Already wearing a neck brace after spinal surgery that pushed back the kick-off of his band’s tour with Marilyn Manson, Slipknot singer Corey Taylor suffered a scary moment during a show in Atlanta on Wednesday night when he fell off the stage. As first reported by Blabbermouth, during the gig at Lakewood Amphitheatre, fans reported that Taylor “took a hard fall,” at the end of the band’s set and that he “couldn’t walk when they picked him up.”
The singer — who previously said he broke his neck “a while back” but didn’t deal with it until the pain became unbearable, took to Twitter a few hours later to assure his followers that he was okay, but that the tumble definitely hurt like hell. “I THINK that fall was one for the ages haha!,” he wrote. “DAMN it hurt.”
ATL: haha don't worry, I'm okay! I THINK that fall was one for the ages haha! DAMN it hurt- but DAMN what a crowd! See you again soon!#CMFT
— Jalapeno Throat, LLC (@CoreyTaylorRock) June 30, 2016
Another attendee who said they were in the front row told Blabbermouth, “After the usual thanking and waving to the crowd, Corey Taylor collapsed on stage and had to be carried off by the stage crew. As I was leaving, EMTs were rushing backstage. Throughout the show he was clearly in pain from his neck but still clearly gave it all he could. The neck pain/previous injury plus the 95º Atlanta heat and his fully-covering outfit=a downed frontman. He was shaking and looked to not be in a good way as they pulled him off.”
Taylor has been chronicling his neck issues on Twitter, writing before the tour’s opening date in Nashville, “1st day back: Nashville. Haven’t smoked in 2 months. Broken neck, weird scar.” The tour with Manson was pushed back nearly three week after Taylor’s surgery.
— Jalapeno Throat, LLC (@CoreyTaylorRock) June 28, 2016
Taylor previously informed fans that he was on a strict no headbanging or jumping regime put in place by his doctors after undergoing what he termed some “unplanned spinal surgery.” He promised to “sing my ass off” once he was back on stage and predicted that he’d be back to 100 percent in a year or so. Taylor and the rest of the masked Iowa band are known for their intensely physical performances, which often result in on-stage injuries, which over the years have ranged from third-degree burns to broken ribs, ankles and knuckles to whiplash, head lacerations and concussions.
The Manson/Slipknot tour soldiers on with a planned gig at the Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Friday.