Slipknot has canceled a 20-date U.S. tour which was to begin Nov. 21 in Fargo, N.D. and wrap Dec. 21 in the band's hometown of Des Moines, Iowa. The jaunt was cancelled after the wife of percussionist

Slipknot has canceled a 20-date U.S. tour which was to begin Nov. 21 in Fargo, N.D. and wrap Dec. 21 in the band's hometown of Des Moines, Iowa. The jaunt was cancelled after the wife of percussionist Shawn Chahan (also known as #6) was admitted earlier this week to the Mayo Clinic for Crohn's Disease, according to a release from the band.

Just last week, the band had confirmed its winter headlining outing, which had followed a stint with System Of A Down on the Pledge of Allegiance tour. Chahan's wife is said to need six weeks to recuperate, during which time the band member wanted to stay in Iowa. The U.S. dates will likely be rescheduled sometime after the group returns to North America from Japan at the end of March. However, the band's European tour, scheduled to begin Jan. 20 in Helsinki, Finland, is not affected.

Slipknot is touring in support of its latest Roadrunner effort "Iowa," which debuted at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 in September and has sold more than half a million copies to date in the U.S., according to SoundScan.

Here are Slipknot's canceled tour dates:

Nov. 21: Fargo, N.D. (Civic Memorial Auditorium)
Nov. 23: Columbus, Ohio (PromoWest Pavilion)
Nov. 25: Monaca, Pa. (Beaver Dome)
Nov. 27: Saginaw, Mich. (Wendler Arena)
Nov. 29: Fort Wayne, Ind. (Allen Coliseum)
Nov. 30: La Crosse, Wis. (La Crosse Center)
Dec. 2: Sioux Falls, S.D. (Sioux Falls Arena)
Dec. 3: Denver (Fillmore Auditorium)
Dec. 5: Wichita, Kan. (Kansas Coliseum)
Dec. 6: Kansas City, Mo. (Hale Arena)
Dec. 7: Springfield, Mo. (Shrine Mosque)
Dec. 9: McAllen, Texas (Villa Real Convention Center)
Dec. 10: Houston, Texas (Astro Arena)
Dec. 11: New Orleans (State Place Lake Front)
Dec. 13: Tampa, Fla. (USF Sundome)
Dec. 14: Orlando, Fla. (House of Blues)
Dec. 15: Sunrise, Fla. (Sunrise Musical Theatre)
Dec. 16: Atlanta (Tabernacle)
Dec. 20: Omaha, Ne. (McCormack's Sports Complex)
Dec. 21: Des Moines, Iowa (Seven Flags Center)

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