Jim Root has been fired from STONE SOUR, the group fronted by Root's SLIPKNOT bandmate Corey Taylor.


STONE SOUR has released the following statement regarding the matter:

"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 SLIPKNOT 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 it is reflected in days to come. We will give you more information when the time comes."

Root reportedly chose to sit out STONE SOUR's recent North American tour so that he could concentrate on writing music for the next SLIPKNOT album. The Pulse Of Radio spoke with Root and asked him to explain his decision in a little more depth.

"You know, unfortunately I'm only one person,"

he said earlier this year.

"I can't really be in two places at one time and the amount of focus that I need to put into SLIPKNOT makes it really difficult for me to be on tour with STONE SOUR. It's crushing and it's heartbreaking and I really don't like the idea of not being out there, but I don't really see any other way to really do it without — I mean, this is like the best way that we could come up with for a compromise."

Earlier today, a fan, who caught wind that Root would also be sitting out STONE SOUR's three U.S. summer shows scheduled for July 18-20, asked Root on the guitarist's Instagram account (where Root posts under the name stuperbee) if Jim was still taking time off from the group.

"I'm not in that band anymore,"

Root replied.

"Not my decision. Not happy about it."

Root was replaced for the month-long STONE SOUR tour with POP EVIL and STOLEN BABIES, which began on January 14 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, by Christian Martucci.Taylor and Root spent much of the last four years recording and touring behind three full STONE SOUR studio records, 2010's "Audio Secrecy" and the double concept album "House Of Gold & Bones"