A guitar belonging to SLIPKNOT's Jim Root was allegedly stolen last night (Thursday, October 22) from the band's jam room at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon while the group was on stage. The thief made off with Root's custom satin silver Fender (with a "a patina copper pick guard"),causing the guitarist to write on Instagram: "Fucking thieves. Nothing worse."
Root's longtime girlfriend, Cristina Scabbia of LACUNA COIL, also took to Instagram to urge fans to"keep an eye around the city and Internet and help us find [Jim's] guitar and whoever stole it (or simply take it back)!" She added: "If you're a real fan, I can understand you want to have something that belongs to your idol… But that's the wrong way to do it and it is depriving another person of something that might means memories and something more than an 'item!'"
She continued: "If whoever got this guitar is reading this, PLEASE take it back or send me a private message! We can all do something stupid and taking it back is what can bring a lot of honor back to you. From zero to hero! Think about it and be a man."
SLIPKNOT took six years to make its latest album, ".5: The Gray Chapter", and that time was filled with tragedy and turmoil. Root said in an interview with Music Radar that he wrote most of the music on the new disc, saying, "When you had Paul [Gray; late bassist] and Joey [Jordison; fired drummer] writing, you had to find your place . . . With '.5', it seems like I, basically, did the whole record. That's why last November (2013),I really put my nose to the grindstone and put together enough arrangements so that we could finally get going."
".5: The Gray Chapter" is the first new SLIPKNOT record since the 2010 death of Gray and the 2013 dismissal of Jordison.