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Concert Review: Slipknot – Knotfest Roadshow in Bonner Springs, KS

Azura Amphitheater | Bonner Springs, KS | 07 June 2022

The second leg of the massive Knotfest Roadshow 2022 tour is close to wrapping up very soon. The first two legs of the tour have seen the band play 40 dates in arenas nationwide, and Slipknot have just announced an additional 9-date fall tour with Ice Nine Kills and Crown The Empire. I got a chance to catch them in Banner Springs, Kansas, at the Azura Amphitheater on a balmy Tuesday evening when they stopped in the area with Cypress Hill and Ho99o9.

Kicking things off was a three-piece outfit out of New Jersey, Ho99o9, blending elements of hip-hop, rap, and punk rock into a unique sound that took the Kansas crowd by surprise. It took a few songs into the set, but the audience eventually warmed up to the band’s over-abundance of energy on stage.

Following a brief intro from DJ Lord, the crew from Cypress Hill took to blazing the stage with a hat-trick of tracks that lit the crowd up. Starting with “I Wanna Get High”, B-Real and company quickly went on with “Dr. Greenthumb” and the classic “Hits From the Bong.” Missing from the gang was Sen Dog, who had to drop from the tour due to a medical emergency/surgery. Other highlights were crowd-favorite tracks like “When the Shit Goes Down” and, of course, “Insane in the Brain.”

On to the main event. Slipknot burst onto the stage with a literal bang, diving into “Disasterpiece,” from their 2001 sophomore effort, Iowa. Frontman Corey Taylor prowled the stage while Clown and Tortilla Man flanked each side of the stage, perched high on the scaffolding with the percussion kits. The band tore into “All Out Life”, followed by “Wait and Bleed” which featured some extensive pyrotechnics. There truly was no weak point in the setlist, even on slower tracks like “Snuff.” The Kansas crowd was roaring and singing along to nearly every song, as the nine-piece outfit delivered a memorable and ferocious performance. My favorites of the evening were “The Heretic Anthem,” “Spit It Out,” and “People = Shit,” the latter being one of the encore songs. They ended the evening with “Surfacing” off of their stellar 1999 self-titled debut album.

Slipknot and the Knotfest Roadshow is truly a feast for the senses to witness live. While there are only a handful of dates left on this second leg of the Knotfest Roadshow, additional dates have just been announced for a fall 2022 run on the tour. I highly recommend checking them out if they stop anywhere near you!

Slipknot w/ Cypress Hill and Ho99o9
Wed May 18   University Park, PA Bryce Jordan Center
Fri May 20 Brooklyn, NY    Barclays Center
Sat May 21 Providence, RI    Dunkin’ Donuts Center
Sun May 22 Manchester, NH   SNHU Arena
Tue May 24 Albany, NY       MVP Arena
Thu May 26 Montreal, QC     Bell Centre
Sat May 28 Québec, QC      Videotron Centre
Sun May 29 Ottawa, ON      Canadian Tire Centre
Mon May 30  Toronto, ON      Budweiser Stage
Wed Jun 01 Cincinnati, OH    Heritage Bank Center
Thu Jun 02 Grand Rapids, MI  Van Andel Arena
Sat Jun 04  East Troy, WI     Alpine Valley Music Theatre
Sun Jun 05 Moline, IL        TaxSlayer Center
Tue Jun 07 Bonner Springs, KS Azura Amphitheater
Thu Jun 09 Colorado Springs, CO The Broadmoor World Arena
Sat Jun 11  Nampa, ID     Ford Idaho Center
Mon Jun 13 Seattle, WA    Climate Pledge Arena
Tue Jun 14 Ridgefield, WA    RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater
Fri Jun 17  Las Vegas, NV     MGM Garden Arena
Sat Jun 18  Chula Vista, CA   North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre

Photos by Thomas Woroniak Photography


Thomas Woroniak

Owner/Editor/Photographer/Journalist at AntiHero Magazine -- Thomas is a concert photographer and writer living in the Kansas City, MO area. When he isn't elbowing people in the photo pit, he makes an actual living as a web developer and freelance motion graphics designer. He is also a guitarist and studied music composition at the University of Illinois at Chicago -- Author: Thomas Woroniak

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