Possessed’s Jeff Becerra has revealed that he is currently recovering from flap surgery. The frontman said the following about that on Instagram:
“Week six after surgery. Had a skin flap reconstructive surgery which essentially is cutting out a large spot of flesh from my tailbone all the way down to the bone, grinding down the bone 🦴 and removing all the dead bone. After that, a horseshoe shaped incision is cut all the way around my buttocks and filleted, then a slash up the side towards my back to allow the entire piece to pivot over to cover the wound. The entire thing is then stitched 🧵 together from the inside, again stitched mid flesh, and stapled together all the way around. Special thanks to my plastic surgeon Dr Charles P Virden MD Reno Nevada (much# respect). This surgery may have just saved my life.”
Floor Jansen (Nightwish) has revealed that she is currently recovering from gallbladder surgery. The singer underwent the operation after suffering pain from gallstones and pancreatitis.
Jansen said the following:
“I had a case of Murphy’s Law hitting me….😢
even though the picture might suggest it’s all peachy. That’s to keep a positive spirit, sun on my face, life is good! 🤗 But challenging at times….
I was in the hospital last week. In Finland, where I went to rehearse with my dear brothers in Nightwish for our virtual shows next month. So incredibly great to see them after all that time (over a year!)
After the first rehearsal day I woke up to severe stomach pains and decided this was not normal. Once at the hospital I got what you call a gallstone attack. Turned out I had pains because of a huge amount of gallstones, and pancreatitis. I needed my gallbladder removed but because of the pancreatitis they couldn’t do it at once. The day after they took a scarred gallbladder out, with 15 stones in it! Emppu calls me stone henge from now on 🪨😂🪨
It turned my trip into something quite different. But I am most grateful for the amazing care I received at the hospital in Joensuu! And for all the love and support from my band and friends and family! And grateful for my own body. For taking this so well, I made a promise to take extra good care of it! 👊🏻
I’ll need to recover for a few more weeks but look forward to the virtual shows! And for spring, that is right at our doorstep 🌷☀️ 🙏🏻”
During an appearance on the “Guitar Villains” video podcast, Steve Vai discussed his recent trigger finger surgery. The guitarist says he had to undergo the operation after injuring himself while working on a new “acoustic vocal” album:
“I was doing this fun thing, and I had to put my thumb in this really weird position. And I had to kind of hold this chord really for a long time — I was meditating on it. And I knew it was a hard position, and I just kept sitting there and playing it and playing and playing, and 20 minutes later, I’d kind of come out, and I [felt pain in my hand]. So I kind of sprained this, and then, all of a sudden, I developed trigger finger… My wife said, ‘Don’t show anybody,’ ’cause they did that operation and they cut in there, and the guy’s fooling around with everything in there, and it’s really bizarre. But it’s all fine — it’s something very simple that they can fix. But I won’t be able to play for a while.”
Ben Orum (All Shall Perish, Oblivion, etc.) has revealed that he is currently recovering after undergoing neck surgery. He said the following about that on Facebook:
“Over the last 3 years I’ve had shooting electrical pains down my left arm and my fingers on my left hand have become completely numb (certifical radiculopathy). after two MRIs we descovered a pinched nerve in my neck with my discs almost completely eroded at my c5-c7 with severe spinal stenosis on top of this. I wasn’t comfortable sitting, standing, laying down but worst of all, picking up a guitar was almost impossible for me and that was very emotional. I decided it was finally time for neck surgery to fix it. Yesterday they replaced two of my cervical discs with artificial discs, and I’m happy to report I am already feeling relief. Time to slow down a bit and recover.. Send good vibes, Love you all.”
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A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to help raise money for former Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di’Anno, who is in need of knee surgery. The following was said about that:
“Paul waited for the past 5-6 years to get this surgery done but now it looks the only way to get it done and quick is privately. Please donate as much as you can so we can make it happen for Paul. We know times are hard for everyone now but every little helps. If we all get together we can make this happen for him.”
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.”
Whitesnake’s David Coverdale previously revealed that he was planning to have surgery for a bilateral inguinal hernia. Now, the frontman has officially undergone the operation. He tweeted the following about that:
Nickelback’s Daniel Adair recently underwent surgery for radial tunnel syndrome. The drummer says he has “healed fine” and is currently working on getting his chops back.
“I’ve been off the socials for a bit and thought I should give everybody an update.
Over the past several years I have been experiencing increased difficulty with control in my right hand on the drums. After seeing many teachers/specialists and physicians, one of them finally diagnosed the cause. Seems I had a pinched nerve in my forearm which caused some of my muscles not to activate, making my wrist twist in a mechanically inaccurate motion. It’s called Radial Tunnel Syndrome and he said it was pretty rare. Don’t know what the cause is, there was no pain or damage.
So luckily I got minor surgery right before the Covid outbreak happened. They just cut some muscle away and let the nerve breath again. I’ve healed fine and am basically learning how to use my right hand! It’s very exciting though, it’s amazing what one nerve can change. So, personally it’s a great time for me to be in isolation and get my chops together.
Hope everybody is well out there!”
Whitesnake have cancelled all of their upcoming U.S. and European dates, including their tour with Sammy Hagar and Night Ranger. This news comes as David Coverdale is preparing to undergo surgery for a bilateral inguinal hernia.
“Once again it breaks my heart to be the bearer of even more sad news affecting Whitesnake’s touring schedule for this increasingly challenging year, 2020.
All tours, Europe, UK & US, are being cancelled owing to health issues, related specifically to a bilateral inguinal hernia requiring me to have surgery.
At this time, I can only offer You & my amazing musicians in Whitesnake & our crew my love & my sincere apologies & also my regrets to my friends in Foreigner, Europe & Sammy Hagar for this unforeseen personal health issue, which I will have addressed at the first possible opportunity. Until then, I send my love to you & yours & hopefully we will meet again along the road.”
Stone Temple Pilots have revealed that vocalist Jeff Gutt will be undergoing surgery for a “severely herniated disc.” As a result, the band’s upcoming acoustic tour has been cancelled.
The group commented:
“We are sorry to announce that we must cancel the upcoming Perdida acoustic tour. Our brother Jeff has a severely herniated disc and doctors have advised immediate surgery which will require weeks of recovery time and physical therapy.
Thankfully Jeff is expected to make a full recovery and we will continue with our Australian tour with Live and Bush in April, the summer tour with Nickelback, and we hope to reschedule the Perdida tour later this year.
Everyone who purchased tickets for the Perdida tour will get full refunds for their tickets at point of purchase.
Thank you all for your understanding. We love you all and hope to see you on the road again soon.”
As previously reported, Stone Temple Pilots’ new album “Perdida” will be released on February 7.