Corey Taylor of Slipknot had a scare on July 10 when he passed out near the end of the band’s Mayhem Festival performance in Dallas, Texas. He is OK, and continues on the Mayhem tour with Slayer, Motorhead, Anthrax, As I Lay Dying, the Devil Wears Prada and more. Check out footage of Corey passing out below.

Slipknot will hold their first-ever Knotfest with two day-long events, one August 17th in their home state of Iowa and the other August 18th in Somerset, on the border of Wisconsin and Minnesota. The shows will find Slipknot joined by the Deftones, Dethklok, Serj Tankian, the Urge, Cannibal Corpse and more.

“It’s all about having fun and bringing something to the world of rock & roll, bringing it to the standard it used to be,” Slipknot’s Shawn “Clown” Crahan told Rolling Stone. “It’s time for us to really engulf this idea known as Knotfest where we’re in control, we make a day devoted to our mindset, our ideas, the people that we want to play with, the people that we think our fans want to be around.”

“When everyone leaves their senses [will be] overloaded, and I’m talking about smells, sights, hearing, your body, everything is overloaded with stimulation, because that’s what Slipknot does,” Crahan says.

The festival is offering activities besides the show itself as part of its “dark carnival experience.” Circus big-top tents, pillars of fire, amusement park rides, burlesque performers, firebreathers, stilt walkers, drum circles made of junkyard cars and graffiti walls are some of the stimuli expected. The two shows will also debut a Slipknot museum.

Knotfest is something the band has always wanted to do, according to Crahan. And the time is right. “Now, after 15 years, things feel right, things feel complete, things feel like we can accomplish anything. And I love challenges,” he says.

That came about in large part through adversity. The band suffered a devastating loss in 2010 when bassist Paul Gray was found dead in his Iowa hotel room. Like any group that’s suffered the death of a band mate, Slipknot were left to figure out the best way to carry on and honor their brother. They decided to do it live.

“When the tragedy of our life happened, instead of going away we decided, ‘No, that’s not the right thing to do. Let’s go out, let’s share the way we feel with the people that feel like we feel,'” Crahan says. “So last summer we embarked on a tour, then we went to South America and opened up for Metallica in Rock In Rio. We just got back from Australia, and now we’re gonna embark on another fantastic one-of-a-kind tour, ending this thought process that’s been consumed by these feelings about a great loss.”

After closing this chapter, the band will move on. “We’re going to take our personal time to do what it is we feel we need to do to get ready for the new record that’s gonna come out sooner than anybody knows,” says Crahan.

Expect Knotfest to be an ongoing tradition, even if Slipknot isn’t always on the bill. “It’s something that we want to be in control of so much that it can exist without us,” Crahan says.

Slipknot’s final live performance of 2012 will be broadcast worldwide via pay per view. The “Slipknot Live At Knotfest” event from Somerset, Wisconsin is in partnership with TODOCAST and Event View Live. The official broadcast site is

The “Slipknot Live At Knotfest” event can be accessed from any Internet device at $14.95 for early bird fans now through August 11. The week before the event, the price will rise to $19.95. Fans who purchase early will receive full access to “Slipknot Saturdays” which begin Saturday, July 14 (and continue each Saturday until the event) and feature exclusive SLIPKNOT performances and video footage documenting the road to Knotfest.

The “Slipknot Live At Knotfest” event will include all the insanity that goes on backstage. Fans can pause it. Rewind it. Re-watch it. Day-of-show footage includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the festival grounds, pre-show interviews with Knotfest artists and Mistress Juliya, the stunning high definition main-stage performance of Slipknot as well as exclusive post-show interviews with the band. The entire “Slipknot Live At Knotfest” event package is available to purchasers for on-demand viewing for 30 days following the event.

On June 5, M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan talked to the Des Moines Register at Dayton Oaks campground in support of anti-bullying activist Kirk Smalley of Stand For The Silent. At the event Crahan spoke about the upcoming Knotfest and shared his views on bullying.