Jim Root To Miss Stone Sour Tour To Focus Writing New Slipknot Album
Stone Sour has announced that guitarist Jim Root will sit out the band’s upcoming tour with Pop Evil and Stolen Babies to focus on writing Slipknot’s long awaited fifth album.
A statement released on the official Stone Sour Facebook page explained that the decision was mutual and that a replacement for Root had already been found: “Everyone involved is okay with the decision and our mutual friend Christian Martucci will be filling in on guitar.”
The statement added that the decision wasn’t taken lightly: “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 revealed earlier this year that the band would be reconvening in 2014, following an extended hiatus after the death of Paul Gray to write their fifth studio album. The band’s previous release was 2008’s ‘All Hope Is Gone.’
Stone Sour’s tour with Pop Evil and Stolen Babies is scheduled to kick off on January 14 at the House Of Blues in Orlando, Florida.