Posted on: 25 Oct 2014
Jim Root sat in with Triple J Radio and addressed the departure from his former band Stone Sour - which is fronted by his Slipknot bandmate Corey Taylor. Recent interviews have implied that he was unhappy with certain members of the group. Given his latest comments, you can likely rule out Taylor as the source of the tension.
On the situation that led to his departure from Stone Sour:
“I think, in some ways, there are certain people in that band that are just extremely impatient, and they think that they need to have everything that they have, and they need to realize that the only reason they have anything of what they have is because Slipknot made it possible for them to have what they have. Slipknot has graciously and kindly stepped aside and let this other band do everything that it’s ever needed or wanted to do, yet this band can’t seem to take a break for Slipknot to do what it needs to do. And, I don’t know… For me, it seemed like it was a little bit of a smack in the face. So it just got to the point, for me, where I couldn’t stand it anymore, and I needed to work on Slipknot, it was apparent, and it was becoming more and more apparent the more shows that we were doing. And that’s essentially how that sort of happened.”
On how the split impacted his relationship with Corey Taylor:
“I’ve never had a problem with Corey. You know what I mean? Corey and I understand each other a lot better than anybody else from the other bands could, because we’ve been pullng double duty for all these years. And when you’ve got other people in the bands that you’re in that don’t share that common thing, they could never really understand what it is. And after a while you become so spread thin that it becomes really hard to give a hundred percent to both things, and eventually there comes a time where you have to say, ‘Enough is enough,’ and, ‘I need to put my focus a hundred percent into what it is that made this all possible for all of us,’ And let’s face it: Slipknot is a world-class, cult-status band, and it’s where my passion lies.
That’s not to say I’m not passionate about Stone Sour-I’m absolutely passionate about everything that I contributed to Stone Sour - but there are certain people in that band that have a different idea of what Stone Sour should be, and I don’t necessarily wanna be in a radio band, so to speak, you know what I mean? I’d rather be creative and be artistic and be able to play intricate music that moves and really takes you on a journey. About the closest Stone Sour ever came to that were the two records that we just released, and I don’t know that they’ll ever do that again in the future.”
On the prospect of starting another project:
“That’s one of the things that I’ve kinda learned from having two bands. It might be fun to play with some other people or maybe write songs with some other people. But to have another full band with other people where you spend the time in the studio and you put together a full album cycle of touring after that, it really spreads ya thin man. It’s a lot to take on. I commend Corey for wanting to continue all that—if he does, ya know what I mean?—but I know Corey has a lot of other interests in his life, he wants to pursue acting.
He writes books—he’s an author. I know he likes to go out and play with Slash and these bands like Camp Freddy around LA and stuff like that, so… I think if we were all just focus a little bit more on Slipknot that would afford us to more time to really have fun and do the other things that we want to do. It’s hard to say though, I can’t read anybody’s mind, I can’t really take them at their word for anything. You know, actions to me speak louder to words and only time will really tell.
Right now we’re all in a really good headspace and we’re all getting along very well. And everybody is extremely excited about this record and passionate about this record and that’s really all that matters right now at this time, ya know? If I find myself in three years from now at the end of this album cycle and there’s no talking of doing another album, I’m going to continue to write music. Whether that ends up being Slipknot music or whether that ends up being something for something else… I guess only time will tell that.”