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Slipknot confirmed for Sonisphere 2011, release Christmas song

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Less than nine months after the unexpected passing of bassist Paul Dedrick Gray, Slipknot is readying their return to music. Despite well-publicized rumors of a breakup, the Des Moines, Iowa based metalheads just confirmed a tour in Europe for next summer, with the first announced stop being at the Sonisphere Festival in Hertfordshire, England from July 8-11.

“We’re looking forward to spending our summer in Europe. This tour is about us and our fans. It’s about celebrating the life of our brother, Paul and his legacy. The door is neither open nor closed. This tour is about burning down that door. See you this summer,” the band said in an issued statement.

It is unclear whether the band will ever record again, but frontman Corey Taylor did downplay comments made by dummer Joey Jordison earlier this week that the band was already working on a new studio album.

“Before anyone gets the wrong idea, let me be clear. I have No Plans to make a new Slipknot album anytime soon,” Taylor told The Pulse of Radio (via Ulitmate Guitar). “Shows? Maybe. As for Joey’s comments, he took that on himself to say that in print. I can think of five people in this band who haven’t written/heard a thing.”

Maybe Taylor hasn’t written/heard a thing because he’s been too busy recording a Christmas single with his other band, Stone Sour. “X-M@$” will be released on December 12th, but thanks to Roadrunner Records, you can stream it below.

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