SLIPKNOT guitarist Jim Root rejoined the band on stage last night (Friday, July 13) at the Tampa, Florida stop of the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival after missing several dates of the tour because a burst appendix. A statement issued by the rest of the group said that Root had been seriously ill for the past few weeks and that the situation could have been life threatening.
Fan-filmed video footage of last night’s concert can be seen below.
SLIPKNOT‘s stint on the Mayhem tour is the band’s first U.S. trek since the May 2010 death of bassist Paul Gray.
The tour also features SLAYER, MOTÖRHEAD, ANTHRAX and others on the bill.
Following the end of the tour, the group will headline Knotfest, two festival dates put together by the band itself on August 17 in Council Bluffs, Iowa and August 18 in Somerset, Wisconsin.
SLIPKNOT will tentatively enter the studio sometime in early 2013 to begin recording its fifth album. In the meantime, a greatest hits collection called “Antennas To Hell” arrives on July 24.