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BEWARE! YOU ARE ABOUT TO ENTER THE WORLD OF KNOTFEST... THE 1ST EVER KNOTFEST... THROUGH MY BRAND NEW EYES!

First of all, NO! ... and then ...

... we wait ...

 

Where do I even begin? This past week has been quite the whirl wind. I guess we should begin at the beginning... but Im not quite prepared to venture that far back, although it might fun. For me the beginning was at the ripe young age of 12 years old.

Joey Jordison 1, Slipknot, Mid America Motorplex, Pacific Junction, Iowa 

 

 

Its been a slipknot kind of summer. It started with a little show from The Miami Vice Sound Crack (TMVSC) Tour featuring The Filth Epitome Number 0, Mr. Sid Wilson, DJ from Slipknot along with MCs The Keen One and Jamazz the Rebel Alien. I have yet to blog about this show because, well these things take time... and the lighting at studio seven needs a little lovin. Next up was a two day spree of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival that Slipknot headlined along with the greats in Slayer, Motorhead, Anthrax, and TMVSC just to name a few. 

 

 

Jim Root 4, Slipknot, Day 1, Mid America Motorplex, Pacific Junction, Iowa

 

I was excited to see this face again. During this summers concert season there have been a lot of missing band members. Jimmy here missed the first half...ish of the Mayhem festival due to a ruptured spleen. Glad to see him back on stage and doing well!

 

Unfortunately even with Jim back, slipknot will forever be without Paul Gray number 2, founding member and bassist for Slipknot. Paul will always be a huge part of this band and everthing that goes into it and that was definitely apparent during the inaugural Knotfest. He is greatly missed by all who knew and loved him, family, friends, band members, and fans. This weekend his name, number, and face were plastered across the mid-west, on bodies, shirts, posters, artwork, and even slipknots' final backdrop. In Iowa Pauls' parents came and showed their support for their son and his band. I had noticed them getting escorted through the photo pit before Slipknot took the stage. They were both wearing Slipknot hoodies. On the back of one was the lyrics "We wont die!" I love it! These kinds of things make me proud to be part of this family. 

 

 

Sid Wilson 0, DJ, Slipkot and Paul Grays' parents, Mid America Motorplex, Pacific Junction, Iowa 

 

A very emotional moment before the embrace between Sid and Pauls' mother, as Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor takes a break to honor his fallen brother. He talks to the crowd about why we are all there... because of Paul. At this time Taylor talks about how important it is to the band that Pauls' family is there and has always been there for them. Earlier in the set percussionist Chris Fehn number 3 also came out to the sound stage to greet the family.

 

I guess Sid figures while he's out there he might as well climb the sound stage and take a dive!

Sid Wilson 0, Slipknot, Day 1, Mid America Motorplex, Pacific Junction, Iowa

 

 

The Great Big Mouth, Corey Taylor 8, Slipknot, Day 1, Mid America Motorplex, Pacific Junction, Iowa

 

 

Chris Fehn 3, Slipknot, Day 1, Mid America Motorplex, Pacific Junction, Iowa

 

The road to Knotfest was a long and uncertain journey. As I waited for my approval email to shoot the festival I struggled on if I should make the trip or not. The turning point for me was when Randy Blythe, singer of Lamb of God, was released from a Czech Republic prison. Blythe was being held prisoner for over a month on a manslaughter charge. Prior to Blythe's release on August 2nd Lamb of God had been pulled from the Knotfest line up. Once they were back on I was going... no matter what. I wasnt going to miss their first show back! So I was headed across the country, to where it all began... IOWA! 

 

Lamb of God. Pre-show calm before the storm... Literally! Day 1, Mid America Motorplex, Pacific Junction, Iowa

 

Lamb headlined second stage. Machine Head played right before them and blew the power. This was one of the many shots I took of the stage while waiting for it to kick back in. We really were in the middle of fucking no where. Corn Fields, Iowa. As I waited in anticipation for the boys to hit the stage, I could only imagine what Randy was going through. 

