Taylor admitted he actually broke his neck “a while back”, but hadn’t realised it until the pain became so severe that he had to admit himself to hospital. He has had two discs in his neck replaced as well as surgery on his vertebrae.
Taylor wrote on Facebook: “Regretfully, I’m sending this to our fans to inform you that we will be postponing the first couple of weeks of our upcoming US tour. Unfortunately, I had to undergo an unplanned spinal surgery. I am recovering nicely, and all went well. I need a little recovery time before hitting the stage.”
After initially stating that the tour with Manson would be cancelled until August, Taylor said the tour would resume on June 28 and then “continue as previously scheduled”. He added: “I hope you all understand, and thanks for always having my back.”
The tour, which ends on August 5, is Slipknot and Manson’s first joint tour together. There are no shows outside North America on the tour, which also features Of Mice And Men.
Taylor previously revealed that he is to be a guest on an episode of the forthcoming series of QI on BBC2, appearing with comedians Ross Noble, Aisling Bea and Alan Davies as well as new host Sandi Toksvig.
— Aisling Bea (@WeeMissBea) May 9, 2016
Meanwhile, Slipknot percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan has directed a new film. Officer Downe opened in the US on Friday (June 3).