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Insane Clown Posse’s Violent J Suffering From Heart Failure, Farewell Tour Planned For 2022


Insane Clown Posse are planning a 2022 farewell tour as one half of the duo, Violent J (aka Joseph Bruce), has revealed that he has been suffering from heart-related issues. He made the announcement as part of a seminar during this past weekend’s ‘Gathering Of The Juggalos‘ in Thornville, OH, offering:

“During COVID, during the time of COVID… For those of you that haven’t been to my house, the studio is probably 40 yards from my front door. So I noticed walking out to the studio every day, by the time I got to the fucking studio, I was winded. I’d be like, ‘What the fuck man, am I really this weak from not doing any shows all during COVID or whatever?’ Like what the fuck, I’m all winded and shit? Then when I’d walk up to my mailbox in the front, I’d be like ‘Oh fuck, I’ve got to take a break. What the fuck’s the problem?’

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So finally my brother took me to the hospital. We went to the hospital to see what’s going on. We didn’t want to go to the hospital because it was all packed full of COVID patients, I didn’t have COVID or anything like that.

They did what they call an ultrasound. You know when they check for a baby? They did the same fucking thing. They put some gel over my heart and the lady was looking at my heart. We could tell she was tripping about something, but she wasn’t a doctor.

So she kept saying the doctor will be down here soon. The doctors were all tied up upstairs in the hospital and shit, understandably. She told me, ‘They want you to go straight home, get in bed and they’ll call you first thing in the morning.’

So I kinda had a feeling they were gonna tell me to go to the hospital when they called, and they told me to go to the hospital, you know what I’m saying? When they called, they called before the birds even woke up and fucking told me to go to the hospital, so Rob took me to the hospital.

They took me in the back and shit, and basically they just came out and told me that I have heart failure. That scared the shit out of me because we don’t have that running in our family or nothing. Well we don’t really know our relatives on the Bruce side… But far as we know, we don’t have it running in our family since my mom never had any shit like that.

So I was like ‘woah fucking heart failure, what the fuck man?’ Really scary. So basically they started doing all these… So the heart is like two parts and they beat in a fucking rhythm… Well my two parts were both pretty much spasming out. We don’t really know why.

So they gave me all these medications to see if it would just knock it back into normal rhythm and nothing was working, I was in there for probably four to five days. Then they took me into the basement and they did this thing where they put me out and they put the big fucking shockers on ya.

And they did that and they said ‘It’s either gonna work or not.’ So they did that and they were like ‘It didn’t work, but we’re gonna try again tomorrow.’

So they did it again and I woke up and they said ‘It’s working, but it can go back any minute.’ So they drove me home and it was weird because when I got out of the car and walked to the house I was 100% back to normal, it was very fucking strange.

Like after feeling like that for a couple of weeks, all of a sudden I was right back to where I’ve always been. I could run out to the fucking mailbox and back no problem. But they said any minute it could flip back. And it flipped back probably three days later.

So I went back to the hospital, and I have what they call an AFib, and there’s two types of AFibs as I understand it. There’s like a lesser minor one and a more serious one and they told me that I have the more serious one.”

He then went on to detail himself undergoing a procedure in which they burned scar tissue off his heart to try to correct its rhythm. He continued of that:

“When I woke up, they said, ‘You’re doing alright, you’re beating normal. But it could flip back any moment from now to six years from now.’ And they said ‘Once it flips back, basically you’re gonna be like…’ There’s a lot of people that live long lives with AFib… I don’t feel weaker. I mean if anybody wants to fucking test me, they can jump up.

I don’t feel weaker, but it’s very embarrassing and very not cool to have to say that you’re taking a step backwards. ‘Cause you grow up, you get stronger as you get older, you get better you get better at the shit you do. You maintain that for awhile, but there comes a time in everybody’s life where you kind of have to take your first step backward.

And yeah, I’m 49, I’m taking my step back sooner than a lot of people, but the point is, each and every person alive, if they’re lucky, will one day have to take their step back. Nobody escapes the trials and tribulations of being human, nobody.

This don’t mean anything, that I’m gonna die or anything like that. It just means basically, we can’t do things the way we used to do. So…there’s really no way around it. We can’t really tour no more the way we were touring.

We’re gonna do one more tour next year around the world. We’re gonna do all the major markets the United States, and the b markets, and then we’re gonna go to Europe and Canada and Australia. It’s gonna be a slow tour, so it’s only gonna be like 3 or 4 shows a week. And that’s gonna be a farewell tour.

But check it out, this is a fact right here. That don’t mean we’re not playing. We’re gonna play every Juggalo weekend, every Hallowicked, every fucking Ballers, every event. Pretty much we’re gonna do a show somewhere every month—one show a month is our plan. It’s gonna be somewhere different.

So eventually we’ll probably come to your town. But we’re definitely going to come to your town on the farewell tour next year… It’s just a case of, it’s not a wise move… They’re not really too amped on me doing shows, period. But it’s not a very wise move to get out and play six shows a week with that situation…”

He later continued:

“So, to let everybody know, yeah ya know we’re not gonna be touring the way we used to, and that’s why we felt it was important to go ahead and come clean about the situation. But we’re gonna play all the time, we been playing, we been doing shows. And we’re gonna try to make the farewell tour the fucking dopest…”

He went on to add:

“Without touring, that absolutely means we’re gonna put out much more music. I want to make it clear, making music is not affected in any way, shape or form by anything going on with Shaggy or myself health-wise. We’re ready to fucking kick ass in the studio and that’s a fact.”

They also announced that they are planning an 80s hair metal themed live show, complete with a band a new song in that vein for September with more details to come.

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