Slipknot Performs In Indy
The Freakshow That is Slipknot Rolls Through Indy
Photography by Kurt Anno
Slipknot. Certainly a band I have heard of, but a band that I haven’t really spent a lot of time listening to and have not seen live. Many people have told me about the live show that they put on. Super fan and comedian Jim Florentine says they are the best live band ever. I knew about the masks, about lead singer Corey Taylor’s onstage antics and their overall aggressive and chaotic live shows. However, I have not yet had a chance to shoot them. When I saw they were coming to Klipsch Music Center in Indianapolis, I knew this was a show I wanted to work.
I like to look at performers not so much from a point of whether I personally like the music or not, but rather from a point of creativity and entertainment and the connection the artist has with its fans. Slipknot certainly checks each one of those requirements and then some. This band is somewhat like the Barnum and Bailey’s circus. With 9 members on the stage, there is an awful lot going on. The energy is almost unimaginable. It truly was like shooting a freak-show on steroids. And boy was it fun to witness. The fans were immediately worked up in froth as Taylor worked the stage like the pro he is. The element of the “hidden” identity has been criticized by some as a gimmick to sell records. However, this aspect of the band’s image adds a certain mystery and creepiness to the live show. From a photography standpoint, it s doesn’t get much better than this. Taylor is very welcoming of cameras in front of him and will often play to them.
Slipknot has been around for quite a while now and there doesn’t seem to be any reason they won’t be around for many years to come.
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