 

30 grueling minutes after Lamb of Gods set was supposed to start, the power came back on and they took the stage with a vengeance! ... and the lighting on this particular night was amazing. Thank you lighting guy, you are my favorite!

 

Randy Blythe, Lamb of God, Mid America Motorplex, Pacific Junction, Iowa

 

Randy talks a lot between songs and its always interesting to hear what the man has to say, as he is very intelligent and well spoken. On this day he talks about hows he's "been away for a while" and how he "couldnt be happier to be surrounded by cornfields in the middle of Iowa". He talks about how glad he is to be free, back in the states, and back on stage. 

 

Randy talks to the crowd about how thankful he is to everyone who supported him during is incarceration and to everyone who came out to see them at knotfest. He says he got a call from his manager, Larry Mazer, while at the Prague airport before he flew home. Larry tells him that the Dethklok tour was canceled but he had to ask... "Do you still want to play Knotfest?" and randy says "Fuck yes I want to play!' ...... so there you have it! 

 

Chris Adler, Wille Adler, & Mark Morton, Lamb of God, Day 1, Mid America Motorplex, Pacific Junction, Iowa

 

 

During Day 2 of Knotfest the storm rolled in and It poured for the whole Lamb of God set. Randy thanks the crowd for sticking it out during the rain. He also comments about the metal community in general and asks the crowd, "Do you think Nicki Minaj (or someone like that) fans would be out here in the rain?" "Fuck no they would be at home watching America Idol or some shit!"

 

Randy Blythe, Lamb of God, Day 2, Somerset Amphitheater, Somerset, Wisconsin

 

For me it was an awesome shooting experience. We (the press) got the boot after just two songs, when we usually get three. I can understand though since a lot of the photographers were just hovering around protecting their cameras. My camera DOES NOT CARE... it is a dare devil, it likes to shoot GWAR, and go to the beach, and we would have shot the whole set in the rain if allowed! Cheers to these guys!

 

Willie Adler, Me, Randy Blythe, & Mark Morton of Lamb of God, Day 2, Somerset Amphitheater, Somerset, Wisconsin

 

 

Check out the badass rug!

Lamb of God, Day 2, Somerset Amphitheater, Somerset, Wisconsin

 

Oh Deftones how I love thee...

Abe Cunningham, Deftones, Day 1, Mid America Motorplex, Pacific Junction, Iowa

 

Day one, Deftones hit the stage and they have so much energy! Frontman Chino Moreno cracks my shit up! The man loves the sound of his mic hitting the ground. Just a few songs into their set it stops working... he's trying to talk into it when a stage hand gives him a new one. With the old mic in one hand he says, "I think this mic is broken" and slams it onto the stage. "I don't know why... i cant imaging how it could have broke!" 

 

Chino Moreno, Deftones, Day 2, Somerset Amphitheater, Somerset, Wisconsin

 

 

Chino Moreno (Under Knotfest Banner) day 1, & Stephen Carpender day 2, Deftones, Iowa/Wisconsin 

 

It's a sad day for my Deftones family also, as another tour goes by without Bassist Chi Cheng. Chi was in a car accident in late 2008 and is still recovering with the support of family, friends, and fans alike. He too is in our hearts and minds during his road to recovery. For more information on Chis' condition visit ONELOVEFORCHI.COM

 

Serjio Vega has been with the band since the accident and is throwin down the bass lines and keeping the energy up! Vega is a great addition and has Chis' blessing since he filled in for him prior to the 2008 accident. The energy between Chino and Vega is awesome! At one point Chino looks out over the crowd at the knotfest carnival rides and says, "Man I want to be on that Hammer. Hey Vega, wanna go on the Hammer with me? What do you think, like 10-20 minutes after? Alright we will meet you guys (talking to crowd) over there like 20 minutes after were done here and we will all ride the Hammer" 

 

Abe Cunningham, China Moreno, & Sergio Vega, Deftones, Day 2, Somerset Amphitheater, Somerset, Wisconsin

 

Sids DJ stage was set up right by the Slipknot museum both days. (By the way I will be doing a totally seprate blog on the museum because as you can see I already have way to much footage of even just the performances.)

