SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray has issued a statement regarding the cancellation of the band's U.S. tour.
The Iowa-based nine-piece scrapped 11 concerts that were scheduled to take place between August 22 and September 5 due to a "severe medical emergency" suffered by drummer Joey Jordison.
"Dear maggots, let me begin by saying we are VERY SORRY we had to cancel this leg of the tour," Gray writes. "As you know, touring is our life; getting in front of you guys and playing keeps this band ALIVE. So it hurts us and much as you that we had to do this.
"There are PERSONAL issues in the band that NEED to be taken care of for us to continue touring. Let me emphasize JOEY IS NOT DEAD/DYING, **HE IS FINE**.
"We have been working hard for the last year and a half on the 'All Hope Is Gone' touring cycle and it catches up to you, as I said earlier, but I am very sorry. We had to cancel to the two-week run but are desperately trying to make those shows up in our October tour.
"We are not canceling our October tour, the band is not breaking up, we are all alive. I am setting the record straight.
"If you don't hear it from one of us in this band, then it is bullshit. We are human and shit happens and that's how life goes, but we are making the best of it right now, as should you.
"We will be on the road in October and hopefully we will see you there.
"For everyone that has sent emails/messages thank you VERY much, They do mean a lot to us.
"Hang in there we will see you soon."
Video footage of SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor announcing the cancellation of the band's concert in Seattle on Saturday, August 22 can be viewed below.
SLIPKNOT will release a deluxe 10th anniversary reissue of its 1999 major label debut on September 9.