After performing the second date of the band’s rescheduled tour in a neck brace – just three weeks after undergoing emergency spinal surgery – the frontman collapsed onstage after the Spit It Out encore, with some maggots reporting that he had to be carried off by crew.
Following the incident, the masked one quickly took to Twitter to assure fans that he was OK, saying “I THINK that fall was one for the ages haha!” and now, footage has emerged to show just how epic CT’s stack attack actually was (below).
The fan-shot clip shows the maggot master tripping and basically falling arse-over-mask off the stage, as his legs flail in the air. Members of the crew immediately rush to help and pick the frontman up, before he staggers away himself (so not quite as dramatic as some fan accounts led us to believe).
“Throughout the show he was clearly in pain from his neck but still clearly gave it all he could,” one maggot told Blabbermouth. “The neck pain/previous injury plus the 95º (35ºC) 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.”
Atlanta was the second show of Slipknot’s rescheduled North American tour following Taylor’s unplanned surgery. The first took place in Nashville, where the Masked Ones busted out a 17-song set and Taylor told the crowd: “Let’s address the elephant in the room: I fucking broke my neck. But there was no way I wasn’t coming to Nashville to do this show.”
He later added: “It sure is weird playing with this pillow on my neck.”
The frontman has been ordered by doctors to refrain from his usual live antics such as jumping around like a maniac and headbanging for at least six months until his injury fully heals, so the impromptu stage fall can’t have been good for his recovery.