Memorial World Tour

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Memorial World Tour
Concert by Slipknot
Slipknot Memorial Tour Poster.jpg
A promotional poster for Slipknot's shows in Russia
Start date June 17, 2011
End date August 18, 2012
Legs 5 (currently)
No. of shows

52 (currently)

12 in Europe
1 in South America
7 in Australia
32 in North America
1 cancelled
Slipknot concert chronology

The Memorial World Tour was a concert tour by American metal band Slipknot in honor of late bassist Paul Gray who died on May 24, 2010. The tour was the group's first since the All Hope Is Gone World Tour which ended in 2009. The tour consisted mostly of festival dates and a small number of headlining appearances.

The band headlined the Sonisphere Festival in Finland, France, Sweden and the United Kingdom and co-headlined the festival in Greece, Turkey, Switzerland and Italy with Iron Maiden.[1] They also headlined the Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Belgium.[2] Finally, the band closed off 2011 by performing at the Rock in Rio festival held in Brazil alongside acts such as Metallica, Sepultura and others.[3]

Drummer Joey Jordison announced that a live bassist, later confirmed as former Slipknot guitarist Donnie Steele, would fill in for Gray but would not be visible by the audience, instead performing behind Jordison.[4] Vocalist Corey Taylor stated that he was willing to perform the shows for the fans, but at the time was hesitant about recording another Slipknot album in the near future due to the absence of Gray and his involvement with Stone Sour. Taylor doubted the future of Slipknot if the upcoming shows were unsuccessful.[5] Percussionist Shawn Crahan along with Taylor both expressed interest in bringing the tour to the United States. Corey Taylor later confirmed via Twitter that a U.S. leg of the tour was planned.[6]

The band scheduled three headlining shows of their own on the European leg, two shows in Russia and the latter in Berlin, Germany to compensate for the cancellation of the Bulgarian edition of the Sonisphere Festival.[7][8]

On February 8, 2012, it was announced Slipknot would finally be returning to North America for Mayhem Festival 2012.[9] Before the first show of the tour, it was reported that guitarist Jim Root would have to sit out multiple dates after his appendix had burst.[10] On July 13, Root recovered and returned to the band.[11]

In the ongoing tour, the band members also wore their red jumpsuits from the self-titled album. Sid, Chris, and Shawn wore their old self-titled masks for the whole show. Corey and Jim wore their self-titled masks for half of the show and wore their All Hope Is Gone masks for the other half. Mick, Joey, and Craig wore their All Hope Is Gone masks for the whole show. An effigy of Paul Gray stood between Craig and Joey's drum kit. The effigy included Paul's self-titled mask, his self-titled jumpsuit and his left-handed bass guitar beside it. For the American leg of the tour, they wore their red Iowa jumpsuits along with some matching to their Iowa masks.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
June 17, 2011[1] Athens Greece Terra Vibe Park
June 19, 2011[1] Istanbul Turkey Küçükçiftlik Park
June 21, 2011 Berlin Germany Columbiahalle
June 24, 2011[1] Basel Switzerland St. Jakobs Gelände
June 25, 2011[1] Imola Italy Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari
June 26, 2011 Dessel Belgium Graspop Metal Meeting
June 29, 2011 Moscow Russia Olimpiyskiy Stadion
June 30, 2011 Saint Petersburg Ice Palace Saint Petersburg
July 2, 2011[1] Helsinki Finland Kalasatama
July 8, 2011[1] Amnéville France Snowhall Parc
July 9, 2011[1] Stockholm Sweden Globen Arena Open Air
July 10, 2011[1] Stevenage England Knebworth House
South America
September 25, 2011 Rio de Janeiro Brazil Rock in Rio Festival
Australia ("Soundwave Festival")
February 25, 2012 Brisbane Australia RNA Showgrounds
February 26, 2012 Sydney Sydney Olympic Park
February 27, 2012[2] Sydney Entertainment Centre
March 1, 2012[2] Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
March 2, 2012 Melbourne Showgrounds
March 3, 2012 Adelaide Bonython Park
March 5, 2012 Perth Claremont Showgrounds
North America ("Mayhem Festival")
June 30, 2012 San Bernardino, California United States San Manuel Amphitheater
July 1, 2012 Mountain View, California Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 3, 2012 Auburn, Washington White River Amphitheatre
July 4, 2012 Nampa, Idaho Idaho Center Amphitheatre
July 6, 2012 Phoenix, Arizona Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion
July 7, 2012 Albuquerque, New Mexico Hard Rock Casino
July 8, 2012 Greenwood Village, Colorado Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
July 10, 2012 Dallas, Texas Gexa Energy Pavilion
July 11, 2012 The Woodlands, Texas Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
July 13, 2012 Tampa, Florida 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre
July 14, 2012 Atlanta Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
July 15, 2012 Noblesville, Indiana Klipsch Music Center
July 18, 2012 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Zoo Amphitheatre
July 20, 2012 Maryland Heights, Missouri Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 21, 2012 Tinley Park, Illinois First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
July 22, 2012 Clarkston, Michigan DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 24, 2012 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center
July 25, 2012 Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio Blossom Music Center
July 27, 2012 Camden, New Jersey Susquehanna Bank Center
July 28, 2012 Burgettstown, Pennsylvania First Niagara Pavilion
July 29, 2012 Bristow, Virginia Jiffy Lube Live
July 31, 2012 Saratoga Springs, New York Saratoga Performing Arts Center
August 1, 2012 Corfu, New York Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
August 3, 2012 Mansfield, Massachusetts Comcast Center
August 4, 2012 Scranton, Pennsylvania Toyota Pavilion
August 5, 2012 Hartford, Connecticut Comcast Theatre
North America, Leg#2
August 8, 2012 Holmdel, New Jersey United States PNC Bank Arts Center
August 9, 2012 Laconia, New Hampshire Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion
August 11, 2012 Toronto, Ontario Canada Heavy T.O. Festival
August 12, 2012 Montreal, Quebec Heavy MTL Festival
August 17, 2012 Pacific Junction, Iowa United States Knotfest
August 18, 2012 Somerset, Wisconsin



The setlist for the tour is composed mainly of songs from the band's debut album, Slipknot, to coincide with the stage set and apparel used on stage. The majority of the songs performed on the tour were written by or had a significant contribution in the writing process by former bassist Paul Gray.

Gently from the album Iowa was also played in 2012 only in the United States not in Australia

After each time a concert ends, the members, as a tribute to Paul, stand beside his effigy for a few minutes while "'Til We Die" is being played in the background.


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