To some music lovers, the music of a certain artist can become almost like the soundtrack to their life. A specific song can act as a time portal whisking a person back in time to a specific moment. In terms of bands whose music causes spontaneous bouts of nostalgia, few bands can hold a candle to the band Staind. The reactions of fans as they watched the live stream of Staind’s 20th Anniversary Performance of Break the Cycle alone are a testament to this. One week after streaming the reunion show of their greatest hits, Aaron Lewis along with guitarist Mike Mushok, bassist Johnny April and drummer Sal Giancarelli delivered a live stream that far exceeded any expectations, playing the band’s 2001 mind-blowing, unparalleled album, Break The Cycle (Flip Records) live in its entirety. Continue reading
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.