IBANEZ Rep ‘Confirms’ SLIPKNOT Will Headline MAYHEM Festival

Russ Rosenfeld, a longtime representative for Hoshino, the Japanese trading company that owns the Ibanez brand name, appears to have confirmed rumors that SLIPKNOT will headline this year’s edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Rosenfeld‘s slip of the tongue was captured in the short video clip below while he was introducing the new line of Mick Thomson (SLIPKNOT) Ibanez signature guitars at this past weekend’s NAMM show in Anaheim, California.

The official Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival lineup is expected to be announced on Wednesday, January 25.

Last July, SLIPKNOT completed a three-week European tour that was the band’s first run of dates since the death of bassist Paul Gray a year earlier. A one-off appearance at the Rock In Rio festival in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil followed in September.

SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor and percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan confirmed that the band will tour the U.S. this summer.

Taylor has repeatedly stated in interviews that it’s “still too soon” for the band to be thinking about recording a new studio album following Gray‘s death.

The singer has been touring with his other band STONE SOUR and has indicated that he would like to return to the studio with that group next.

SLIPKNOT‘s last record, “All Hope Is Gone”, was released in 2008.