During a recent appearance on the Loaded Radio podcast, Staind’s Mike Mushok talked a bit about the band’s new album. According to him, the effort will be “a little bit more modernized.”
Mushok said the following about the band’s progress on the record:
“I think we’re looking at finishing up [the LP] in January, and we’ll have some dates next year also. We just did a little tour in September. It’s great to be back playing with those guys.”
He went on to discuss the musical direction of the new material:
“It’s a little bit more modernized, I think. I think that was something we kind of wanted to do. There’s a little bit more of an electronic element on there, which is something new for us, but I feel like everybody is kind of doing that. But I think it’s cool. It’s not overused. I think the songs are really good. I’m really happy with it. I can’t wait for people to hear it.”
Mushok also added the following about working with his bandmate Aaron Lewis:
“We’ve been doing it for a long time. It’s great to be back and doing that… I think that we definitely respect each other. It’s kind of always been that. I think that STAIND’s really kind of been… For the most part, I bring some music in and he decides what he likes and what he wants to write to, and we kind of take it from there. That being said, he’s come in, obviously, with some amazing songs as well. So it’s been a really good writing partnership, I feel.”
Staind’s Aaron Lewis recently went on another nonsensical rant during a July 23 solo show in Roanoke, VA. The spiel found the frontman rambling about “tyrannical people” in the U.S. government and more.
Lewis said the following:
“We have all lost our connection with the Constitution. Because if we knew the Constitution and the Bill Of Rights, we would know that it clearly states that it’s our responsibility as we the people to take back a country governed by tyrannical people. They have proven that they have business whatsoever as the representatives of us. All those people that sit in Washington, D.C., in the grand scheme of things not all that fucking far from here. I can almost smell them in the air. It smells like fucking treason, is what it smells like. It smells like they’re blaming us for an insurrection that they committed.
We the people. It’s a very strong statement right there. No other country’s documents that create that country starts with ‘we the people’. It doesn’t.
Here’s another thing: is it just me or have you noticed that we’re the only country in the world that has a fentanyl problem? No, it’s like for real. Have you noticed that? There isn’t another country on the face of the earth that is losing thousands of people a week to fentanyl. It seems like a war is going on without us even knowing it, doesn’t it? Go look. Go look.
There isn’t another country on the face of the earth with a fentanyl problem. Do you know where fentanyl comes from? The only place on the face of the earth that it comes from? China. That’s where they make it. It’s the only place on the face of the earth that they can make it. So all the fentanyl that’s coming into this country, and only this country — it might be oozing over into Canada, but I can promise you Mexico, where it’s all coming from, doesn’t have a fentanyl problem.
Start paying very close attention to what the fuck is going on .’Cause, unfortunately, the reason why I get myself in trouble every time I step out on this stage if because I know what the fuck is going on. And I’m not gonna shut the fuck up until everybody else knows what the fuck is going on too. Because here’s the difference: I sit up here right now and I run my mouth for everybody.
Even the fucking idiots that choose to spout all their anti-America, anti-family, anti-everything bullshit. Because you know what? As much as I don’t wanna hear it, they’re free to say it. But I’ll tell you what right now — freedom goes in all directions. Which means that you’re free to be an asshole. You’re free to be completely deranged and off in your own fucking universe.
You’re free to be a man and slice your fucking penis in half and fucking scrape all the seeds out like a cucumber and fold it all back up inside you. You know what? You’re still a man that’s just fucking self-mutilated himself. You can do all that, and I will stand up for you, because I believe in your freedom to be able to do that even though I don’t agree with you at all.
That’s the difference. They wanna shut us up and shut us down. And I wanna fight for the same fucking freedoms that they love. The ability to be able to say shit like that and not have the government show up at your door the next fucking day.
This is our country — not the government’s. We have every right to remove them.”
