Des Moines metal band Slipknot has not played a show in its hometown in for more than seven years, but that is all about to change. Earlier today, the band announced details on its North American summer tour with Marilyn Manson and Of Mice and Men, and at long last, the band has scheduled a show in Des Moines. Slipknot will take the stage at Wells Fargo Arena on August 5 as part of the LAZER 103.3 FM 20th Anniversary celebration. KAZR email club members will get first crack at a limited number of discounted tickets ($20 each) on March 2 before tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 4 at 10 a.m. for $45, $55, and $75 through the Wells Fargo box office and Hy-Vee Tix. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m.
KAZR officials officially put an end to their annual music festival, LAZERfest after last year’s event, but they said that they still had plans for some big events in the works. The announcement today would certainly qualify as “big.” Slipknot has been one of Iowa’s biggest successes in the music world. The band has had multi-platinum and chart-topping albums, as well as numerous Top 10 singles. Despite band turnover, the death of bassist and founding member Paul Gray, the stabbing of guitarist Mick Thompson last year, and other issues through the years, Slipknot has continued to be a dominant force in the world of metal music. The band has been nominated for ten Grammy Awards through the years, including two nominations again this year. While they have only won one Grammy, the 2006 award for “Best Metal Performance,” the band has won 25 major awards during its 21-year history.