Insane Clown Posse Will Retire From Touring; Violent J Reveals Heart Condition
The Insane Clown Posse have revealed that they’re going to retire from touring — although not from playing live — following a final farewell tour.
The reason? The duo’s co-founder, Violent J (né Joseph Bruce, above left), is suffering from atrial fibrillation. The American Heart Association describes the disorder as “a quivering or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications.”
Violent J made the announcement during ICP’s performance at this past week’s Gathering of the Juggalos (as transcribed by Lambgoat):
“For those of you that haven’t been to my house, the studio is probably 40 yards from my front door. I noticed walking out to the studio every day, by the time I got to the fucking studio, I was winded. Then when I’d walk up to my mailbox, I’d be like, ‘Oh fuck, I’ve got to take a break.’ What the fuck’s the problem?’
“We went to the hospital to see what’s going on… They did an ultrasound… The lady was looking at my heart, we could tell she was tripping about something, but she wasn’t a doctor. The doctors were all tied up upstairs in the hospital, understandably. She told me, ‘They want you to go straight home, get in bed and they’ll call you first thing in the morning.’
“…They called before the birds even woke up and fucking told me to go to the hospital. They took me in the back and shit, and basically they just came out and told me I had heart failure. That scared the shit out of me because we don’t have that in our family…”
Violent J then went on to discuss ICP’s plans for the future in light of the news:
“We’re gonna do one more tour next year around the world. We’re gonna do the United States, and then we’re gonna go to Europe, Canada and Australia. It’s gonna be a farewell tour. That don’t mean we’re not playing. We’re gonna play every Juggalo weekend, every Hallowicked, every fucking [Big Ballers Christmas Party], every event. We’re gonna do a show somewhere every month — one show a month is our plan … I want to make it clear, making music is not affected in any way, shape or form by anything going on with Shaggy or myself health-wise.”
You can watch video of Violent J discussing the condition at the Gathering below.