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Metalheads Started a Massive Bonfire in the Crowd a Slipknot's Concert in Phoenix

A photo of the fire in the crowd during Slipknot's set on Tuesday at Ak-Chin Pavilion.
A photo of the fire in the crowd during Slipknot's set on Tuesday at Ak-Chin Pavilion. @chooseazbrews/Twitter
Stage pyrotechnics weren’t the only thing that caused flames to erupt at Slipknot’s show last night at Ak-Chin Pavilion.

Fans of the masked metal band burned lawn chairs during their performance on November 2, at the outdoor concert venue, creating a massive bonfire in the lawn area that raged for approximately 30 minutes.

Multiple social media videos of the incident showed Slipknot fans staging a circle pit around the fire, throwing hook 'em horns, and tossing clothing onto the towering flames (which shot anywhere from 20 to 30 feet in the air) as the band performs their 2018 single “All Out Life.”
The fire came as Slipknot was wrapping up its set and caused the band to temporarily halt their set before the blaze was extinguished by the Phoenix Fire Department. No injuries were reported and the band resumed its performance afterward.

Slipknot’s show at Ak-Chin Pavilion was the final stop on their Knotfest Roadshow tour. It’s not the first time a bonfire has reportedly happened at a metal concert at the venue as fans of Lamb of God set off “tribal fire pits” during a 2015 concert at Ak-Chin Pavilion, according to The State Press.

No arrests have been reported in connection with the fire. Phoenix New Times has reached out to Live Nation, which owns Ak-Chin Pavilion, and the Phoenix Police Department for comment on the incident.
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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.