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Slipknot's V-Man Had A "Look Of Mad Panic" When His Identity Was First Discovered

V-Man's phone "started blowing up" when his identity as the new bassist of Slipknot was revealed back in 2014.

Slipknot's V-Man Had A "Look Of Mad Panic" When His Identity Was First Discovered
Nat Wood

While Slipknot are incredibly cautious when it comes to keeping things under wraps when they need to, no Maggot can forget the moment the Iowa metal titans seemingly accidentally gave away the identity of their then-new bassist, Alessandro ‘V-Man’ Venturella, back in 2014.

Releasing the explosive video for The Devil In I, all nine members were – as they always are – in their custom masks and boilersuits, with V-Man and fellow newbie Jay Weinberg wearing fairly nondescript matching masks to keep their identities secret at the time. There was just one flaw in their plan: the bassist has hand tattoos, and it didn't take long for the Internet to figure out who he was by zooming in on the ink ("I was like, 'Why didn't we make him wear gloves?'" Corey Taylor later recalled). D'oh.

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Anyway, in a brilliant new ’Knot special for Radio 1's Rock Show, Daniel P. Carter – who is bandmates with V-Man in Krokodil – remembers the moment it all went down, with the radio host detailing his friend's reaction to this top-secret information hitting the headlines.

“We were in the studio working on stuff and The Devil In I video went up online and all of us in the studio kinda sat there and watched it in on the computer and were high-fiving him and stoked and everything," Dan says (via Loudwire).

“At this point, no-one knew who these new members were in the band. But I think within about a half an hour I think somebody had screen grabbed the picture towards the end of the video where V-Man's playing bass and somehow, someone recognised the tattoos on his hand – they’re pretty distinctive, I guess. And I remember him having this look of mad panic as his phone just started blowing up, like for the entire rest of the day – to the point where he was like, ‘I just need to go. I just need to go now.’ It was amazing.”

Hilarious. See if you can spot V-Man's tatts in The Devil In I video below:

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Last week, Slipknot announced the second annual Knotfest Roadshow tour of North America, featuring a killer line-up consisting of A Day To Remember, Underoath and Code Orange.

“We set a precedent last year – Knotfest is a showcase where you never know what to expect,” said frontman Corey Taylor. “This year is no exception. The bands we have represent all corners of our musical world, just like we do. And they’re exciting as hell. I can’t wait to watch and enjoy them along with the rest of the fans.”

Catch Slipknot live this year at the following dates:


11 Milan, Italy – Mediolanum Forum
12 Zurich, Switzerland – Hallenstadion
14 Vienna, Austria – Stadthalle
16 Hamburg, Germany – Barclaycard Arena
17 Berlin, Germany – Mercedes-Benz Arena
18 Dortmund, Germany – Westfalenhalle
20 Copenhagen, Denmark – Royal Arena
21 Stockholm, Sweden – Ericsson Globe
22 Oslo, Norway – Telenor Arena
24 Helsinki, Finland – Hartwall Arena


20 Tokyo, Japan – Knotfest Japan
21 Tokyo, Japan – Knotfest Japan
24 Singapore – Singapore Rockfest
27 Jakarta, Indonesia – Hammersonic Festival
29 Manila, Phillipines – Amoranto Stadium


30 Syracuse, NY, St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview*
31 Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center


2 New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
4 Quebec City, QC, Centre Videotron
5 Montreal, QC, Centre Bell
6 Toronto, ON, Budweiser Stage
8 Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
10 Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
12 Memphis, TN, FedExForum
14 Orlando, FL, Amway Center
15 West Palm Beach, FL iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
17 Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
18 Alpharetta, GA, Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
20 Birmingham, AL, Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
22 Dallas, TX, Dos Equis Pavilion
23 Austin, TX, Germania Insurance Amphitheater
25 The Woodlands, TX, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion


31 Cologne, Germany – Stadium


1 Wacken, Germany – Wacken Open Air
7 Berlin, Germany – Waldbühne
10 Barcelona, Spain – Knotfest at Sea
22 Milton Keynes, United Kingdom – Knotfest UK

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