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Joey Jordison denies he was “fucked up” at final Slipknot shows

by Stephen Charlton2016/06/17

Former Slipknot skinsman Joey Jordison has shot down rumours that he was drug affected at his final shows with Slipknot. The legendary drummer said he was in fact suffering from a rare neurological condition called transverse myelitis (inflammation of the spinal cord).

Joey Jordison reveals health scare at Golden Gods Awards

Joey Jordison final Slipknot shows headshot

The one and only Joey Jordison.

Jordison received a Golden God Award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards earlier this week. He gave an emotional speech while accepting the award, revealing his struggles with the disease. He also commented to Metal Hammer after the awards about the rumours surrounding his last shows with Slipknot:

“It was at the end of the memorial shows we did for Paul Gray. We were in Canada, at the end of my last run of shows with Slipknot, and something happened to me but I didn’t know what it was. I was super ill. You can be sick and still play, but this was something I’d never felt in my life before.

“We found out what I have is transverse myelitis – a neurological condition that hits your spinal cord, and it wiped my legs out completely. It’s like having your legs cut off, basically. I played those last couple of shows and it scared the living shit out of me. I didn’t know what it was.”

He added that some people assumed he was “fucked up” while struggling with the pain, but he clarified that he hadn’t even had a drink:

“Everything was straight-laced and fucking perfect. Everything was on point. But I had to be carried to the stage. The pain was something I’d never experienced in my life before, and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.”

Corey Taylor’s comments now seen in different light

Joey Jordison final Slipknot shows band

Joey Jordison and Corey Taylor performing with Slipknot.

Corey Taylor‘s comments last year about Jordison’s departure didn’t mention anything about the drummer’s health situation. The frontman commented:

“It was hard at first. Nothing worth doing is ever easy right out of the gate. When we parted ways with Joe, it was honestly because of necessity; he was going one way and we were going another, and we just couldn’t go that way any more. And honestly, that’s all I can really say about it.”

It seems the health issues were just a footnote in a larger conflict between Jordison’s and his band members. Corey’s vague statements about Jordison’s departure left fans and commenters speculating the split was related to substance use on Jordison’s part. The drummer’s latest comments seem to pour water on these suggestions.

Jordison reflects on time in Slipknot at Golden God Awards

During the Golden Gods ceremony Jordison was complimentary of his former bandmates:

“I want you all to give praise to them as well. We accomplished a lot in life, every one of them, and I wish them nothing but luck and the best praises. What we created, in the basements of Des Moines, IA, will never be matched. It’s one thing that’s absolutely unbeatable.”

He held back tears during his speech to fans:

“Towards the end of my career in Slipknot, I got really, really sick with a horrible disease called transverse myelitis, I lost my legs. I couldn’t play anymore. It was a form of multiple sclerosis, which I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. I got myself back, and I got myself in the gym and I got myself back in therapy, to fucking beat this shit. And, if I could do it, you could it. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, more than fucking anything. To people with multiple sclerosis, transverse myelitis, or anything like that, I am living proof that you can fucking beat that shit. And, fucking metal and all of these fans will do it for you. Thank you so fucking much… to my lady, Amanda! You can beat this shit, no joke. Just the fact that metal lives in your heart, you can accomplish anything.”

Jordison is currently very busy with two projects: Vimic and Sinsaenum. Vimic is a modern metal band that was formed by the ex-members of Scar the Martyr. Their debut album Open Your Omen is due out this year. Sinsaenum is a black/death metal supergroup featuring past and present members of DragonForce, Mayhem and Dååth. Sinsaenum’s debut LP Echoes of the Tortured is due out on July 29.

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Stephen Charlton
Stephen Charlton is a musician and journalist based in Melbourne, Australia.

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