Staind have announced a September U.S. tour. Here’s the dates for that run:
09/08 Niagara Falls, NY – Seneca Casino
09/09 Verona, NY – Turning Stone Casino
09/10 Atlantic City, NJ – Ocean Resort Casino
09/11 Springfield, MA – MassMutual Center
09/15 Corning, CA – Rolling Hills Casino
09/16 Reno, NV – Silver Legacy Casino
09/17 Highland, CA – Yaamava’ Casino
09/18 Las Vegas, NV – The Theater at Virgin Hotels
09/20 Tucson, AZ – Casino Del Sol
09/22 Tulsa, OK – Hard Rock Casino
09/23 Durant, OK – Choctaw Casino
09/24 Shawnee, OK – Firelake Grand Casino
Staind’s Aaron Lewis recently went on another nonsensical rant during his March 17 solo show at the Vern Riffe Center in Portsmouth, OH. The frontman spouted out a bunch of right-wing conspiracy theories and even said people “should listen to what Vladimir Putin is saying,” despite all of the death and destruction the dictator is causing in Ukraine.
Lewis told the crowd the following:
“So, I’m not gonna go into some big get-myself-in-trouble dissertation. All I’m gonna say is this: question everything. Everything that they’re telling you right now is a lie. Everything. We need to come to grips with something, people. This is our country. We own the most corrupt country in the world.
So my question is, what are we gonna do about it? Because we put these people where they sit, to become corrupt and to sell us out all for their gain and not for ours. They’re supposed to represent us, not themselves. And they’re all guilty of it — 90 percent of ’em.
I don’t know who’s worse — the Democrats that are trying to destroy this country or the Republicans that sit idly by while they do so. They all need to be removed. We need to start voting for people that aren’t lifetime politicians because those are the most lecherous, snake-in-the-grass pieces of shit that you can ever possibly put into power.
The next governor needs to be you. The next senator needs to be you. We need to pick from our peers, people — people that have good ideas that we can stand behind; not these fucking snake oil salesmen that tell us everything we wanna hear. And until we wake up, this country is going off the cliff, people.
We have no order. We have no president. Every single day that goes by, we lose standing in the world. Everyone’s laughing at us. Everyone is positioning themselves against us. And it’s not us — it’s the government that we put in power. These are the people that are making us look bad throughout the entire world — the same people that have you convinced that we all need to support Ukraine even though all of their money laundering systems, all of their everything, the way that they get all their kickbacks and they wash everything is all through the Ukraine.”
He continued after a fan shouted “Fuck Joe Biden“:
“Listen, it’s bigger than ‘Fuck Joe Biden.’ It is. It is. It’s the media. It’s the Internet and the people that control it. Everything is against us in this room — everything. Because when we lose, they win. Look what happened over shutdown. Look how many small businesses got bankrupt and closed forever. And look how the big corporations made billions and billions of dollars. They just took all that wealth out of our hands and they put it in theirs.
They took your jobs. They made you believe lies. They made you believe that a vaccine was gonna keep you safe. They made you think that a fucking mask was gonna keep you safe. They made you think that avoiding your friends and your family and staying locked up in your house was gonna somehow keep you safe. But guess what — didn’t we all get COVID? Didn’t every single of us in this fucking room get COVID and live to tell the tale? We’re okay. I survived. I didn’t stick that poison in my fucking body. I did just fine. I had it twice. I’m not fucking dead.
Don’t believe a word they fucking tell you — not one word.”
Lewis also added the following about Ukraine:
“You know, as fucked up as it sounds, maybe we should listen to what Vladimir Putin is saying. Maybe, just maybe, when Klaus Schwab and George Soros and every other dirty fucking earth-destroying motherfucker all jumps on the same bandwagon, maybe, just maybe we should fucking take a good look at that. Why are they trying to protect Ukraine so much? What do they all have to lose?
