Slipknot Show Interrupted After Bassist Alessandro Venturella Rushed to Hospital
Slipknot's stop in Hartford, Ct., yesterday took an unplanned turn after bassist Alessandro "Vman" Venturella had to be taken to the hospital partway through the band's set.
As of this writing, the details of Venturella's condition are still unknown, but as you can see from the fan-shot footage above, the band managed to regroup after a 20-minute delay and forge on with the rest of the set as an eight-piece. Slipknot ultimately performed 15 songs during the show — roughly the length of the regular set they've been delivering throughout their current Summer's Last Stand tour, which also features Lamb of God, Bullet for My Valentine and Motionless in White.
Venturella -- who previously served as the touring guitar tech for Mastodon, Coheed & Cambria and Fightstar -- joined Slipknot in 2014 after the death of the group's original bassist, Paul Gray, who died following a drug overdose in 2010.
"I'm gonna let you know what's going on right now. I'm sorry to say that our bass player, Alex, had — something happened," Slipknot singer Corey Taylor tells the crowd in the footage above. "I'm not sure what happened. He's been put into an ambulance and he's going to the hospital right now as we speak. But I want you all to make f---ing noise for him. Send him some f---ing love. Now, we had a choice to come back out here. We've had to modify some s---, but we're gonna keep on playing for you. It's what we want, it's what Alex would f---ing want."
The band later posted footage of the crowd chanting for Venturella, which you can watch below.
Posted by Slipknot on Sunday, August 2, 2015
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