Korn’s Jonathan Davis Reveals Seizure Battles During Drug Use
Korn frontman Jonathan Davis is revealing all as the band promotes its new album, ‘The Paradigm Shift,’ out Oct. 8. Davis looked inward and spoke about his own issues, namely his drug abuse, which found him suffering from seizures and losing touch with reality.
Davis, who admitted that he was under great strain when his son was diagnosed with diabetes, revealed his addiction to benzodiazepines and detailed the subsequent withdrawal process in a chat with Metal Hammer’s radio show (heard below).
He confessed, “I stopped writing and listening to music and a lot of stuff that I love because I was really battling with this detox off of benzo’s. It’s a horrible drug; they call it Xanax at home, I don’t know what it’s called here [U.K.]. ”
The withdrawal did a number on Davis, who began to shake uncontrollably and to have paranoid delusions that his son would go blind.
He candidly shared, “I was fighting having seizures. I was shaking all the time. I couldn’t think. My brain, actually, was wired a certain way from the medicine so it had to rewire itself. I had one foot in reality and one foot out. I was freaking out. My baby had diabetes and I was like, ‘Oh my god, he’s going to lose his feet and go blind.’ Music has always been my savior, but I wasn’t having … I don’t know where I was, honestly.”
We’re just glad to report that Davis has sobered up and kicked the habit. He’s weathered the storm and dealt with the rewiring of his brain and is back with a killer new album! He appears to have found his way back to music, which can be salvation in such cases. The new Korn album is certainly a product of what he went through, and should further deepen a connection to the band’s legion of diehards.
Listen to Jonathan Davis’ Metal Hammer Interview