STONE SOUR have unfortunately parted ways with original drummer Joel Ekman – here’s the official statement from the band:
“Things are going really well in the studio and we’ll have a more in-depth update next week, but for now, we wanted to let you know about a change in the band.
“Sadly Joel Ekman, STONE SOUR‘s original drummer, is no longer going to be part of the band. This is something that we all discussed and feel is best for the five of us and for the future of STONE SOUR.”
“This has been the most intense recording process of our career and the next year of touring will be equally, if not more, intense.
“Our world tour kicks off June 2nd in Germany and our goal is to play as many cities and countries as possible. We ‘re in discussions with a few drummers now and will let you know who that person will be as soon as we come to a decision.
“We wish the best to Joel and to his family.”
In other STONE SOUR news, Josh Rand recently sat down with Morley Seaver to get an inside look regarding the recording process of the band’s sophomore effort. Here?s a sample of what Josh had to say:
antiMUSIC: The last record went gold. Were the other guys concerned that the public was getting the wrong impression of what the band was all about from the success of “Bother”, or that it was just the Corey Taylor project?
Josh Rand: “Yeah, I totally agree with that. I think that we’re still misunderstood. We’re a band. We’re not Corey’s side project. We’re a functioning band. We were around before Slipknot. For Corey to step away from Slipknot?for him, it’s to show a different side of him. But there’s more to us. We’re not, you know, just a couple of buddies getting together to jam with some other guys and tour for a month. We’re a serious band. We take it very seriously. So does our record company. We’re looking to do way bigger business with this record. I honestly believe this material is way better. It’s more mature. We were rushed the first time around. It was basically me and Corey just jamming. We did almost all those songs basically by ourselves. It started off being just two friends together and then all of a sudden it became this other thing. The next thing you know we’re signing this record contract, recording the first record and things happened really quickly.”
You can read the whole interview here.