Jim Root was unceremoniously fired from Stone Sour last year, which surprised fans of the band, as well as fans of Root’s other mainstay – Slipknot. Since the departure, Slipknot have released a number one album and reunited Root and Slipknot/Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor. Initially, Root was apprehensive about collaborating with Taylor but as time goes on, it appears that they have mended the rift between them and are able to move forward.
Jim Root sat out a tour with Stone Sour last year in order to focus on writing the new Slipknot album as it would be the first without bassist Paul Gray and drummer Joey Jordison. After the tour, he was let go from the band. The guitarist recently sat down with Team Rock Radio to discuss various elements of his departure from Stone Sour and his opinions on what the future held for the Iowa band. The guitarist had this to say, “I spent 12 years helping that band, writing songs for that band and doing things for them. When people conspire and turn their back on you because you have a bigger obligation to get to, it’s a little bit like, ‘Well, I guess that’s that.’ But when people don’t give you any reasons then all you can do is speculate. If people are going to make decisions like that for their career, I honestly would rather get on the life raft and get away from the sinking ship.”
Slipknot is currently on tour with Korn and King 810 in North America.
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