Following a string of rumors, guitarist Jim Root was officially fired from Stone Sour, the band has confirmed.
"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," the website statement reads.
"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."
In a separate tweet, singer Corey Taylor has reassured fans that Jim is still a member of Slipknot, noting that the group's new album is nearing completion. "Jim and I are still working together in Slipknot and the album is almost done," he briefly noted.
Root recently chose to skip Stone Sour's North American tour in order to focus on the new Slipknot material. "You know, unfortunately I'm only one person," he told the Pulse of Radio 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," the guitarist concluded.
Jim and I are still working together in Slipknot and the album is almost done.
— Captain Fluffy Bug (@CoreyTaylorRock) May 17, 2014