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Slipknot Guitarist Jim Root Has Undergone Emergency Back Surgery


It’s been a feisty time in the Emergency ward for Slipknot members of late: frontman Corey Taylor underwent a serious operation earlier in the year because he – fucking somehow – broke his neck without even realising, and now, guitarist Jim Root has found himself in a similar situation.

The unholy saint of shreddery posted on his Instagram yesterday that, at some point during the band’s headline set at the Louder Than Life festival this week, he totally fucked up his vertebrae. He’s taken the whole situation in lightheartedly, though, noting that “haemorrhaged disks are an occupational hazard for metal bands.”

Fortunately, too, Root is recovering awesomely. “Other than being a bit sore and spun out from jet lag and Norco’s [sic] it’s all good,” he mentioned. Like Taylor, he won’t be “as mobile” as he normally is onstage, but the seminal shred unit will still take to the stage for all previously announced tour dates – that includes their upcoming Oz run, which kicks off in just a few weeks!

Read the full statement from Jim Root below!

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted… a quick update before I disappear again. First of all, many many thanks to all of you for the birthday wishes. Thank you. From the bottom of my heart I appreciate it. 2nd of all… seems as if fractured vertebrae and hemorrhaged disks are an occupational hazard for metal bands. So. Early in the morning after Louder Than Life in Louisville I flew out for disk replacement surgery. Had the procedure this morning and other than being a bit sore and spun out from jet lag and Norco’s it’s all good. Although I won’t be as “mobile” onstage as before I’m looking very forward to the upcoming Knotfest shows and places we’ll be going in between… And lastly. That wasn’t quick. I spent way too much time typing all this out and most of you guys will lose interest and probably not even read the entire thing! Dicks. 😉 this message brought to you by Norco narcotics. See ya…. #neckbreaker #ughlife #knotfest #yermother #sweetfuckinbooties.

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Tour Dates

Friday October 28th – Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
Tix: livenation.com.au

Saturday October 29th – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
Tix: livenation.com.au

Monday October 31st – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Tix: livenation.com.au

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