Stone Sour Guitarist Josh Rand Reveals Struggle with Addiction, Thanks Fans for Support

2018-04-17

Story by Cat Badra, photo by Anne Erickson

Josh Rand of Stone Sour is thanking fans for their prayers and support

Stone Sour guitarist Josh Rand took a break from touring with the band earlier this year to enter a “treatment center.” Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor and the rest of the band expressed their deep support for Rand in his journey to get help, as did Rand’s fans. Although Rand was pretty vague about why he was entering a “treatment center” at the time, now, he has opened up about the fact he’s been dealing with alcohol and Xanax addiction.

“As many of you may already know, in January of this year I made the difficult decision to step away from the Canadian leg of the Stone Sour tour,” Rand stated in a Facebook post. “I hit a personal breaking point and it was imperative that I address it. My high anxiety and desire to feel comfortable in my own skin over the years led to an alcohol and Xanax dependency. That along with aggression issues made me feel miserable and I just could not continue to live that way.”

“Thankfully, with the support of my band, family, and friends I was able to come home and seek help,” he added.

As for how Rand is doing now, he says he’s “doing well, but still a work in progress.” He added, “I want to sincerely thank all of you for your thoughts, prayers, and positive words. It means a lot to me.”

Stone Sour has taken a break from the road the past few weeks, but they’ll pick back up again April 28 for a set at the Welcome to Rockville festival. The guys also have a major gig opening for Ozzy Osbourne on the metal icon’s No More Tours 2 run starting in August, which is being dubbed Ozzy’s farewell tour.

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