See setlist and videos from the band’s first show with rumored new drummer Eloy Casagrande

Slipknot [Ellie Mitchell/Kerrang]

Ahead of their headlining appearance at Sick New World in Las Vegas this weekend, Slipknot played an exclusive club show last night at a barbecue joint in Southern California for just 850 fans. The performance at Pappy and Harriett’s in Pioneertown, California was the polar opposite of the band’s upcoming jaunt in front of tens of thousands of people. It was a throwback in many ways: from playing an intimate venue like the ones they cut their teeth 25 years ago, to donning their original masks and signature red jumpsuits that made them metal sensations, it felt like being in a time capsule.

While many details of the show felt old, one thing was new – their drummer. While the band has not officially announced their new stickman since the departure of Jay Weinberg last November, internet sleuths have deduced that there’s a strong possibility that former Sepultura drummer Eloy Casagrande is now sitting behind the kit for Slipknot. Perhaps an announcement is coming before Sick New World this weekend.

Slipknot kicked things off with “People = Shit” from their seminal sophomore effort, Iowa. From there, it was a barrage of career-spanning hits including “Before I Forget,” “Psychosocial,” “Custer,” “The Devil In I,” “Wait and Bleed,” “Vermilion,” and more. They kept it old school, pulling tracks from every album in their catalog except their latest, 2022’s The End, So Far. They played the most songs (five) from their iconic 1999 self-titled debut.

See the full setlist plus some wild video footage below.

Later this year, Slipknot are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their seminal self-titled debut album. The record put a little-known nine piece from Iowa on the map. Now, the group is heading back out on the road next year to commemorate the landmark LP.

Released on June 29, 1999, Slipknot came out in the thick of a hard rock renaissance. Filled with hits like “Wait and Bleed,” “Spit It Out,” “Surfacing,” and more, the album peaked at No. 51 on the Billboard 200 and No. 3 on the UK’s Rock & Metal Albums chart. From the get-go, Slipknot announced their arrival by kicking the door down with the opening track, “(sic),” an absolutely brutal assault that would set the tone for a career extending over two decades, filled with chart-topping albums, sold out tours, and massive festival headlining slots.

Last June, the band released their Adderall EP. The collection features three versions of the single from their last album, The End, So Far. The record also contains three previously unreleased demos – “Red or Redder,” “Hard to Be Here,” and “Death March” which appears to be a slowed-down version of “Adderall” in reverse. The band also revealed a video for “Memories,” a rough demo of “Adderall.”

Subsequently, Slipknot parted ways with keyboardist Craig Jones. Jones had been a member of the band for nearly three decades. Slipknot confirmed the news on their official social media.

“To our fans, Slipknot is announcing that we have parted ways with Craig Jones,” the band said in a statement. “We wish jones all the best for the future.”

Jones joined Slipknot in 1996 after the departure of guitarist Donnie Steele. His time on guitar was short-lived, as he quickly moved to keyboards and sampling. Slipknot brought in Mick Thomson to take over guitar duties.

Last November, Slipknot dismissed long-time drummer Jay Weinberg in a shocking announcement.

“We would like to thank Jay Weinberg for his dedication and passion over the last ten years. No one can ever replace Joey Jordison’s original sound, style, or energy, but Jay honored Joey’s parts and contributed to the lat three albums and we, the band, and the fans appreciate it. But as ever, Slipknot is intent on evolving. The band has decided to make a creative decision, and to part ways with Jay. We wish Jay all the best and are very excited for what the future holds.”

Slipknot are returning to Europe and the UK next December for a headlining arena tour. The run begins on 5 December in Amsterdam, Netherlands, with stops in Germany, Switzerland, France, and more. Very special guests for the trek will be Bleed from Within. Check out the full tour itinerary below.