Slipknot Cancel European Dates After Drummer Breaks Ankle

SlipknotBy John Ochoa

It seems like a case of déjà vu for Slipknot.

In July, the metal band’s DJ Sid Wilson broke both his heels when jumping off the stage during the launch of the Rockstar Energy Mayhem fest. Today, Slipknot announced that they have been forced to cancel their slots at the Leeds and Reading festivals, as well as their remaining European dates, after drummer Joey Jordison broke his ankle. No word on whether this, too, was the result of an energetic stage performance.

According to a statement posted on the band’s MySpace page, “doctors have advised Joey to stay off his leg for four to six weeks to prevent further injury or permanent and more serious damage.”

This year’s Leeds and Reading festivals, which take place this weekend, would have marked Slipknot’s first appearance at the three-day event in six years. The masked Iowa metallers are touring in support of their upcoming album, All Hope Is Gone, which comes out August 25.

“Canceling shows is never an easy decision, and we apologize to all our fans, friends and family for not being there to throw down with you,” the band said in the statement. “We will be back in Europe this November.”

Slipknot are scheduled to play in Japan, New Zealand and Australia in October and all across Europe in November. Let’s hope they lay off the gymnastics until after the tour.