Staind To Reunite At Louder Than Life Festival
Staind will reunite for its first full concert performance in five years at this year's Louder Than Life festival, set to take place September 27th through the 29th at Louisville, Kentucky's Highly Festival Grounds. Also scheduled to appear are Guns N' Roses, Slipknot, Disturbed, Godsmack, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Breaking Benjamin, Chevelle, Halestorm and more.
Staind vocalist Aaron Lewis -- who has been largely responsible for putting the band on hold while working as a solo country artist -- said in a statement, "I love everything about being a country artist, but it's going to feel great to get heavy with Staind." Guitarist Mike Mushok added, "I'm really excited to get back to work with the band we started 25 years ago. This is the 20th anniversary of our first major label debut, Dysfunction, and I'm excited to see what the future holds."
Lewis told us a while back how Staind gigs were different from his solo shows: "The only time I ever get nervous is when I f**k up. Then for the next thirty seconds, I'm, my heart is coming out of my chest and I'm trying to continue and make my way through. That's onstage with Staind. Doing the solo thing, I'd stop and laugh about it and crack on myself and probably start where I fell apart and keep going."
The last time Staind performed was back in August 2017 at the "Aaron Lewis And Friends" benefit concert in Northampton, Massachusetts. The three-song acoustic performance marked Staind's first live appearance in three years, since a summer 2014 tour. The band has not released any new music since 2011.
Lewis is due to release his third full-length solo effort, State I'm In, this Friday (April 12th). Meanwhile, guitarist Mike Mushok's band Saint Asonia, which also now includes Staind drummer Sal Giancarelli, is getting ready to release its second album later this year.