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Korn’s Jonathan Davis Speaks on Xanax Addiction: ‘I Had One Foot in Reality and One Foot Out’

Jonathan Davis of Korn
Mary Ouellette,

Korn singer Jonathan Davis addressed some pretty serious topics in a recent radio interview. Along with the band’s upcoming album ‘The Paradigm Shift,’ and the record’s first single, ‘Never Never,’ Davis went in-depth about his personal struggles with addiction and how the stress of his son’s diabetes diagnosis added on to the vocalist’s issues.

With guitarist Brian ‘Head’ Welch‘s return to Korn, the mood within the band is mostly triumphant and brotherly, but not without its cracks. During an interview with the Metal Hammer Magazine Show on TeamRock radio last week, Davis was extremely candid about his addiction to benzodiazepines. According to Davis, he is now clear of drugs, but the weight of addiction still weighs heavy on the vocalist.

Davis professes:

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.]. 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.

Korn’s 11th studio album, ‘The Paradigm Shift,’ is due for an Oct. 8 release. Listen to Jonathan Davis’ interview with Metal Hammer below.

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