Guitarist Jim Root has revealed that he will sit out Stone Sour's early 2014 tour so that he can concentrate on writing music for the next Slipknot record. A post at Stone Sour's Facebook page on Tuesday (December 3rd) stated, "With an impending Slipknot album on the horizon, Jim will not be touring with Stone Sour this winter . . . It was a difficult decision, but as the fans have wanted another Stone Sour tour and Jim had responsibilities to the writing process with Slipknot, we feel this is the best decision where everyone wins." Root will be replaced for the month-long tour, which begins on January 14th in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, by Christian Martucci. Pop Evil and Stolen Babies are also on the bill.