 

I really love this shot because of the "Purgatory Mask" or "Death Mask" from the All Hope is Gone era in the background. The Giant masks were also featured in the Psychosocial video.

Dj Starscream aka Sid Wilson 0, Slipknot/TMVSC, Day 1, Mid America Motorplex, Pacific Junction, Iowa

 

The sky and clouds were gorgeous for day 2 of Knotfest as the storm slowly rolled in. This was the best day yet of the summer for shooting TMVSC. The "stage" was set up on two huge tires which made it kind of unstable AND bouncy! RAD!

 

Jamazz, Starscream, & TheKeenOne, The Miami Vice Sound Crack, Day 2, Somerset Amphitheater, Somerset, Wisconsin

 

Bouncy!

Sid Wilson & Keen Killin it! 2/3rds of TMVSC, Day 2, Somerset Amphitheater, Somerset, Wisconsin 

 

 

Sid Jacked Keens water and took a drink on stage. He says, "I took someones water, I don't knows who's it was but its mine now." "It's who's?" Keen says. Sid shakes his head and walks to the front of the stage to do push ups. He says "We have this game. Theres no selfishness, everything is everyones... I said the 'M' word."

 

Keen counts em off as Jamazz stands back and laughs.

The Keen One, Sid Wilson, Jamazz, TMVSC, Day 1, Mid America Motorplex, Pacific Junction, Iowa

 

Dillinger escape plan never fail to put on a great show. On this day they had an even larger stage than usual and kicked it up a notch. If you can believe it. Check it!

Ben Weinman (Airborn), Greg Puciato, Liam Wilson, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Somerset Amphitheater, Wisconsin

 

 

 

Greg Puciato, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Somerset Amphitheater, Somerset,Wisconsin

 

 

Ben Weinman, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Somerset Amphitheater, Somerset, Wisconsin

 

Machine head were added to the bill when Lamb of God and Dethklok originally dropped off. Fortunately they stuck around when Lamb decided to play. These guy are old pros when it comes to the summer festival runs. They just do what they do and blow the power when they do it!

Adam Duce, Machine head, Day 1, Mid America Motorplex, Pacific Junction, Iowa

 

Phil Demmel & Robb Flynn, Machine Head, Day 1, Mid America Motorplex, Pacific Junction, Iowa

 

 

Phil Demmel, Machine Head, Day 1, Mid America Motorplex, Pacific Junction, Iowa

 

Serj Tankian did a solo set for the 1st Annual Knotfest. His band System of a Down were on tour with Deftones prior to Knotfet weekend and I was hoping for a surpise set. Maybe next time!

Serj Tankian, Day 2, Somerset Amphitheater, Somerset, Wisconsin

 

Cannibal Corpse, What can I say? I love bassists, and the have one, and a good one at that.

Alex Webster, Cannibal Corpse, Day 2, Somerset Amphitheater, Somerset, Wisconsin

 

 

Pat O'Brien, Cannibal Corpse, Day 2, Soomerset Amphitheater, Somerset, Wisconsin

 

Cradle of Fil... I mean Prong hit the stage about mid day to feel the heat with me!

Cradel of Filth Bassist, Dave Pybus, takes off the make up to play bass for Prong, Day 1, Mid America Motorplex, Pacific Junction, Iowa 

 

The Urge were a nice change up with the metal blowing and all but bassist make better faces!

Carl Grable, The Urge, Day 1, Mid America Motorplex, Pacific Junction, Iowa

 

Dirt Fedd setting the pace for second stage.

Dustin Travels, Dirt Fedd, Day 1, Mid America Motorplex, Pacific Junction, Iowa

 

Blue Felix put on quite the show and today in the Mid West they were in their own back yard!

Toxsick Tripp, Blue Felix, Day 1, Mid America Motorplex, Pacific Junction, Iowa

 

Goodnight.

"I was here, now Im gone." -8

 

 

 

 

 

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