Former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison has revealed 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 13th) while accepting an award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in London, England.

He revealed, “Towards the end of my career in Slipknot, I got really, really sick with a horrible disease called transverse myelitis. I lost my legs. I couldn’t play anymore. It was a form of multiple sclerosis, which I don’t wish on my worst enemy. I got myself back up, and I got myself in the gym, and I got myself back in f**king therapy to f**king beat this s**t. And if I could do it, you could do it. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, more than f**king anything.”

  • 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.

SIDE NOTES: 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.


  • Do you think Slipknot dismissed Jordison simply because he couldn’t play and they didn’t want to wait for him to get better?
  • Or was there something else going on with him? Why all the talk about him and the band not being in the same place?
  • Could a band be that callous to not wait for one of their founding members to get better?

INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth — agree or not?

Sean Michael Lange wrote: “Kind of bizarre. If his departure was health related – why not just come out with it? Why the ‘we’re moving in different directions’ bulls**t. Clearly the health issue was not the only factor at play here.”

Jayrodgro Grovesyj wrote: “Multiple Sclerosis has no cure and sufferers gradually deteriorate over the years. So to tell sufferers of MS that they can ‘beat that s**t’ indicates 2 things. firstly he’s insensitive, secondly he’s still on drugs to say something silly like that. And if the disease he claims to have in the story is true, then why was he fired and the reasons kept secret?”

Nikülas Bearcrusher wrote: “Yeah somethings fishy about all this. The little bits of info we got really shaped the image of a falling out.”

Moosh Wuyts wrote: “I’m very impressed, well done Joey, you were faced with an intense obstacle and you kicked its ass. You’re still an a****le and a sub par drummer though, but yeah well done.”

Dustin Szaraz wrote: “I’m sure drugs had something to do with the split but if his disease is anything like MS it’s extremely painful all the time in severe cases and you can lead to being prescribed high doses opiates. Which can lead to heroin abuse. It’s a terrible cycle.”