Mayorga: "I'm coming back and really giving it."
He said MRIs showed that years of whipping his head while drumming dissected an artery on the back of his neck, causing the stroke. "It was pretty scary," he says. "I couldn't walk, I couldn't really move my left side really well. It was horrible.
"I basically was not playing or doing anything music for a good seven, eight months. And then I got better, I got off the meds, and got the confidence again to play drums and got behind the kit and then started recording this new album."
He says his recovery has been complete, and the only medication he now takes is baby aspirin, which he'll take for the rest of his life.
"Almost two years later, I'm pretty much back to normal, and it's a miracle, man, I gotta say. I thank God and the universe and lucky stars I'm still here today. I'm just glad that's over with and I'm able to still walk and play drums and still be here with my family."
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Stone Sour's tour schedule is as follows:
20 - Bethlehem, PA - Sands Bethlehem Events Center
22 - Niagara Falls, NY - Rapids Theatre
23 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
25 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom
26 - Ft. Wayne, IN - Piere's
27 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
29 - Minneapolis, MN - The Myth
30 - Kansas City, MO - The Midland Theatre
1 - Amarillo, TX - Aztec Music Hall
2 - Lubbock, TX - Lonestar Pavilion
4 - Midland, TX - Midland Horseshoe Arena
5 - College Station, TX - Hurricane Harry's
7 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Amphitheatre
8 - Pharr, TX - Pharr Entertainment Center
9 - Laredo, TX - Laredo Energy Center
12 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee theatre
13 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia
15 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint
16 - Salt Lake City, UT - Salt Air
17 - Denver, CO - Fillmore
As previously reported, Stone Sour are the latest addition to the UK's Download Festival. They join the previously announced: ALICE IN CHAINS, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, COAL CHAMBER, THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM, IRON MAIDEN (headline Saturday, June 15th) , HIM, MOTÖRHEAD, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, RAMMSTEIN (headline Sunday, June 16th), SLIPKNOT (headline Friday, June 14), 30 SECONDS TO MARS, VOLBEAT.
More bands will be announced soon.
For more details visit Downloadfestival.co.uk.