Watch Staind’s Aaron Lewis & Mike Mushok Perform An Acoustic Version Of “Mudshovel”

Aaron Lewis was joined by his Staind bandmate Mike Mushok during a livestreamed acoustic performance on November 20. Footage of “Mudshovel” from the set has since surfaced online and can be seen below. As previously reported, Lewis will be playing another livestreamed acoustic show on November 27.

Godsmack’s Sully Erna Recruits Shinedown, Papa Roach, Staind, Etc. Members For “Live From The Living Room” Charity Fundraiser

Sully Erna (Godsmack) has announced a “Live From The Living Room” fundraiser for The Scars Foundation. The event will stream on the frontman’s YouTube channel and the Foundation’s Facebook page on August 6 at 5:00 p.m PT / 8:00 p.m. ET and it will feature Godsmack, Erna solo (feat. Chris Lester and Máiréad Nesbitt), Staind’s Aaron Lewis, Shinedown’s Brent Smith and Zach Myers, Papa Roach, Saint Asonia’s Mike Mushok and Adam Gontier, Extreme’s Nuno Bettencourt, and Sevendust’s Clint Lowery.

Erna commented:

“I had always looked for ways to give back and help others in some way after reaching certain levels of success in my life. But I could never really figure out where to dedicate my time and attention and what was important to me, or where I even had experience to offer. One day, I started thinking about my own life and being a survivor of such an extremely rough inner city and that’s where all my experience was. It was all the battle wounds and scars I’ve carried that made me stronger and made me the man I am today. Instead of being ashamed of my imperfections, or hiding from them, I learned how to embrace them and grow from those experiences. I want to share that with people and lend my stories, my experiences, and my theories on how you can overcome challenging times rather than letting them ruin your life.

And that’s why The Scars Foundation is so important to me. It’s personal. It’s my life. And it’s important that people who struggle with these mental health issues and ‘imperfections,’ or ‘scars,’ as we call them, learn how to embrace them, and show them to the world loudly and proudly!

I hope the work we do with The Scars Foundation inspires people to come forward and share their stories so that those stories inspire more people to come forward and break the silence and internal struggles.

Just remember: you’re not alone. And we’re all imperfectly perfect. Just the way we’re supposed to be!”

In addition to the livestream, fans can also participate in a charity auction HERE.

Staind Discuss Their Return

Staind’s Aaron Lewis and Mike Mushok were recently interviewed by Loudwire about their live return and future plans. As previously reported, the band are currently booked to perform at Louder Than Life on September 27.

Lewis said the following:

“It was just a matter of enough time having gone by. We decided that we were gonna put a couple shows on the books and just start there. Just kinda dip our toes and see what happens, and look at this from a distance.”

Mushok continued:

“The time was right for us to take these opportunities and start making music again. There’s some great festivals coming up that we’ve played before, and doing those again is something we’ve talked about for a long time. Aaron and I both felt it was a good time to get back together and start playing these songs again.”

When asked about the possibility of new music, both were noncommittal about the idea, but Mushok is hopeful:

“That would be kind of the next step. “Right now, it’s just one step at a time. I’d love for that to happen, and I’m very proud of the stuff that we’ve done, and I love writing with Aaron. It’s just such a different day. I’m happy that we’re even able to go out and play.”

Watch 360° Footage Of Staind, Godsmack, & Saint Asonia Members Covering Linkin Park’s “Crawling”

On August 4, Staind‘s Aaron Lewis, Mike Mushok and Sal Giancarelli, Godsmack‘s Sully Erna, and Saint Asonia‘s Corey Lowery covered Linkin Park‘s “Crawling” as a tribute to Chester Bennington at the Pines Theater in Florence, MA as part of Lewis‘ annual charity golf tournament and benefit concert. Now, 360° footage of that performance has been shared, and can be seen below:

Staind & Godsmack Members Pay Tribute To Chester Bennington & Chris Cornell At Aaron Lewis And Friends Benefit Concert

Staind’s Aaron Lewis recently hosted his sixth annual “Aaron Lewis Invitational Charity Golf Tournament” and “Aaron Lewis And Friends” benefit concert in Northampton, Massachusetts, and was joined by numerous guests including Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour), Sully Erna (Godsmack) and more. Among the various performances, there was a couple tributes that took place including Lewis, Erna, and Mike Mushok (Staind) paying tribute to the late Chester Bennington with a cover Linkin Park’s “Crawling” and the same three paying tribute to the late Chris Cornell with a cover of Temple Of The Dog’s “Hunger Strike.” You can see footage of that below. In other news, the concert notably featured a full Staind reunion as well, with Lewis, Mushok, Johnny April, and Sal Giancarelli taking the stage for acoustic versions of “Outside,” “Something to Remind You,” and, “It’s Been Awhile.”

