Former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison has finally explained why he left the band in a new interview. When Jordison originally split from Slipknot in 2013 he cited that it was for “personal reasons.” One of the original members, he had been playing with the band since 1995 and had been featured on four albums.
When Jordison attended the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards this past Sunday (June 12) he gave a speech about the real reasons behind his departure while accepting an award. In the acceptance speech, he claimed that a neurological disorder called transverse myelitis was to blame.
“I got really, really sick with a horrible disease called transverse myelitis, I lost my legs,” he said to the audience during the interview posted by NME. “I couldn’t play any more. It was a form of multiple sclerosis, which I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.”
Jordison has since been rehabilitated from the disease and began a new band named Vimic.
He further said, “I got myself back up, and I got myself in the gym and I got myself back in f*cking therapy, to f*cking beat this sh*t. And, if I could do it, you could do it. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, more than f*cking anything. To people with multiple sclerosis, transverse myelitis, anything like that, I am living proof that you can f*cking beat that sh*t.”
In other Slipknot news, frontman Corey Taylor was recently hospitalized for a broken neck and was forced to postpone a joint tour with Marilyn Manson. Reportedly, Taylor had been hurt previously but didn’t realize the severity of his injuries until he was hospitalized. He had to have two discs in his neck replaced in addition to a surgical procedure on his vertebrae.