Corey Taylor says that Josh Rand will rejoin his STONE SOUR bandmates on the road on April 27 at the Welcome To Rockville festival in Jacksonville, Florida.
The guitarist most recently performed with STONE SOUR on last month's ShipRocked cruise before it was announced that he had entered treatment for unspecified issues. STONE SOUR has enlisted a temporary replacement for the current tour, which started at the end of January in British Columbia. The trek includes dates with HALESTORM, IN THIS MOMENT and RED SUN RISING.
Taylor told Musik Universe earlier this week that he and the rest of STONE SOUR talk to Josh "every day" and that he is "doing great. We actually have a two-month break coming up after this tour, so he's actually been able to work through the things that he's going through right now," Corey said. "And, yeah, he'll be ready to go for the next tour, which is… I think April [27th] is the first show."
Corey told the Regina rock radio station 104.9 The Wolf that Josh "is not just somebody who I've been in a band with for a while; we've been best friends since we were 15 years old — I mean, we go way back. For me, it's not just the worry of my cohort, my partner, my songwriting guy, my lead guitarist, it's about worrying about my friend, my brother, somebody who let me sleep on his floor when I was homeless," he said. "So, for me, that's the biggest thing — worrying about him. But he seems to be doing really, really well. And, like I said, we talk every day, he's letting us know how he's doing. And we just support him as much as we absolutely can. And when it comes to being a friend, that's all you really can do — just be there for them. The best way to be a friend is just to stay right where you are and just let somebody lean against you if they need it, and that's what we're trying to do."
STONE SOUR is touring in support of its sixth studio effort, "Hydrograd", which came out last June and features the chart-topping rock radio hit "Song #3".
STONE SOUR will support Ozzy Osbourne on the initial North American leg of the legendary vocalist's "No More Tours 2" tour, which kicks off August 30 in Allentown, Pennsylvania.