GUITARIST TO SIT OUT STONE SOUR TOUR AND WORK ON SLIPKNOT RECORD

by Zigz l Wednesday, December 4, 2013

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Guitarist Jim Root has revealed that he will sit out Stone Sour's early 2014 tour so that he can concentrate on writing music for the next Slipknot record. A post at Stone Sour's Facebook page on Tuesday (December 3rd) stated, "With an impending Slipknot album on the horizon, Jim will not be touring with Stone Sour this winter . . . It was a difficult decision, but as the fans have wanted another Stone Sour tour and Jim had responsibilities to the writing process with Slipknot, we feel this is the best decision where everyone wins."

  • Slipknot's long-awaited fifth album will be its first since 2008's All Hope Is Gone and first since the 2010 death of bassist Paul Gray.
  • Root told us himself that 2014 was the year that Slipknot was finally going to get down to business: "It's looking like we're probably gonna be doing some random touring throughout the next year, but we're also gonna really try to get an album going, you know. I mean, I know I want to. I know it's past time. I know we need to for ourselves, we need to for the fans and most importantly, for the legacy of Paul Gray. I mean, he would be looking at us right now going, 'What are you idiots doing? Get in the studio. Start writing.'"
  • Root will be replaced for the month-long tour, which begins on January 14th in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, by Christian Martucci. Pop Evil and Stolen Babies are also on the bill.
  • Root and Slipknot singer Corey Taylor spent the better part of the last year on the road with Stone Sour behind that band's two-album set, House Of Gold And Bones.