Sources close to SLIPKNOT have told The Pulse of Radio that the official reason for drummer Joey Jordison's hospitalization over the weekend was a "burst appendix," although that has yet to be officially confirmed by either the band's record label or management. The incident led the band to cancel the rest of its tour dates for August and September to give Jordison time to recover. At the moment a planned October trek is still on the group's schedule, although dates and cities have yet to be finalized.
SLIPKNOT rarely cancels gigs and has even toured with members missing due to injuries, meaning that Jordison's condition must have been serious. Singer Corey Taylor told The Pulse of Radio last year that the band always tries to find a way to make the show go on. "I'm very proud of the fact that I've only canceled four shows in my entire career, and it was only because I was just physically unable to do it," he said. "If you're able to do it, at least get up there, you know. At least do your best. I mean, the fans appreciate that beyond anything else. I think that's why we're still here, because we've never let that stuff stop us."
SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray posted a message online in which he did not directly address the cause of Jordison's condition, but did mention that the band needed to deal with "personal issues." Gray wrote, "We are very sorry we had to cancel this leg of the tour. As you know touring is our life, getting in front of you guys and playing keeps this band alive. So it hurts us as much as you that we had to do this. There are personal issues in the band that need to be taken care of for us to continue touring. Let me emphasize Joey is not dead/dying, he is fine."
Gray added, "We are not canceling our October tour, the band is not breaking up, we are all alive. I am setting the record straight, if you don't hear it from one of us in this band then it is bullshit. We are human and shit happens and that's how life goes but we are making the best of it right now as should you."
SLIPKNOT will release a deluxe 10th anniversary edition of its 1999 self-titled debut on September 9.