Corrosion of Conformity drummer Reed Mullin suffered pre-show seizure, ousted from band for substance abuse
New Orleans metal royalty Corrosion of Conformity are currently on tour with Lamb of God and Clutch, but the tour has unfortunately run into some sad complications. CoC drummer Reed Mullin suffered a seizure last night (6/5) before a show in Edmonton, Alberta, something that his bandmates attributed to "prolonged, extreme and unhealthy levels of alcohol consumption, not taking care of himself and who-knows-what else." This also follows a seizure that Reed had a few years ago while on tour with the band. So as of now, Reed is out in order to (hopefully) seek treatment and get his health back on track. That quote above is from bassist Mike Dean, who issued a statement that has a general tone of anger and disappointment with Reed.
This won't lead to any missed dates, as the drummers from Clutch and Lamb of God are both filling in on some songs. Hopefully Reed can get healthy and rejoin the band soon. You can read Mike Dean's full statement below.
Last night In Edmonton, Alberta, COC drummer, Reed Mullin, had a seizure just as we were about to take the stage. This was preceded by prolonged, extreme and unhealthy levels of alcohol consumption, not taking care of himself and who-knows-what else. Reed has been unwell for awhile and we are praying he gets the help he needs and that he seek treatment for alcohol and drug dependency, not to mention general lifestyle assistance. This tragic event echoes a nearly identical incident In Pittsburgh a few years back, where Reed had a seizure just before taking the stage when the 3 piece version of the band were also opening for Clutch. Both instances were preceded by concerns about Reed's well being and appearance. That incident resulted in five canceled shows. So years of assurances go by and we come full circle back to the same avoidable tragedy. This time we are leaving Reed with the medical experts in Edmonton and pressing on with the help of Jean Paul Gaster [Clutch] and Chris Adler [Lamb of God], who quickly learned some songs. The show went on and will go on but we will not enable Reed to continue killing himself on our watch. Again we ask everyone for prayers for Reed and understanding for our predicament. All the best to everyone and Reed get help.