In honor of Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne and Slipknot’s Corey Taylor appear on the cover of Revolver’s August/September issue, which will hit newsstands on August 9 and is available for purchase online right now!

KONTAK PERKASA FUTURES – Below, you can also read an excerpt from the issue’s cover story, written by Dan Epstein. In this section, Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor explains how his neck injury ironically has its roots in 1999’s Ozzfest.

Unfortunately, Corey Taylor may be the only person at Ozzfest Meets Knotfest who won’t be banging his head, thanks to the emergency spinal surgery he was forced to undergo in early June, when it was discovered in the course of a routine physical that he’d been walking around for years with a broken neck.

“I was describing these symptoms that I was having to my doctor,” he recalls. “I was losing strength on my right side, my balance was screwed. Seriously, the last two or three years have been weird for me, physically. But you get to a certain point where you think it’s just because you’re getting older…

“My doctor sent me to a specialist, and he was like, ‘Oooh, yeah—we need to do surgery right now.’ Me being me, I was like, ‘Is there any way we can reschedule this for after the tour?’ And he’s like, ‘No.’ [Laughs] He said my spinal cord injury was 20 times worse that what he’s seen with UFC fighters; he pulled up the MRI, and he goes, ‘You see that? That’s really, really bad! That shouldn’t even be growing like that.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, shit. You could have been paralyzed, dumbass!’”

Ironically, Corey Taylor believes that the root of the problem can be traced back to the fall he took off the Ozzfest second stage in 1999. “My foot slipped off a monitor, and I fell four or five feet off the stage and landed on my head,” he recalls. “I think that was what caused my two vertebrae to compact around the discs. Of course, being 25 and stupid, I didn’t do anything about it. ‘I can move my head, I’m fine!’” he laughs.

“The funny thing was, I had staples in the top of my head at the time, from an earlier accident where I’d walked into a cherry picker. And after I fell off the stage, I went to the EMT to have them check on the staples, and not my neck. I was such a fucking idiot, it’s just not even funny! And then I just kind of forgot about it; but over the years, the headbanging and everything else I’ve done just exacerbated it to the point where the disc was crushed into my spinal cord.”

Corey Taylor’s surgery, which involved replacing the disc and shaving back the vertebrae that had compacted around it, forced Slipknot to delay its summer tour with Marilyn Manson and Of Mice & Men by three weeks. Though he’s been given the all-clear to perform, he’ll have to keep his head immobilized while he’s onstage—which will admittedly be something of a challenge for such a dynamic performer.

“I’m not going to be able to go as crazy as I’d like,” he admits, “but the band has been fantastically supportive. They all hit me up, like, ‘We’re thinking about you, and we just want to make sure you’re OK. Don’t worry about any- thing; just get better, and let us do the heavy work for this tour.’ It was good to feel that kind of respect. You know how this band is sometimes—it gets a little crazy, so that meant a lot to me.

“My doctor says that, if I follow my regimen, I’ll be back to 90 percent recovered by the end of the year. Until then, I’ve just gotta make sure I can sing great, hit the parts and work the crowd—and make sure they’re having a great fucking time!

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