MUSIC NEWS: @SLIPKNOT READY MASSIVE “SUMMER’S LAST STAND” HEADLINE TOUR

Hard rock juggernaut Slipknot has announced details of a massive summer headline tour deemed the "Summer's Last Stand" tour. The coast-to-coast trek will see theGRAMMY® Award-winning group joined bya stellar line-up of special guests including Lamb Of God, Bullet For My Valentine and Motionless In White. The North American tour is set to kickoff July 24th at West Palm Beach, Florida's Cruzan Amphitheater and continue through early September where it will eventually wrap-up at Dallas, Texas'Gexa Energy Pavilion on September 5th. Pre-sales will be availableTuesday, January 27thviawww.slipknot1.com with general on-sales beginning Friday, January 30th. For full dates and ticket information please visitwww.slipknot1.com.
 
Furthermore, Slipknot recently announced the spring North American leg of their phenomenally successful "Prepare For Hell" world tour, which will get underway this April featuring special guests Hatebreed. Tickets for those dates are on sale now via www.slipknot1.com. The spring run will also see Slipknot headlining an array of spring festivals, including such eagerly awaited events as Ft. Myers, Florida's Monster Energy Fort Rock (slated for April 25th), Jacksonville, Florida's Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville (April 26th), Concord, North Carolina's Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion (May 2nd-3rd), Somerset, Wisconsin's Northern Invasion (May 9th), and Columbus, Ohio's Rock On The Range (May 15th-17th). Slipknot are currently on the European leg of the "Prepare For Hell" world tour, which saw them perform to a sold-out crowd at London's historic Wembley Arena this past weekend. The European leg of the tour is set to continue through mid-February with dates scheduled in Ireland, the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Italy, Hungary, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland. From there, Slipknot will venture to Australia, where they will headline February's annual Soundwave traveling festival, with stops in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane. Finally, the band will return to Europe in June for a further series of festival appearances, with highlights including Germany's Rock am Ring and Rock im Park, the United Kingdom's Download Festival, France's Hellfest, and many more. For complete details, please log on towww.slipknot1.com/events. Slipknot will be taking fan questions exclusively on their Facebook page,www.facebook.com/slipknot starting Monday, January 26 at 12pm Pacific and answering select questions by video on Thursday, January 29.
 
.5: The Gray Chapter, Slipknot's fifth studio album for Roadrunner Records and first since 2008's RIAA platinum certified chart-topper, All Hope Is Gone made a stunning chart debut upon its October arrival last year, entering the SoundScan/Billboard 200 chart at #1 with sales in excess of 131,000 albums – the highest debut for a hard rock record in 2014. Furthermore, the album made an explosive chart impact around the globe, with #1 debuts in Japan, Australia, Canada, Russia, and Switzerland, alongside top 5 debuts in the United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland, Austria, New Zealand, Mexico, Denmark, and Finland. Furthermore, "Custer," the group'slatest single from.5: The Gray Chapter is impacting now at rock radio outlets nationwide.
 
Along with its massive popular success, .5: The Gray Chapter has also proven one of 2014's most critically acclaimed releases, earning the group their eighth GRAMMY® nomination in the 'Best Metal Performance'category for their triumphant return with "The Negative One." The album was #1 on bothRevolver's "20 Best Albums of 2014" and Guitar World's "50 Best Albums of 2014" rankings, while also earning inclusion onRolling Stone and Loudwire's "20 Best Metal Albums of 2014" rankings. In addition,.5: The Gray Chapter was chosen as Metal Hammer's "Readers Album of 2014" and included on the "Critic's Choice: TheMetal Hammer Top 50 Albums of 2014" tally. And as if all that weren't enough, Slipknot's return to rock action were also named byRolling Stone as one of the "20 Biggest, Boldest Comebacks of 2014."
 
Slipknot emerged at the tail end of the Twentieth Century and quickly established itself as the most enigmatic, provocative, and aggressive collective of the modern era. 1999's SLIPKNOT stands as a true milestone, named by Metal Hammer as the "Best Debut of the Last 25 Years." The album fast earned 2x RIAA platinum certification, with each of Slipknot's following releases – including 4 video albums – all receiving additional platinum certifications in the US and around the globe. All told, the band has 11 platinum and 38 gold record certifications worldwide.  
 
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