It’s all bullshit. It’s all bullshit. Have you seen the pictures with wooden guns and all the bodies in body bags laying in the background, and all of a sudden one of the bodies starts moving and fucking sits up and fixes its fucking body bag while the reporter is reporting? People, if you haven’t seen that, you’d better start fucking looking elsewhere. If you haven’t seen Vladimir Putin actually say that he’s fighting the ‘Deep State’ right now, which is the same people we’re fighting, which is the same people everywhere on the face of this earth that people are fighting for freedom.
You know, we need to reassess and think about who it is, who these people are, what makes them worthy of us putting all of our faith and all of our trust in these fucking snake oil salesmen.”
He then concluded with the following:
“That should be good tomorrow. And you know what, though — fuck ’em if they can’t handle the truth. It seems like nobody wants to hear the truth these days. They just wanna put their masks on and walk around like fucking zombies.”
Staind frontman Aaron Lewis ended up getting wasted and accidently performed the band’s hit song “It’s Been Awhile” twice during his July 21 solo show at Bottle & Cork in Dewey Beach, DE. Towards the end of the second performance, he realized the mistake and told the audience the following:
“You know what I’m realizing right this second? That I’m drunk enough that I should be playing ‘Outside’ right now, and instead I’m playing a fucking song I already played tonight. Which means I might be slightly overserved. So should I play the fucking song that I was supposed to be playing the whole fucking time? Because maybe I might have smoked a little bit too much weed tonight. I will say that’s a first. That’s a first right there… I’ll hear about that one tomorrow. Actually, I’m gonna call you out and we’ll see whether you guys out me tomorrow for that. So I guess we’ll just see how much y’all love me, ’cause no one else except everybody in this room just saw that happen, so you can give me a free pass. It is entirely and totally up to you, so we’ll see whether I’m hiding my face in shame tomorrow, ’cause I have definitely seen a whole lot of cameras recording this, which… super comfortable.”
During a recent interview with Audio Ink Radio, Staind’s Mike Mushok offered an update on the writing process for the band’s new album. He said the following:
“We’re working on that now. Aaron [Lewis] is finishing up a country record; he’s just about done with it. I think the idea is once that’s completed, we’re gonna… There’s a bunch of [new] songs kicking around. It’s just kind of [a matter of] sorting through that stuff and seeing what, if anything, we like, and figuring out… I imagine, having not put out a real record of new music in 10 years, we’re gonna be pretty critical of what it is and wanna make sure that it’s great. But, yes, there is talk of that. We actually signed a record deal and have a deal to do a new record.”
Korn and Staind have announced a summer U.S. tour. ’68 and Fire From The Gods will open on select dates.
08/05 West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
08/07 Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
08/08 Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
08/10 Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
08/11 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
08/13 Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
08/14 Scranton, PA – The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
08/17 Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
08/18 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
08/20 Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre
08/21 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
08/24 Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater
08/25 Syracuse, NY – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
08/27 Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL
08/28 Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center
With Fire From The Gods:
08/31 Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
09/02 Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
09/03 Burgettstown, PA – The Pavilion at Star Lake
09/05 St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis, MO
09/06 Bonner Springs, KS – Azura Amphitheater
09/09 Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
09/11 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
09/12 Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre
09/14 Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
09/15 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
09/18 Austin, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater
09/19 Houston, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
09/21 Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
09/23 Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life (festival date)
Staind are streaming a live version of their song “Mudshovel.” This version of the track is from the band’s new live album “Live: It’s Been Awhile,” which will be released on May 7. That effort was recorded during an October 2019 show at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT. Footage of the set will stream on May 1 as part of the band’s two-part virtual concert series “The Return Of Staind.” The second part of the series will feature a livestream concert in which the band will be performing “Break The Cycle“ in full at Mill 1 at Open Square in Holyoke, MA on May 8. Tickets can be found HERE. Mike Mushok said the following about “Mudshovel”:
“There hasn’t been a gig since we first wrote this song in ’96 where we haven’t played ‘Mudshovel‘. It’s definitely become a fan favorite and I have as much fun playing it now as I did back then.”
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