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Slipknot Paul Gray silence was beautiful, says Corey Taylor

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Paul Gray of Slipknot

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Sonisphere festival organiser Stuart Galbraith has praised audience members during headliner Slipknot's performance on Sunday.

Slipknot's set was given a two-minute silence as a mark of respect for bassist Paul Gray, who died in May last year. The silence also took place throughout the other stages.

Galbraith revealed that booking Slipknot had always been a risk following Gray's death. He told NME: "Slipknot was a tricky booking for us, because there was every conceivable chance that the band would never play again live. It was very delicate to go to them and even suggest that they would want to consider something.

"The two-minute silence was fitting. It was great that [Radio 1 DJ] Dan P Carter led it for us. It was quite remarkable to hear a rock crowd be absolutely silent across the whole site.

"There were 60,000 people. And not just in front of one stage - every single stage, every single operation within the site ground to a halt for two minutes.

"There was nothing but respect there. It was a risky thing for us to do and we weren't sure whether we'd be able to achieve it, but the audience made it happen."

Frontman Corey Taylor also thanked the crowd on stage, saying: "I want to thank you all for what you did today. It was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

"This tour and this music is dedicated to the life of Paul Dedrick Gray. He is always with this band and he is with us right now."

Slipknot's headlining set was streamed live on the internet for the first time in Sonisphere's history.

Watch the video for Slipknot's 'Psychosocial' below:

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