Slipknot will return to the road this summer for a run of 29 headlining shows scheduled to begin on July 26th at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA. Volbeat, Gojira, and BEHEMOTH will serve as support throughout the tour.The newly-announced run of shows will fall under their KNOTFEST Roadshow banner, and will take the popular metal band to the USANA Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City, UT (8/1); Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ (8/4); Pepsi Center in Denver, CO (8/6); Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL (8/11); Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, VA (8/14); Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis, MO (8/18); Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY (8/21); The Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA (8/27); BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ (8/31); MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, FL (9/4); and Dos Equis Pavilion in Dallas, TX (9/7) before wrapping with a show at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, TX on 9/8.Watch the tour announcement video below:Slipknot Tour Announcement VideoRelated: Korn’s Jonathan Davis Made A Shot-For-Shot ‘A Star Is Born’ Parody Trailer Dubbed ‘A Star Is Korn’ [Watch]Each pair of tickets sold for shows on the upcoming tour will come with a free digital download of the band’s forthcoming studio album. The as yet untitled new album, which will be Slipknot’s first studio effort since 2014’s .5: The Gray Chapter, is set to arrive on August 9th.Tickets for Slipknot’s summer tour will go on sale this Friday, March 8th, at 10 a.m. local time. Fans can head to the band’s website for more info. Fans can also reference the listing of dates/cities/venues below for the band’s full summer tour schedule.Slipknot Summer 2019 Tour DatesJuly 26 — Mountain View, CA – Shoreline AmphitheatreJuly 27 — San Bernardino, CA – San Manuel AmphitheaterAug. 1 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA AmphitheatreAug. 3 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta AmphitheaterAug. 4 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin PavilionAug. 6 – Denver, CO – Pepsi CenterAug. 8 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank ArenaAug. 10 – Des Moines, IA – Iowa State FairgroundsAug. 11 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino AmphitheatreAug. 12 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music TheatreAug. 14 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans AmphitheaterAug. 16 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music CenterAug. 17 – Bonner Springs, KS – Providence Medical Center AmphitheaterAug. 18 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino AmphitheatreAug. 20 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser StageAug. 21 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts CenterAug. 23 – Burgettstown, PA – KeyBank PavilionAug. 24 – Scranton, PA – The Pavilion at Montage MountainAug. 25 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake AmphitheaterAug. 27 – Mansfield, MA – The Xfinity CenterAug. 28 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach TheaterAug. 30 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts CenterAug. 31 – Camden, NJ – BB&T PavilionSept. 1 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube LiveSept. 3 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank AmphitheatreSept. 4 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union AmphitheatreSept. 6 – Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater at Circuit of The AmericasSept. 7 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis PavilionSept. 8 – The Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell PavilionView Slipknot Tour Dates
The UK arm of Commerzbank has insured both its defined benefit and defined contribution schemes with Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC) for £1.2bn (€1.4bn) – the country’s biggest pension risk transfer deal this year.The transaction involved converting a £300m defined contribution (DC) plan into a defined benefit (DB) arrangement, before then being added to the buy-in deal.David Curtis, director at Law Debenture Pension Trustees and chairman of the Dresdner Kleinwort Pension Plan trustee board, said the transaction “required a high level of creative thinking” from consultancy LCP to address the DC section. Curtis also praised PIC for its flexibility on what he described as “an unusual transaction”.The DB and DC funds were both part of the Dresdner Kleinwort Pension Plan, which came to Commerzbank as part of its acquisition of Dresdner Bank in 2009. It follows a bumper year of pension transfer deals for PIC in 2018, including a £1.3bn buy-in with Siemens in July and a £1.5bn buy-in with Rentokil Initial in November.Separately, rival pension insurer Rothesay Life has backed a £110m full buyout of the Laird Pension Scheme, connected to UK electronics company Laird.It covers the benefits of 370 deferred members and 570 pensioners, according to Rothesay Life. The DB scheme is expected to wind up later this year once the transfer is completed.Tom Ashworth, transactions specialist at Willis Towers Watson and lead adviser to the Laird Pension Scheme, said the trustees had come up with “a clear project plan and decision-making framework”, helping to ensure “healthy competition for a complex scheme and ultimately resulting in favourable pricing”.Cleo Taylor, business development director at the insurer, said: “With the rapid improvement in solvency levels, the demand for full scheme buyouts is particularly strong. To meet this demand we have been growing our new business team across underwriting, implementation and business development.”
Kawhi Leonard free agency rumors: Lakers ‘will pursue’ star this summer Nikola Vucevic doesn’t appear like he’ll be heading to Sacramento.The Kings “have placed an emphasis on improving the center position” this summer, according to a report from NBC Sports Bay Area, which cites an unidentified league source. The team, however, is unlikely to pursue Vucevic, the report says. NBA free agency: Patrick Beverley says he’s open to signing with Bulls Vucevic, who has spent the last seven seasons with the Magic, averaged a career-high 20.8 points, along with 12 rebounds, and made the All-Star team for the first time in 2018-19.Nikola Vucevic was on 🔥 and got another double-double in New Orleans! 😯📊: 25 PTS | 17 REB pic.twitter.com/WN3VicAWE2— NBA TV (@NBATV) February 13, 2019“Obviously I’ve had a great seven years here, but at the same time, we’ll see what happens,” Vucevic said in late April, via the Orlando Sentinel. “It’s a mutual decision, and it’s not just me. They have to decide what they want to do. Based on that, we’ll go from there.” Anthony Davis trade could limit Lakers’ cap space for third star, report says Related News The Kings could look to add Dewayne Dedmon or DeAndre Jordan, NBC Sports’ report notes. They also may try to sign Jonas Valanciunas while the team also hasn’t ruled out bringing back restricted free agent Willie Cauley-Stein.The Kings finished last season with a 39-43 and missed the playoffs for a 13th straight season. They’ve also been linked to 76ers forward Tobias Harris.