Thousands of fans came out to Slipknot’s show in Hartford, Connecticut, to see the nine members of the heavy metal band play their hits and see the powerful live show the band has become known for. However, the group and their fans suffered a scare mid-set Sunday night.
Slipknot bassist Alessandro "V Man" Venturella was taken to the hospital Sunday evening after having a medical emergency during the show, TMZ reports. The band stopped playing after a few songs and went backstage for about 20 minutes.
After the incident, lead singer Corey Taylor came back onstage to address the audience. "I’m sorry to say that our bass player Alex had … something happened, we’re not sure what happened," Taylor told the crowd. "He’s been put into an ambulance and he’s going to the hospital right now as we speak. But I want you all to make some f---ing noise for him, send him f---ing love."
"We have the choice to come back out here," Taylor continued. "We had to modify some s---. But we are going to f---ing keep on playing. It’s what we want, it’s what Alex would f---ing want. “
Slipknot finished out the rest of the show as an eight-piece and played 15 songs, including 10 after Venturella was taken to the hospital, according to Loudwire. The medical emergency happened after the band played “AOV.”
The band has had unfortunate luck with bass players over the last few years, especially after the loss of founding member Paul Gray, who died from an overdose in 2010. The bassist’s death inspired much of the material on Slipknot’s most recent album “.5: The Gray Chapter,” which was released on Oct. 17, 2014.
Slipknot is currently on tour with Lamb of God, Bullet for My Valentine and Motionless in White on the Rockstar Energy Drink “Summer’s Last Stand Tour.” The nature of the medical emergency and how it will affect the rest of the tour is not clear.