Ex-Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison reveals why he left band

Departure was down to illness

Drummer Joey Jordison has revealed the reason that he parted ways with Slipknot.

When Jordison left the metal outfit in 2013, his departure was put down to “personal reasons”. He had been in the group since 1995, releasing four albums with the band.

The drummer attended the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards on Sunday (June 12). While accepting the award, Jordison revealed that a neurological disorder he suffers from was to blame for his departure from Slipknot.


“I got really really sick with a horrible disease called transverse myelitis, I lost my legs,” he told the audience. “I couldn’t play any more. It was a form of multiple sclerosis, which I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.”

Jordison went on to explain the extent of his rehabilitation. He recently started a new band called Vimic.

He continued: “I got myself back up, and I got myself in the gym and I got myself back in fucking therapy, to fucking beat this shit. And, if I could do it, you could do it. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, more than fucking anything. To people with multiple sclerosis, transverse myelitis, anything like that, I am living proof that you can fucking beat that shit.”

Watch Jordison discuss his illness at the 16:30 mark in the video below.

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has meanwhile hinted that the band will change their sound in order to continue moving forward.

The masked metal act released their most recent album, ‘.5: The Gray Chapter’, in 2014. Speaking to US radio DJ Full Metal Jackie, Taylor was asked how he envisions the future of the band and how they will adapt as they get older.


Taylor admitted this was something he and his bandmates have already begun thinking about. “It’s something that me and Clown and Jim have kind of been talking about for a couple of months now. Like, where do we go? I mean, this band has always tried to find the path less traveled,” he said.

“We’ve always tried to expand the range of the music that we’re making and find new ways to speak our piece, find new ways to kind of push our agenda and our message. And it’s getting to the point where, at some point, the music will have to evolve. And I think from day one until this album, it has. We’ve done really great things to broaden our musical horizons. At the same time, though, at some point it’s gonna have to twist and it’s gonna have to change even more, because when does the war end? When do you feel like you’ve said everything you need to say on that subject?”

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