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Full Name: James Donald Root
Date of Birth: October 2, 1971
Place of Birth: Des Moines, Iowa
Nickname: The Peach
Mask:Currently Jim wears a very white Jester style latex mask. It features imbedded dark areas around his eyes and zipper between his lips on his mask. The mask is a very realistic looking mask, particularly in his nose and it almost looks like Jim is only wearing make up due to this. The majority of the mask is white and the engraved areas of the mask are completely black with a red outline. It’s the same mask he wore during the Vol. 3 era, just repainted.
When Jim first joined the band he adopted ex-guitarists Josh’s mask. It was a Black Bondage mask. He used to pull his hair through the top of the bondage mask. He had purple hair and that is the reason you see that purple dangly thing at the top of his head on the S/T album cover. His Iowa Mask is a jesters mask used to show his jester-like personality. His Vol. 3 mask was a slight variation of the Iowa mask. It was pale white with no facial expression, has a zippered mouth, and red detailing around the eyes.
Side Project: Stone Sour
About: Jim is the latest addition to the band. He joined during the recordings of the Self Titled cd. He is the tallest member of the band, reaching a height of 6’6, people used to think Mick was the tallest, when in reality he is only 6’2. James’ original hair color is brown, despite the many times he has dyed it.
Jim has played in bands in the past entitled “Dead Front”, “Atomic Opera”, and of course “Stone Sour”.
Prior to joining Slipknot, he worked as a screenprinter, waiter, and busboy. Root joined the band in January 1999, replacing their original guitarist, Josh Brainard, who left the band during the recording of their self-titled album, reportedly after having fulfilled his recording duties. In fact, the only song Root recorded during the album’s sessions was “Purity”, which is only featured on the short-lived first pressing of Slipknot. Despite this, the song has become a staple for the band’s live performances.
Jim is currently dating Italian vocalist Cristina Scabbia from the popular band Lacuna Coil.
Quote: “The guys chose this mask to tame me. Joining this band takes a little getting used to. I was a timid guy before I joined them. Now I’m a freak! Am I as borderline psychotic as the rest? Ask me in a month!”
“Jim,number 4,I play guitar”
James Root Signature Fender Telecaster guitar:
In July 2007, Fender released a James Root Signature Fender Telecaster guitar. This Telecaster model is available in flat black with a white pickguard and maple neck and fingerboard, or in flat white with a black pickguard, maple neck and ebony fingerboard. Both models feature mahogany bodies, 22 jumbo frets, a single volume control with no tone control, black hardware, and EMG humbuckers (EMG 81 in the bridge and EMG 60 in the neck). In September 2008 an announcement in the official forum of Slipknot said that a new model of Jim’s Telecaster was being designed, and that the fans were needed to give their input on where it could be improved. No release date or an official announcement of the new guitar has been made.
Ex-bands/side projects: James used to be in Stone Sour as the guitarist, Corey was the lead singer for this band as well, it’s unsure how long he was in the band for though. For info on Stone Sour see the Corey profile: 8 – Corey. He was also within the band, “Atomic Opera” prior to Stone Sour along with Bruce Swink, who also made the switch with Jim from AO to SS. During the times when Jim was in Atomic Opera; Joey looked up to him, “Jim was the King”.
Jim was also in a band called “Deadfront”, here are some of the songs that the band made:
Deadfront – Nemesis
3. torn inside
5. radio flyer
7. assisted suicide
9. erase me ft alexis from smakdab
As well as lending his guitar talents to Stone Sour, Root has also performed drums on one song the band has recorded, the Come What(ever) May bonus track “The Day I Let Go”. Outside Slipknot and Stone Sour, Root has appeared on Slipknot turntablist Sid Wilson’s DJ Starscream album The New Leader and John 5′s The Devil Knows My Name, and also appeared on the Roadrunner United project, performing the solo and harmony guitars on “Tired ‘N Lonely” from the project’s album The All-Star Sessions. He also appeared on Jonathan Davis and the SFA´s cover of Lil Wayne´s “Got Money”. Read more about Jim Root on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.
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