June 16, 2016


Former Slipknot Drummer Joey Jordison Had to Be ‘Carried to the Stage’ for Final Shows

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Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images

Earlier this week, former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison revealed that the reason he left the metal band in December 2013 was due to a battle with transverse myelitis, an inflammatory disease that is a form of multiple sclerosis. In a new interview, Jordison goes into further detail on his final, physically painful shows with Slipknot three years ago.

“It was at the end of the memorial shows we did for Paul Gray,” Jordison tells Metal Hammer. “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.”

The drummer explains that the condition is “like having your legs cut off, basically,” and that he was terrified before finding out about his condition. During his final shows, Jordison says that many thought he was intoxicated because he couldn’t stand up.

“I had to be carried to the stage,” he recalls. “The pain was something I’d never experienced in my life before, and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.”

Fortunately, Jordison has returned to drumming, both with Vimic and the supergroup Sinsaenum. Check out Fuse’s chat with Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor below: