It has been confirmed by Corey Taylor, frontman of Stone Sour and Slipknot, that guitarist Jim Root's services have been dispensed with.
A message on the band's website stated:
"As some of you might have heard by now, Stone Sour and Jim Root have indeed parted ways. We were trying to wait until the completion of the new SK album, but in light of recent events, we are going to confirm this information and move on. We feel it's best for both bands and hope that is reflected in the days to come. We will give you more information when the time comes."
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Root had said previously that he was not joining Stone Sour's summer tour so he could concentrate on the new Slipknot album, but his firing appears to have come as a surprise. He answered a fan's question on Instagram with "I'm not in that band anymore. Not my decision. Not happy about it."
Taylor later tweeted "Jim and I are still working together in Slipknot and the album is almost done."
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