Following the death of bassist Paul Gray in May 2010, the future of Slipknot looked uncertain. The band had no plans to replace him, but felt he would want them to continue making music. Throughout 2011, the band made sporadic appearances at festivals, including a headline slot at the UK Sonisphere Festival. At the live shows, original guitarist Donnie Steele filled in for the departed #2, although hidden from the audience’s view.
On Sunday, September 25th, the band made an appearance at the Rock In Rio Festival. You can see their full 80 minute set below.
Percussionist Shawn Crahan (aka Clown), has stated the band will tour the US during 2012.