Eyehategod’s Mike IX Williams has had a year that’s been both extremely challenging and one of the best of his life. After being found unresponsive on tour in Europe last April, he was rushed home and put on life support. Emerging from a coma, he was recovering, but this past October, it was discovered that he needed a liver transplant and both of his kidneys were failing as well. a Youcaring page was set up by his wife, and he got the transplant he needed.
He’s been recovering since, and while he and his wife aren’t out of the woods financially yet, he’ll be playing his first show back with the band next weekend. In a new interview with Clrvynt, he says he healed up nicely from the surgery, and is crushing it at life lately:
I’m feeling amazing, to be honest with you. This whole thing has been insane — it’s been a crazy ride, but I feel better than I’ve felt in ages. I mean, I’m 50 years old … I’m not a spring chicken or anything, but I have so much energy now, and my whole life seems like it’s turned around.
He also said that the last U.S. tour he did was “horrible” for him, and he shouldn’t have been on the road. He also stated that getting Philip Anselmo and Randy Blythe to sing for Eyehategod when he wasn’t able to was his idea. He says there may even be some new music when the band reconvenes with him weekend for their first show. You can read the whole interview here.