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Stone Sour guitarist Josh Rand is opening up about his struggle with addiction, sharing a personal message with fans regarding his absence from the band's recent Canadian tour. Read Rand's full update down below.
As posted to Stone Sour's social media channels on Sunday, the guitarist comes clean about his decision to drop from a portion of the group's recent world tour, saying he reached a point where he needed the time off.
"As many of you may already know, in January... I made the difficult decision to step away from the Canadian leg of the Stone Sour tour," the musician says. "I hit a personal breaking point and it was imperative that I address it."
Rand cites an "alcohol and Xanax dependency" that was driven by anxiety and an apparent lack of self-confidence. While the musician is now on the mend, he states his sincere thanks to Stone Sour fans for their support.
"[W]ith the support of my band, family, and friends I was able to come home and seek help," he continues. "I'm doing well, but still a work in progress. I want to sincerely thank all of you for your thoughts, prayers, and positive words."
All the best to Rand and Stone Sour. Read the message here:
A message from Josh Rand. pic.twitter.com/qkIEtpOPF1— Stone Sour (@stonesour) April 16, 2018
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