The masked rockers were forced to postpone the first two weeks of a planned North American tour with Marilyn Manson in June (16), after the singer learned he had been walking around with a broken neck.

He underwent immediate surgery, and returned to the stage with a neck brace just three weeks later, although he was banned by medics from jumping around or headbanging as he continued his recovery.

Taylor, 42, has now opened up about the seriousness of the injury, revealing he behaved like a "f**king idiot" by simply putting his ailments down to his advancing age and not getting them properly checked out.

He tells Revolver magazine, "I was losing strength on my right side. My balance was screwed. The last two or three years have been weird for me, physically. But you get to a certain point where you think it's just because you're getting older."

"My doctor sent me to a specialist, and he was like, 'We need to do surgery right now,'" he recalls. "Me being me, I was like, 'Is there any way we can reschedule this for after the tour?' He's like, 'No.'"

And even Taylor was surprised by just how bad the injury had become: "He said my spinal cord injury was 20 times worse than what he's seen with UFC fighters. He pulled up the MRI and goes, 'You see that? That's really, really bad - that shouldn't even be growing like that.'"