Update: Slipknot have issued an update on the health of bassist Alessandro “Alex” Venturella, who has been discharged from the hospital. It reads as follows:
After a medical emergency during last night’s show, we are relieved to let everyone know that our bass player, Alex ‘V-Man’ Venturella, is well on the road to recovery. Alex collapsed mid-set after feeling unwell and as a precautionary measure was taken to hospital where he was found to be suffering from severe dehydration. After recuperating overnight, he has now been discharged from hospital and is on his way back to his Slipknot family. All being well, Alex will be back onstage with us tomorrow in Mansfield, MA. We thank everyone who reached out with messages and well wishes for Alex and we look forward to be being back at full tilt for the rest of the Summer’s Last Stand tour.
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Slipknot‘s new bassist Alessandro “Alex” Venturella suffered an undisclosed medical emergency in the middle of Slipknot’s set in Hartford, Conn., last night (Aug. 2). The band stopped the set for 20 minutes, but returned to the stage to continue the show as an eight-piece band.
Upon resuming the show, frontman Corey Taylor addressed the crowd (watch above), saying, “I’m gonna let you know what’s going on right now. I’m sorry to say that our bass player, Alex, had… Something happened. I’m not sure what happened. He’s been put into an ambulance and he’s going to the hospital right now as we speak. But I want you all to make f—ing noise for him. Send him some f—ing love. Now, we had a choice to come back out here. We’ve had to modify some s–t, but we’re gonna keep on playing for you. It’s what we want, it’s what Alex would f—ing want.”
Metal Hammer caught up with Slipknot's Jim Root at Rock On The Range to talk about the future of the band and what else he's got in the pipeline.
Clive Police have charged Mickael Thomson, the guitarist of Iowa heavy metal band Slipknot, after an arrest earlier this month involving a knife fight with his brother.
After an investigation police concluded that Mickael Thomson, 41, and his brother Andrew Thomson, 35, were both responsible for the March 11 assault, which hospitalized both of them.
Both have been charged with disorderly conduct by fighting. The brothers were booked and released on a promise they will appear in court March 30. Both parties declined to seek charges against each other.
Clive police were dispatched to the home of Mickael Thomson on March 11 after receiving reports that two brothers had been fighting. According to a news release, an altercation started inside the home, then moved outside where the brothers began physically fighting.
According to police, when they arrived on scene, both brothers seemed to be intoxicated and had sustained injuries from the fight, with Mickael Thomson receiving a stab wound to the back of the head.
Both were taken by ambulance to be treated for nonlife-threatening injuries.
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Slipknot guitarist Jim Root continues to speak out against his former band, Stone Sour. Root was fired from the band back in May. Given his recent comments, many suspect his personal issues with the group are with guitarist Josh Rand. Talking with TeamRock Radio recently, Root stated:
“I spent 12 years helping that band, writing songs for that band and doing things for them. When people conspire and turn their back on you because you have a bigger obligation to get to, it’s a little bit like, ‘Well, I guess that’s that.’
But when people don’t give you any reasons then all you can do is speculate. If people are going to make decisions like that for their career, I honestly would rather get on the life raft and get away from that sinking ship.
Maybe there’s neurotic people who are nervous and don’t know what their future is – so they have to make rash decisions to try to make sure they have a future. But that’s short-sighted. I tend to look past the end of my nose for my future.
Hey, if that’s what they feel they needed to do so they could go play another month’s worth of shows and do a cover record, then more power to you, have fun with that. I know where my passion lies and where my brothers are.”
Slipknot's Corey Taylor isn't the first person to ask his fans to put their phones away but he sure has an interesting way to go about it.
Taylor was interviewed by WRIF recently and asked about his opinions of social networks. He's not too fond of Facebook but doesn't mind him some Twitter:
"I enjoy Twitter, because there's no pressure like Facebook. I don't even run my own Facebook — somebody else does, and mainly just to kind of retype what I put up on Twitter, to be honest. But I have a lot of fun with Twitter, because you've got a maximum of 140 characters, and I can kind of get in and get out, and everybody just kind of retweets now anyway; hardly anybody puts anything out there. So it's easy; I don't have to sit on it all day, like most of these zombies do."
Eventually, that morphed into a question about people using their cellphones at a Slipknot gig and how Taylor feels about that, and he's not exactly happy:
"I see it every once in a while. People don't do it so much at our shows, and if they do, they do it from quite a ways back, because I empty whole water bottles into people as soon as I see them staring at their phone or tweeting or whatever."
He continued: "There was this one poor girl, and god bless her, she was a fan, but at the same time, she wasn't being very covert about it. So I emptied four bottles into her, and oh my God, it had to have broken her phone. And then she was just bummed for the rest of the night, and I just kept shrugging at her, going, 'Hey, it's a live show. Pay attention, or don't be here.'
"So, yeah, I don't see it as much anymore, because I think I've made the statement that I will ruin your phone if you do that in front of my show."
A follow-up was asked about fans taping Slipknot with their phones:
"You're gonna come down there and film it, but you're not gonna enjoy it?" he said. "I mean, get outta here! Are you serious?"
He added: "People need to unplug and realize that they're missing their lives, dude. It's sad. And that may be me just being an old jerk, but I don't care. I don't care. Truth is truth; it doesn't matter what age you're at."
Ultimately, I have to agree with the last part. You paid all that money for a ticket and you're just going to spend it taping a low quality video that you will probably never watch again? Just enjoy the show and maybe take a few photos. But, I cannot condone Taylor ruining people's phones with water. That's just cruel. Sure, it seems hilarious to a dude who can easily replace their phone without it impacting their financials, but I just feel bad for that girl who, for all we know, could've been tweeting about how excited she was to be front row at a Slipknot gig.
How do you feel about Corey's comments?