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Slipknot concert cut short after fans start bonfire in mosh pit

The concert was stopped for 30 minutes while the fire was put out

By Emma Kelly

Slipknot were forced to cut short a gig in Arizona after fans started a bonfire in a mosh pit.

The rockers were performing at the Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday (November 2) as part of their Knotfest roadshow when a stack of lawn chairs was set fire to.

Slipknot were performing ‘All Out Life’ when the fire was started in the outdoor venue, with flames reportedly shooting 20 feet in the air.

According to the Arizona Republic, attendees “set fire to a stack of lawn chairs and formed a circle pit around the massive bonfire, which grew as more fans added chairs”.

The Phoenix Fire Department was called to the scene, and the concert was halted for around 30 minutes while the flames were extinguished in an “aggressive fire attack”.

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

Slipknot returned to perform after the fire was put out, but were forced to cut ‘Duality’ and ‘Spit It Out’ from the set.

Arizona was the band’s final stop in the Knotfest Roadshow, which also featured Killswitch Engage, Fever 333 and Code Orange.

Meanwhile, Slipknot have teased new music on a mysterious NFT website called The Chapeltown Rag, which appears to be an online marketplace for Slipknot NFTs (non-fungible tokens). It currently features nine brief snippets of music.

There is also a link to a WAX wallet, a blockchain used to sell and trade NFTs.

The Knotfest website is currently advertising the new site on a banner that says: “Read all about it if you want to know.” 

Frontman Corey Taylor last month shared that new music would be arriving soon.

Speaking on The Eddie Trunk Podcast, Taylor said: “It’s pretty much done. I’d say it’s probably about 80 per cent done. We’re finishing up some music [and] I’ve got a couple more songs to sing.

“However, I will say this: don’t be surprised if in the next month or so you hear something new.”