STONE SOUR's acoustic version of the song "Tired", recorded late last year exclusively for radio, can be streamed below. The track comes off "House of Gold & Bones - Part 1", the first part of STONE SOUR's two-album series, "House of Gold & Bones", which sold 31,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 7 on The Billboard 200 chart.The "House Of Gold & Bones" albums were recorded at Sound Farm Studios just outside of the band's native Des Moines, Iowa with producer David Bottrill (TOOL, MUSE) at the helm. STONE SOUR guitarist Jim Root chose to sit out the band's recent North American tour so that he could concentrate on writing music for the next SLIPKNOT album. The Pulse Of Radio spoke with Root and asked him to explain his decision in a little more depth. "You know, unfortunately I'm only one person," he said. "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."
Root was replaced for the month-long tour, which began on January 14 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, by Christian Martucci. POP EVIL and STOLEN BABIES were also on the bill.