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Stone Sour’s Josh Rand Gives First Interview On Addressing His Addiction Issues


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Stone Sour guitarist Josh Rand has given his first interview regarding his decision to step away from the band earlier this year to address his addiction issues. Having sought out treatment, Rand later admitted he had been struggling with Xanax and alcohol addiction issues. Speaking with the Lazer 103.3, Rand revealed that he was first prescribed Xanax years ago for his anxiety with flying, though he hid his addiction to the medication from his bandmates and family. He went on to state of his struggles:

“I just had decided that I needed some help dealing with stuff. Really it’s been stuff that I’ve been dealing with—well one thing for a very long time, which surprised people. Nobody had any idea about it. I was basically… been on Xanax for like eight years and nobody knew at all.

And then over the course of the last couple years I started drinking and when we started touring, I was basically day-drinking. But not drinking to get messed up, but just to maintain, I guess. Or to be able to cope, to have this buzz.

And all that stuff started spiraling for me as we were touring. I just felt horrible and miserable and it really all came to a head for me on ‘ShipRocked‘.

We were flying from Florida back up to Canada and basically we were in the airport and I just had the made the decision that I had to come home.

Luckily I had the support of the other guys and my family to make that decision. I had hit a wall and knew that I needed to regroup and deal with my stuff. So that’s what I did. Seeked out help and it will probably always be a little bit of a battle for me on some days, but I have a great support group within the band, family, friends all that. It was just important…”

He further went on to reveal that Stone Sour already have plans for another ‘Record Store Day‘ release next spring thanks to the surplus of studio time they had during the sessions for their “Hydrograd” album. Just this weekend the band released an acoustic EP of material from “Hydrograd” titled “Hydrograd Acoustic Sessions” as part of this year’s ‘Record Store Day‘.

The interview also saw him mention that the band have a video for their track “Mercy” which may not arrive until next year. However, while the group have at least one release planned for next year, their live appearances look to be diminished as Rand confirms that frontman/guitarist Corey Taylor has Slipknot set as his priority for 2019.

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