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K! Awards, Ozzfest and Reading

Posted on February 12, 2008

BEST BAND… Slipknot won Best Band In The World at the 2001 Kerrang Awards held Aug 28th in London. As the band are in the US, we sent some hardcore boilersuited and masked up Slipknot fans to collect the award on their behalf. What a time they had! You can see the photos in the Slipknot gallery. You can read all about it in the words of Paul Howard (with Sid mask), one of the maggots who attended: “It all started when I arrived in work at 10am on Tuesday morning. Very much bleary eyed after a very heavy weekend at Reading I was scanning through my mail and found an urgent email. A group of Slipknot fans were needed in London at 2pm that day!!! After a frantic mail to Kirsten at RR UK and a couple of phone calls later I was on my way to the Kerrang Awards 2001. After arriving at RRUK the five of us were told of the plan and the mass surprise of us turning up as fans to accept the award. Arriving at the event was insane, camera’s flashing everywhere and interviews going on left right and centre, it was like the who’s who of modern rock. After hooking up with a few of the bands I already know and keeping the secret of what was about to go down the awards begun, gradually the time was getting closer, looking at the stage and all the amazing people that were going up to collect the new look K awards the adrenalin started to kick in. We were then advised to go and change into our Slipknot boilersuits and masks. Standing at the back of the room I began to understand why the band wear the masks. I started to feel the buzz and the mass rush and I felt like Sid. When the award was announced we went onto autopilot, weaving through all the tables heading to the stage. After accepting the award I looked out into the crowd it was he most amazing feeing in the world. To have so many of my heroes, people who have influenced my life so much clapping for us was like a dream come true. We then were led from the stage to do a few interviews and some photos for Kerrang. After the awards were finished we were led back upstairs to where we were pretty much jumped on by various band members from Papa Roach, One Minute Silence and System of a Down, all wanting to talk to us and hang out. We were then led through to another room for more interviews and photos with programs like CD:UK. We were then left to our own devices, I met so many of my idol’s and people I have looked up to for so many years like Bruce Dickenson and Brian May, everyone was so down to earth and so cool. Hopefully some of my photo’s will be placed on line. My thanks goes out to all at Roadrunner (especially Kirsten =)) and Kerrang for making it the best day of my life. I also want to send out thanks to the guys in Dislocated Styles, Chuck is the man and he was the coolest guy to hang out with and get to know. Thanks for making the best day of my life.” Did you go to the UK Ozzfest in May? See our exclusive photos of live Slipknot & Soulfly, plus the Soulfly Signing Session at the Kerrang! tent! Can you see yourself in any of them? (check out the gallery) If you are a Kerrang! follower you’ll know that the band were nominated for no less than an astonishing 6 Kerrang! Awards in 2000. The guys scooped 3 awards in the end, making history as the first band to ever win more than 2 award – namely, Best Band In The World, Best Single, and Best International Live Act!!


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