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Jagermeister Tour Is Sweet For Stone Sour Guitarist

Of the Oakland Press

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For Jim Root, the best part of being out on the Jagermeister Music Tour is playing with his band, Stone Sour.

But a close second — and we think that’s because he’s being political — is being on the same package as Italy’s Lacuna Coil, whose singer Cristina Scabbia is the guitarist’s girlfriend.

“It’s interesting doing a tour with my girlfriend; I actually get to spent a little more than just a week with her,” says Root, 35, who, like Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor, also does double duty in the band Slipknot.

“But it’s always great when you get a tour with bands that you’re familiar with and you know. We got offered to do the tour and, you know, it was cool looking at it ’cause it was like, ‘Oh, OK, this isn’t gonna be hard to pick at all ’cause we like all these people.’ That’s always a very good thing.”

Stone Sour also is celebrating the success of its second album, “Come What(ever) May,” which has been certified gold and also earned the group a Grammy Award nomination for Best Metal Performance for the track “30/30 — 150.” The group didn’t win, but Root remains optimistic that one day he’ll have a Stone Sour Grammy to put next to the trophy Slipknot took home in 2005.

“I think it’s cool that we still keep getting nominated. We think we need to win more often,” Root says with a laugh. “Hopefully we can win one for Stone Sour, and then I can have two of them next to each other. That would very cool, you know, one for each band.”

The Jagermeister Music Tour, featuring Stone Sour, Lacuna Coil, Shadows Fall takes place at 7:30 p.m. Friday (March 30th) at the State Theatre, 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $26. Call (313) 961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.

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