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Joey Jordison Says He Left Slipknot Because Of A Medical Condition


When legendary drumstick abuser Joey Jordison announced he was leaving Slipknot, something didn’t feel right. The Iowa shred unit were laying down the trackwork for their then-impending album, .5: The Gray Chapter, and no actual reason was given as to why Jordison was given the flick. Three years on, however, the snare-smashing psychopath has delivered an explanation.

Taking the stage at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards overnight, Jordison explained; “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.”

Transverse myelitis is a neurological disorder that diminishes electrical conductivity in the central nervous system, caused by an inflammation in the spinal chord. Basically, it fucks with your ability to maintain intensive levels of speed and coordination – something a thrash / nu metal drummer can’t exactly take in stride.

But, Jordison isn’t one to dwell on shitty things, speaking later of his fighting attitude to give others suffering a boost in spirit.

“I got myself back up, and I got myself in the gym and I got myself back in fucking therapy, to fucking beat this shit,” he continued. “And if I could do it, you could do 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 this shit.

“What we created in the basements of Des Moines, Iowa will never be matched,” he added, speaking of his tenure in Slipknot. “It’s one thing that’s f–king absolutely fucking unbeatable.” Jordison has played in several other projects following his 2013 exit from the band, including his Scar The Martyr passion project and the recently formed VIMIC.

Watch the full speech below (starting around 16:30)!

  • Kirkus1964

    He doesn’t say “fucking” enough.

    • Traci

      He sure fucking doesn’t. It’s a sentence enhancer that I fucking use all the fucking time

    • Kirkus1964

      I wonder how it enhances anything. Except the reader/listener’s perception that the speaker is inarticulate.

    • Morda MacMorrighan

      Fuck fuck fuckity fuck. Fuck fuck fuckity you. Stick your ass in a fuckin’ zoo where no one will say fuck around you, you prude ass fuck.

  • Jayboy from Makena

    Awesome attitude, Joey!! Definitely an inspiration… I had a hemorrhagic brain stem stroke at 24 years old. I was a professional surfer at the time, in the prime of my life, traveling the world and winning. Spirited, passionate, driven…effective. But that all ended in a quick moment…and I went from a man, to a shell of a man, to a faint whisper of a remembrance of a once-been man. It has taken me 18 years to recover to the point where I feel I am shredding again:) It took everything I had…everyday…to finally nearly fully recover. It’s amazing how my body has adapted for the couple parts that won’t recover. I am at peace with that. So often you are the only one who believes in yourself on this journey. I can only hope that you have or will have found a similar recovery, and life can resume in a satisfying way. Thanks for being a great artist, having made great contributions to music and your self-expression. I don’t know if you’ll see this: but you are pretty rad… Aloha’z! Braddah Jayboy on Maui.

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