Seriously, no one saw this coming…
Yesterday, as he accepted the coveted Golden God Award at the Metal Hammer Golden God Awards, Joey Jordison made an announcement that surprised metal fans everywhere. A disease had impacted his drumming ability, thus his departure from Slipknot was imminent.
“Towards [the] end of my career in SLIPKNOT — and I want you all to give praise to them as well. We accomplished a lot in life, every one of them, and I wish them nothing but luck and the best of praises. Cause what we created in the basements of Des Moines, Iowa will never be matched. It’s one thing that is f-ing absolutely f-ing unbeatable. I love those guys very much… 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 don’t wish on my worst enemy. I got myself back up, and I got myself in the gym, and I got myself back in f-ing therapy to f-ing beat this s-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-ing anything.”
I had questions after hearing this too… firstly, what is transverse myelitis? According to the Mayo Clinic, it’s, “an inflammation of the spinal cord, which often targets insulating material covering nerve cell fibers (myelin). Transverse myelitis may result in injury across the spinal cord, affecting sensation below the injury.” This explains the loss of feeling in his legs.
Secondly, since he “got himself back,” is there a chance he’ll return to Slipknot? We still don’t know the real story. Was he fired? Or, did he quit? Does he even care to rejoin them? He seems pretty happy with Sinsaenum right now.