LIVESTREAM REVIEW: Staind – It’s Been A While Live

Henry W. Longfellow wrote that “… music is the universal language of mankind.” Music, to some people, generates their very life force. The pandemic came barreling into our lives like a runaway train canceling future plans indefinitely. The music industry was immediately impacted as devastated fans watched helplessly as show by show and entire tours were canceled. Fans of the ginormously popular alternative metal band Staind held little hope that after a five-year hiatus they would see their beloved Staind as scheduled. Alas, the tour was not meant to be, as the weeks turned into months, music fans were slowly giving up on ever seeing live music performed in the near future. Fortunes are turning around in 2021, and until the band can hit the road again, Staind has announced The Return of Staind: a two-part Global Streaming series.


The May 1st event, Live: It’s Been A While was recorded at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket CT in 2019. The backstage footage where Aaron Lewis and the guys talked candidly was soul-warming. The legendary humor of Lewis and laughter proved that no matter how long it had been since they played as a band, the synergy from over two decades had not dissipated. Overall, the guys brought their “A” game as performers that night, all the more impressive since it was being recorded.

Of course, this means that on May 8th during the second live stream show, in which the band will play their multi-platinum album Break The Cycle in its entirety twenty years to the day since its release, fans new and old will get their socks blown off by the power and talent that we have come to expect from Staind.


Setlist/ Tracklisting:

Eyes Wide Open (Live)

Paper Jesus (Live)

Not Again (Live)

Fade (Live)

For You (Live)

Something (Live)

Intro (Live)

Crawl (Live)

Right Here (Live)

Outside (Live)

Paper Wings (Live)

So Far Away (Live)

Raw (Live)

It’s Been Awhile (Live)

Mudshovel (Live)

Buy tickets to the May 8th livestream here:

Buy or stream the Live: It’s Been Awhile, May 7 via Yap’em / Alchemy Recordings. Buy/stream the album here