STONE SOUR official Facebook page stated a few hours ago that, guitarist Josh Rand won’t be able to join the band for the Canada and United States tour, as he has checked into a treatment center. While reports right now are not sure of what exact type of addiction (if any) the guitarist is trying to overcome, but as per the official statement, it says that he “will be back as soon as possible“. Hoards of fans took to social media and wished Josh’s well being. Josh has contributed in every STONE SOUR album since the 2000s.
Beginning today at Abbotsford Center, Abbotsford, Canada, STONE SOUR will be embarking on the North American tour, but will have to continue without their guitarist Josh Rand.
For the entire tour all of these dates will be missing Josh Rand. The band has chosen to not discuss the specifics behind his treatment and has asked fans to “keep him in your thoughts“. This brings us to the notice that who will be Josh’s substitute on their North American run. Will he succeed in filling up Josh’s boots during this time? Former Stone Sour guitarist and longtime Slipknot axe man Jim Root certainly be an option considering he is familiar with their material. It would be interesting to see how the band would perform without their long standing guitarist. Only time will tell. Would you go to their shows despite Josh’s absence?
We wish Josh a very speedy recovery!