Video: Slipknot Cut Set Short as Audience Starts 30ft-Tall Bonfire

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*Editor’s note: this story was published on Nov 3, 2021.*

Any Slipknot show is without question a total melee, featuring insane stage set-ups, outrageous pyro, and of course nine dudes making some of the sickest metal out there. But last night’s show in Arizona forced the band to cut their set short, as audience members lit a massive bonfire in the venue.

As reported by Loudwire, the audience at Slipknot’s gig in Phoenix, Arizona, were in good spirits throughout the night, singing happy birthday to guitarist Mick Thompson only shortly before the blaze began. However, soon after that, as the band played “All Out Life,” members of the crowd began burning the venue’s lawn chairs, with other audience members throwing their own chairs onto the already-towering inferno. The result was that Slipknot were forced “Wait and Bleed” and “Spit It Out” from the end of their set while staff dealt with the fire.

Fan-shot footage of the event can be watched below, with a mixed reaction of those posting, who thought that this was either an awesome spectacle or a punk-ass move that robbed fans of live music:

Look, metal concerts will always be a home for chaos, so none of us are particularly surprised by shit like this. But we’ll also put it out there: this is why we can’t have nice things. Any time a venue has insane security, or doesn’t allow you to bring something in, it’s because some assholes decided to burn their lawn chairs. Remember, friends: every warning label is the result of a lawsuit.

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