The singer says he needed the procedure after years of partying, surfing, dancing and "leaning back my head to rip out notes" took a toll on his back. It was successful, but it's still harrowing to discuss.
"They had to remove my voice box and put it on a table. That was daunting," Farrell recalled in a recent conversation with Classic Rock magazine. "They literally exposed my skeleton, took the discs out and put in artificial discs. So now I am a quarter inch taller and twice as attractive to my wife!"
Farrell has been on the razor's edge before. He says he's just lucky, and thankful, to be alive.
"I've overdosed numerous times, been lost at sea... They just keep sending me back, I don't question it."
Farrell didn't elaborate on the current state of his recovery, but added that he's back to work on music for several projects, including on featuring Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan, Foo Fighters' drummer Taylor Hawkins and The Cars guitarist Elliot Easton.
As for Jane's Addiction, Farrell isn't expecting a new album anytime soon, although new singles are a possibility next year.
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