Patch.com reports that police have opened an investigation into the death of a 62-year-old man during a SLIPKNOT concert in Tinley Park, Illinois last Sunday (August 11). Foul play is not suspected, police said.
Witnesses told Patch.com that Richard Valadez joined in some of the mosh pits that formed in the lawn section of the “Knotfet Roadshow show at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre and was knocked to the ground at least once.
About an hour into headliner SLIPKNOT‘s set, he fell out of the pit and into the grass. As people were trying to help him up, he suffered a seizure and witnesses called for help. Two men performed CPR on him before staff and emergency personnel showed up to assist Valadez.
“They definitely should have handled things better: More emergency presence for one. And a better way for people to alert that they need help,” one witness said about the amphitheater staff’s response to the incident.
“Overall, the whole venue just screwed the pooch on the entire thing,” another witness said. “No communication, no preparation, nothing.”
SLIPKNOT released their sixth studio album, We Are Not Your Kind, on August 9 via Roadrunner Records. Album was once again recorded at a Los Angeles studio with producer Greg Fidelman, who engineered and mixed SLIPKNOT‘s 2004 album “Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)” and helmed 2014’s “.5: The Gray Chapter.”
In his lawsuit, Fehn claims to have always been told that the money from merchandise and touring is funneled through one sole company that splits profits and pays the members of the band. However, Fehn claims he recently discovered that his bandmates have set up several other SLIPKNOT-affiliated business entities in different states that appear to be collecting money from the band.
SLIPKNOT have refused to reveal the identity of the new member, who is replacing Fehn, but some fans on Slipknot Reddit had speculated that Zach Hill is the new percussionist, and said they saw him at Jimmy Kimmel Live.