Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor has said that the band's guitarist, Josh Rand, is "doing really, really well," one week after Rand left the group's current tour and entered "treatment" for unspecified issues. Taylor revealed, "We talk to him every day, and he seems to be doing really, really well, so that's really good."

The singer continued, "This 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."

  • Taylor said, "We just support him as much as we absolutely can . . . 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."
  • It is not clear whether Rand is being treated for a medical issue or problems with substance or alcohol abuse.
  • Rand most recently performed with Stone Sour on last month's ShipRocked cruise. The band has enlisted a temporary replacement for the current tour, which started last week in British Columbia and includes dates with Halestorm, In This Moment and Red Sun Rising.
  • Stone Sour is touring in support of its sixth studio effort, Hydrograd, which came out at the end of June and features the chart-topping rock radio hit "Song #3." The latest track issued from the disc is "Rose Red Violent Blue."

Story source: Blabbermouth

CHECK IT OUT: Watch the video for "Rose Red Violent Blue (This Song Is Dumb And So Am I)":

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