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Stone Sour has tapped Johnny Chow as its live bassist for the band's upcoming tour behind its new album, House Of Gold And Bones. Chow has formerly played with metal acts Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy and Fireball Ministry, and replaces Shawn Economaki, who bowed out of the band earlier this year for personal reasons.
The group tapped Rachel Bolan of Skid Row to play bass on the album itself, and singer Corey Taylor told us how that came together: "I'm well-documented being a huge Skid Row fan. I can't remember who brought the name up, but I immediately was like, 'Dude, absolutely.' We knew somebody who had his number, so I called him and within 24 hours he was basically getting ready to do it. And he's just one of the coolest dudes on the planet and he schooled it. People are going to be very impressed by the bass playing."
Guitarist Josh Rand told Metal Shrine about Bolan's involvement in the album, "It was a great experience. "He's a phenomenal writer on top of being a phenomenal bass player and he brought this style into it that we felt had been lacking. Instead of following the guitars, he actually plays bass and it elevated all of the songs to a whole new level."
Bolan was unable to join Stone Sour on tour because of his previous commitments to Skid Row.
House Of Gold And Bones is a two-record concept album, the first half of which will arrive on October 23rd. Part 2 is expected to be released in May 2013.
Stone Sour will play this Friday (September 28th) at a radio festival in Phoenix before heading overseas later this fall for a European tour.