Shortly before Korn’s appearance at Download in 2006, frontman Jonathan Davis was hospitalised with the blood disorder ITP (idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura), which is *checks notes* ‘caused by a shortage of the small blood cells which form clots to stop bleeding’.
“I thought I was going to fucking die,” the vocalist told Kerrang!. “I was pouring blood out of my ass, my gums were bleeding, and I had bruises all over my body. I got to London and was sent to a doctor’s office where they did blood tests. I got a call saying, ‘Get your ass to the clinic right now.’ It was fucking horrible. With most people, ITP is just something that comes on, but an antibiotic brought mine on. I took that shit and it nearly killed me.”
Even though the band were forced to cancel their remaining shows on that tour, they honoured their Download commitments and enlisted the help of an all-star line-up to help complete their set. Step forward Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows, DevilDriver’s Dez Fafara, Skindred’s Benji Webbe, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, and Trivium’s Matt Heafy. Well done, gentlemen.