Slipknot’s Bassist Taken to Hospital During Show in Connecticut

Credit: M. Shawn CrahanSlipknot bassist Alessandro Venturella was taken to the hospital in an ambulance during the band's show in Hartford, Connecticut Sunday night. In a fan-shot video, frontman Corey Taylor returns from backstage to inform the audience that "something happened" with Venturella.

"I'm sorry to say that our bass player, Alex, something happened, I'm not sure what happened," Taylor says in the clip. "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 f****** noise for him. Send him some f****** love."

Taylor then announced that the band would continue the show while Venturella was transported to the hospital.

"We had the choice to come back out here. We've had to modify some s***, but we're gonna f****** keep on playing for you," Taylor says. "It's what we want, it’s what Alex would f****** want."

According to TMZ, Venturella was taken to the hospital for convulsions. His condition is currently unclear, although Slipknot did post a video on their Facebook page of the crowd chanting the bassist's name.

Venturella, a former guitar tech for Mastodon, joined Slipknot in 2014 following the death of the band's founding bassist, Paul Gray.

Slipknot is currently in the midst of their Summer's Last Stand tour alongside Lamb of God, Bullet for My Valentine and Motionless in White. The tour's next stop is scheduled for August 4 at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts.

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