Jim Root’s departure from Stone Sour was a “difficult time,” says Corey Taylor

Neil Lupin/Redferns via Getty ImagesCorey Taylor has opened up about Jim Root‘s departure from Stone Sour. Root revealed he wasn’t in the band anymore in 2014, saying that it was “not my decision” and he was “not happy about it.”

“It was a difficult time for me, largely because everybody blamed me,” Taylor tells Metal Hammer.

Taylor and Root, of course, are also band mates in Slipknot, which made Root leaving Stone Sour even more complicated.

“Obviously being on the road with Jim in Slipknot was tight sometimes,” says Taylor. “But I feel like we were able to put a lot of that aside because I think in a way he realized that he wasn’t happy — maybe not just with Stone Sour but in general.”

As for exactly why Root had to leave Stone Sour, Taylor remains vague about the specifics.

“I feel like that’s helped him, which is one of the reasons why I don’t want to talk about it, out of respect for him and who he is and what he was to this band,” says Taylor.

“I feel like he’s on his own journey that he needs to figure out, and I don’t want to be the one to talk about it,” he adds. “It’s not fair for him and it’s not fair for me.”

Stone Sour’s new album Hydrograd arrives this Friday, June 30.

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