Slipknot's Corey Taylor

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Elaborates On Injury That Led To Recent Spinal Surgery


Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor has talked about the state of his neck and the recent surgery he underwent, in which he had two discs replaced. Earlier this summer Taylor had emergency spinal surgery, which forced Slipknot to postpone the first leg of dates of their ongoing tour with Marilyn Manson and Of Mice & Men. Speaking with 93x (see below) on how he was living with the injury, which stemmed from essentially breaking his neck years ago, he offered:

“It’s been the last few years of my life, just something physically wrong. The strength in my ride side was completely gone. I had the strength of an 80-year-old, basically—In fact, I probably would have lost a fight to an actual 80-year-old. That’s how bad it was—and it sucked.”

On how the injury itself:

“There was a host of different things, but essentially what had happened was, and the only thing I can think of is, I fell offstage in ’99 and landed on top my head. I fell four feet off stage, landed. Being 25, I just kind of brushed it off – ‘I can still feel everything, I must be fine.’ Meanwhile what had actually happened was my c5 and c6, basically it was compound fracture, compressed together, crushed the disc, and then slowly but surely started growing into my spinal cord. The doctor couldn’t believe that I was walking. He was like ‘I don’t know how you walked in here.’ It literally was, we went from zero to surgery like that. That’s why it was emergency spinal surgery.”

On returning to the stage so quickly after surgery:

“The doctor told me that I could go out and sing after two weeks. I waited three, you know? I made sure that I could do something. Yeah, I probably should have waited a little longer, but I didn’t want to.”

As for his recent fall onstage in Atlanta, GA:

“It looked worse than it was… Yeah, I jumped up, and as soon as I jumped I knew, ‘I’m not going to clear this’, It was wet, and that’s why. And my feet went out from underneath me, hit my leg first and then fell over… The reason I took my time was because I just wanted to make sure I didn’t break anything and that I didn’t reaggravate anything. The video looks terrible—but I’m laying on the ground just laughing my ass off.”

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