, and move onto a world that I know needs to be. For instance, normally we’d have about two years on and one-and-a-half years off — we’re not doing that anymore."

Here are some of their US events. It's not clear if they will be doing many shows with other "nu metal" bands, such as Deftones, in 2024. Or might they make a little guest appearance at theFreaks on Parade tour? Well, probably not, but it would be an interesting surprise.