Staying healthy on road isn’t an easy proposition. Given all the travel that takes place, there aren’t always good food options, and musicians will often find themselves chowing down on unhealthy food at a rest area. Chances are, they’re touring in a van, which doesn’t really lend itself to all that much sleep. And then there’s the lifestyle of being a rock star, which usually involves, at the very least, alcohol on your tour rider and fans that want to buy you drinks and/or give you drugs.
The reason we bring this up is that last night in Edmonton, Alberta, Corrosion of Conformity drummer Reed Mullin suffered a seizure that bassist Mike Dean suggested in a Facebook post was brought on by alcohol and drugs. The band have been on tour with Lamb of God and Clutch since early May, and their respective drummers, Chris Adler and Jean Paul Gaster, will fill in for the remaining shows tonight and tomorrow. Here’s what Dean said about the incident:
The band added in the comments to the original post that Dean’s quote “may not reflect the views of the entire family as they confront the reality and public response.” Here’s hoping that Mullin recovers from his seizure and gets the help he needs, whether it’s drug and alcohol-related or not. In the coming weeks, we’ll be talking to bands and sharing tips about how they stay healthy on the road.