After Joey Jordison’s broken ankle forced a last-gasp withdrawal from Friday’s Leeds Festival,  one of this year’s must-see acts has confirmed a December date in Newcastle!

Mask-wearing madmen Slipknot were due to be one of the warm-up bands for Metallica this week. But Corey and the boys will headline a Metro Radio Arena gig before Christmas.

With new album All Hope Is Gone (Roadrunner Records) released on Monday – rushonrock is hoping to land a review copy soon – these are great days for the men from Des Moines.

And their Tyneside date will also feature label mates Machine Head and the brutal Children Of Bodom in support.

This triple header will be one of the heaviest shows our favourite arena has ever experienced and is one of just SEVEN cities nationwide which will host the ‘Knot’s latest tour.

The Grammy Award-winning nine-piece have not toured the UK since 2005 but with 10 million sales worldwide the demand for the band is intense.

When the news of Jordison’s injury broke All Hope Was Gone – until now!