Professionally filmed video footage of SLIPKNOT‘s July 10 headlining performance at the U.K. edition of the Sonispherefestival at Knebworth can be viewed below.
The webcasting of SLIPKNOT‘s historic Sunday night headline set live across the world from Knebworth went out live on Slipknot1.com as well as SonisphereFestivals.com. An epic and emotional occasion, this highly anticipated show marked the band’s first appearance in the U.K. in over two years and their first British performance without founding member Paul Gray, who tragically passed away last year.
The band said of the performance: “England has always been a special place for this band from the very beginning. We can’t think of a better way to culminate our celebration of Paul‘s life than to share it with the ‘maggots; at Knebworth and the millions more watching around the world.”
The Sonisphere show on July 10 was the last on this current tour for SLIPKNOT, which performed for the first time without Gray. The band’s future beyond this run of shows is unclear.
Gray passed away in May 2010 from an accidental overdose of drugs, leaving behind his wife Brenna and daughter October, who was born the following August.
SLIPKNOT percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan told The Pulse Of Radio that the support of the group’s fans has been crucial to helping with the grief. “I definitely want to spend just a moment thanking all of our kids out there because, I mean, when you have kids all around the world — Japanese, people in Great Britain, all of Europe, and then everybody in America — when you’ve got all these people coming together to let you know how much he was loved, and how much he’s gonna be missed, and just how important he was to what we are doing, it’s really made a difference.”