FATES WARNING and ARMORED SAINT bassist Joey Vera has posted the following message on his Facebook page:
"So, I'm not looking for ANY sympathy or well wishes here, but wanted to share this in hopes of any similar experiences.
"First off, I realize there are FAR worse situations for some of us in every part of the world and this little sitch of mine is but a small wart on the universal being.
"A year ago I was snorkeling on vacation and upon exiting the ocean, I sprained the tendons in my right rotator cuff (shoulder). In September, I went through four weeks of physical therapy and then did two tours with FATES WARNING. This past January, the pain came back in a big way. This led to two MRIs and thankfully they ruled out a tear. But after doing the two tours, a gig in January, played on a record in February and another tour with FATES in April, it was ruled I acquired frozen shoulder. By May, I lost most of my range of motion and was in severe pain. I'd gotten two cortisone shots right in the joint (fun) but all it did was dissolve my muscles in the area.
"So, since then, I've been in therapy twice a week and have to stretch and ice daily.
"Happy to report I've gotten about 90% motion back and the pain is tolerable for the most part.
"I know this will take some time but has anyone had this problem? Show me some light, please.
"I haven't been able to play bass for three months, but picked it up this week. Felt good.
"No sympathy but share if you dare."
Vera started out his 30-year career as the bassist and founding member of Los Angeles-based heavy metal band ARMORED SAINT, of which he is still a member. Joey recorded six records with ARMORED SAINT before they disbanded in 1992. Shortly thereafter, Joey joined the legendary prog-metal outfit FATES WARNING, of which he is also still a member, and recorded four studio albums with them. In 2004, Joey replaced Frank Bello in ANTHRAX for a year and has since been Frank's sub whenever duty calls. Joey has spent the last couple of years touring with FATES WARNING and ARMORED SAINT and appearing on the debut ARCH/MATHEOS album.