August 25, 2016


Of Mice and Men Singer Austin Carlile Suffered Lung Collapse Onstage, Still Finished Show

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Gabriel Grams/Getty Images

Musicians who are dedicated to their craft refuse to let anything get in their way of a good show, even if its their health. Of Mice and Men's Austin Carlile is the ultimate trooper, as he suffered a collapsed lung in the middle of Denver concert earlier this month.

"I couldn't breathe right and I was gasping. I managed to do the rest of the show. Then the medics came and gave me oxygen and the lung somehow kind of naturally re-inflated," the frontman revealed in a Rolling Stone interview. "The best laid plans for Of Mice and Men often go awry. I can't plan for much because I feel like life is always going to throw me a curve ball."

Carlile has been dealing with a condition called Marfan syndrome since age 17, a genetic disorder that affects the connective tissue and weakens the cardiovascular system. It doesn't typically cause an issue during live performances, but the 28-year-old suffers from arthritis and chronic pain in his joints. "My spine and back hurts, my ribs hurt and my legs cramp up at night," he says.

The singer and his band mates, who are currently on the road touring, are gearing up for the release of their fourth album Cold World on Sept. 9. Below, watch Of Mice and Men tell us about touring with Marilyn Manson and Slipknot at the 2016 APMAs: