Slipknot’s Massive Audience Bonfire Being Investigated by Phoenix Fire Department

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Yesterday, it was revealed that Slipknot‘s recent show in Phoenix, Arizona, had to be cut short due a 30ft-tall bonfire started by the crowd. Reactions from audience members and those reading about the story ranged from support for the mayhem of metal to frustration at these bell-ends for cutting a Slipknot concert short. Now, it appears that the law is also weighing in, as the Phoenix Fire Department is investigating the blaze.

Speaking to Arizona Republic, a Phoenix Fire Department spokesperson says that Engine Company 40 “responded to the pavilion and found a large contents fire… possibly started by bystanders at the event.”

The engine company then launched “an aggressive fire attack,” with a water supply being established and handlines being extended from a truck.

“The fire was thoroughly extinguished without any extension to the major structure and no injuries were reported at the incident,” say the department. “The exact cause of the fire is currently under investigation and no persons were displaced at this incident.”

While we at The Pit have no real evidence regarding the cause of this fire, we can’t help but wonder if all of these videos of bystanders tossing chairs on the blaze might help:

More on this story as it unfolds.

Meanwhile, fans are encouraged to not start a fire in their living rooms this weekend during Slipknot’s massive Knotfest LA livestream. According to the band, the livestream will consist of the band’s entire headlining set, but will also include “select appearances” from other performers including Killswitch Engage, Fever 333, Code Orange, Cherry Bombs (whose ranks include Alicia Dove, Corey Taylor’s wife), and Vended (the current project of Corey Taylor and Shawn “Clown” Crahan’s two sons).

Tickets for the livestream are available via the festival’s Veeps portal. Your average ticket is only fifteen bucks, but there are also pricier options with all sorts of perks — a hoodie, exclusive artwork to be revealed at the festival, and more.


Words by Chris Krovatin