Joey Jordison the former Slipknot drummer who died aged 46, was awarded The Golden God at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards at the O2 in London on 13 July 2016.
MetalTalk’s Sally Newhouse was there, and has posted a video of Joey making his acceptance speech, where he talked emotionally about the problems with his health diagnosis.
“At the end of my career with Slipknot, I got really, really sick with the horrible disease called transverse myelitis,” Joey says. “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 fucking therapy – I was going to fucking beat this shit. If I can do it, you can do it. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, harder than anything.
“To anyone with transverse myelitis, or multiple sclerosis or anything like that, I am living proof that you can beat this shit.”
With the crowd emotionally involved and supportive of all his efforts and life achievements, Joey says, “The fact that Metal lives within your heart means you can accomplish anything. I wish I could thank everyone I want to, but it would take months to do it.”
Recognising the help of his partner, Joey says, “To Amanda, I love you. Thank you for saving me.”
He finishes by saying, “Enough tears. Let’s get back to the Metal. Thank you so much for acknowledging my life.”