A Slipknot show in Arizona was temporarily halted on Tuesday night (Nov. 2) when fans started a bonfire in the middle of the mosh pit. According to AZ Central, the band’s show at Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix as paused for 30 minutes after attendees lit up a stack of lawn chairs in a giant bonfire that brought to mind the images of the crowd-set infernos that engulfed the Woodstock ’99 festival more than 20 years ago.
Videos and photos showed fans dancing around and feeding the towering flames, which the paper said climbed 20 feet into the air on the lawn near the back of the outdoor amphitheater. A Phoenix Fire Department spokesperson said an engine company “responded to the pavilion and found a large contents fire… possibly started by bystanders at the event.” The engine company brought hoses out into the crowd for an “aggressive fire attack,” with the spokesperson reporting that, “the fire was thoroughly extinguished without any extension to the major structure and no injuries were reported at the incident. The exact cause of the fire is currently under investigation and no persons were displaced at this incident.”
Spokespeople for Slipknot had not returned requests for comment at press time, but in a statement to Billboard a spokesperson for Ak-Chin Pavilion said, “Ak-Chin Pavilion would like to thank the Phoenix Fire Department for being great partners. Thanks to their efforts, the show was able to continue on and close out a great night for fans.” According to reports, the fire was started during the song “All Out Life” near the end of the group’s set, which resulted in the songs “Duality” and “Spit It Out” getting cut from the set before the band returned to finish the final stop on this year’s Knotfest Roadshow.
Check out some fan footage of the fires below.
The lawn pit at Slipknot tonight is fire — literally. pic.twitter.com/IrzgddSOEU
— John Marshall (@jmarshallap) November 3, 2021
— AZ (@chooseazbrews) November 3, 2021
Here’s a wild photo of the fire from a distance pic.twitter.com/J9tTkXL3Fx
— Sam Weidenbaum (@SamWeidenbaum) November 3, 2021