Former SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison revealed earlier this week that he has been fighting transverse myelitis, an inflammatory disorder that temporarily robbed him of the ability to play drums. Jordison and the members of SLIPKNOT have been silent and evasive about the reasons for his dismissal from the band in December 2013, but Jordison finally spoke about it on Monday night (June 13) while accepting an award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in London, England.
After the ceremony in London, Metal Hammer spoke with Jordison, who gave further details on his condition. He said: "It was at the end of the memorial shows we did for [late SLIPKNOT bassist] Paul Gray. We were in Canada, at the end of my last run of shows with SLIPKNOT, and something happened to me but I didn't know what it was. I was super ill.
"You can be sick and still play, but this was something I'd never felt in my life before. We found out what I have is transverse myelitis — a neurological condition that hits your spinal cord, and it wiped my legs out completely. It's like having your legs cut off, basically.
"I played those last couple of shows and it scared the living shit out of me. I didn't know what it was."
Jordison added that some people thought he was "fucked up" when they saw him in pain, but he claimed "I wasn't even drinking. Everything was straight-laced and fucking perfect. Everything was on point.
"But I had to be carried to the stage. The pain was something I'd never experienced in my life before, and I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy."
Back in 2014, SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor told Metal Hammer that firing Jordison was "one of the hardest decisions" the group ever made, adding that Jordison is "in a place in his life" which is "not where we are."
At the time, Taylor told the magazine that he could not get into the details behind Jordison's firing "for legal reasons."
Jordison was a founding member of the band, one of its main songwriters and drummer for SLIPKNOT for 18 years.
SLIPKNOT's current drummer is Jay Weinberg, son of longtime Bruce Springsteen drummer Max Weinberg.
Jordison's new band, called VIMIC, will release its debut album, "Open Your Omen", later in the year.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, transverse myelitis is a neurological condition produced by abnormal inflammation in the spinal cord, resulting in a block of the nerve impulses and neurologic symptoms. Transverse myelitis is a rare disease, with a frequency estimated to be five new cases for every one million people.