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour), Adam Gontier (Ex-Three Days Grace), Etc. Set For Aaron Lewis (Staind) And Friends Benefit Concert

Staind’s Aaron Lewis has announced that his sixth annual “Aaron Lewis Invitational Charity Golf Tournament” will take place on August 5 at Crumpin-Fox Golf Course in Bernardston, Massachusetts. That will be preceded by the “Aaron Lewis And Friends” benefit concert the night before at Pines Theater at Look Park in Northampton, Massachusetts. The following guests have been booked: Mike Mushok (Staind, Saint Asonia), Adam Gontier (ex-Three Days Grace, Saint Asonia), Ben Kitterman, Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour), and Travis Marvin. These events will help raise money for Lewis’ nonprofit organization It Takes A Community Foundation.

Seether, Saint Asonia, & Staind Members Share 360° Video For Cover Of Soundgarden’s “Fell On Black Days”

Shaun Morgan (Seether), Adam Gontier (Saint Asonia, ex-Three Days Grace), Mike Mushok (Saint Asonia, Staind), Sal Giancarelli (Staind), Corey Lowery (Saint Asonia), and Jim Comeau have shared a 360° video for their cover of Soundgarden’s “Fell On Black Days” in honor of the late Chris Cornell. You check that out below:

Mike Mushok On Staind’s Future: “There’s No Real Plan For [Anything] Right Now”

Mike Mushok was recently interviewed by Mitch Lafon and was asked about the future of Staind. According to Mushok, the band still doesn’t have any plans for the foreseeable future. This isn’t too surprising though, considering Aaron Lewis solo country venture and Mushok’s dedication to Saint Asonia.

Mushok said the following:

“I remember in ’09, we stopped touring, and we did a record after that. We did the self-titled ‘Staind‘ record, which we did a little touring on. It was one of my favorite Staind records we had done. Aaron, I know, has another country record coming out in September. So, you know… we say we’re gonna do something else, but there’s no real plan for it right now. I know he’s pursuing that. And I know we’re [Saint Asonia] writing another record.”

He also added the following when asked if it was frustrating to to go on hiatus due to Lewis’ country career:

“Honestly, it was was a little frustrating, you know what I mean? But, listen… And people come to me, ‘Don’t you get mad? Aren’t you angry…?’ And I’m, like, ‘Well, I can’t be. He has to be happy with what he wants to do.’ And if Aaron‘s not happy… No matter what I do, when I go to Aaron, I can’t go ‘Dude, we have all these offers. We’ve gotta play these shows.’ I can’t make him. And if I did make him, he’d resent me. And it wouldn’t be fun, and it wouldn’t be what they’re supposed to be.

So when the day comes that he decides, ‘Hey, man, let’s do this again,’ either I’ll be ready or I won’t. It’s either, ‘No, man, I’m doing this thing [Saint Asonia] now, because you had your thing,’ or we’ll be on a break, or whatever it is, and I’ll say, ‘Okay, we can do it.’ So I’m really just kind of playing it as it goes.”

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Saint Asonia (Ex-Three Days Grace, Staind Etc.) Premiere “Better Place” Music Video

Saint Asonia, the new band featuring Adam Gontier (ex-Three Days Grace), Mike Mushok (Staind, Newsted), Corey Lowery (Dark New Day, Stuck Mojo) and Rich Beddoe (ex-Finger 11), have premiered a new video for their song “Better Place.” This song is from the band’s self-titled debut album, which was released today (July 31).

Saint Asonia (Ex-Three Days Grace, Staind Etc.) Premiere New Song “Trying To Catch Up With The World”

Saint Asonia, the new band featuring Adam Gontier (ex-Three Days Grace), Mike Mushok (Staind, Newsted), Corey Lowery (Dark New Day, Stuck Mojo) and Rich Beddoe (ex-Finger 11), have premiered a new song, titled “Trying To Catch Up With The World,” via Huffington Post. This song is from the band’s self-titled debut album, which will be released on July 31.