During a recent interview with Classic Rock, Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell revealed that he underwent spinal surgery in September to have some “crushed discs” removed. According to him, the procedure was “daunting” and he even had to have his voice box removed at one point.
Farrell said the following [transcribed by NME]:
“[The surgery] was successful. I have crushed discs in my neck, mostly from partying and leaning back my head to rip out notes and surfing and dancing around… There’s a long list.
They had to remove my voice box and put it on a table. That was daunting.
They literally exposed my skeleton, took the discs out and put in artificial discs. So now I am a quarter inch taller and twice as attractive to my wife.”
He also went on to say that it was the “luck of the draw” that he has lived as long as he has:
“I guess it’s the luck of the draw. I’ve overdosed numerous times, been lost at sea… They just keep sending me back, I don’t question it.”