Update (5:45PM ET): This story has been amended with a statement from Stone Sour confirming that Jim Root is in fact no longer in the band.
Earlier this year, guitarist Jim Root sat out Stone Sour's tour with the reason given that he was concentrating his efforts on writing music for Slipknot's next album. However, now the band has announced that it has parted ways with Root.
There has been plenty of talk that Slipknot are working on new music for 2014 and now there's some visual proof. Guitarist Jim Root, who is sitting out Stone Sour's winter 2014 tour to work on the new Slipknot album, just offered a new Instagram photo posting showing himself holding a guitar in the studio.
Jim Root fans, we've got some bad news and some amazing news. Of course, we'll start with the bad news. Stone Sour have announced that Root will not be touring with the band on their upcoming winter tour. However, Root's absence is for good reason, as he's chosen to spend the time writing with Slipknot for the band's next album!
Slipknot announced today (June 30) that guitarist Jim Root is missing tonight's kickoff show of the band's headlining stint on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival tour because of a burst appendix that "could have been life threatening."
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