A lot has been said by Staind about their new album -- how the hard-hitting disc is a return to form, about the tense atmosphere within the band during recording sessions, how that tension lead to the departure of longtime drummer Jon Wysocki once they finished -- but Wysocki himself has yet to comment on the split. That is, until now.
The 2011 Epicenter Festival went off without a hitch on Saturday, Sept. 24, with bands such as Limp Bizkit, Staind, Papa Roach and Puddle of Mudd entertaining the Irvine, Calif., crowd. The all-day lineup of nu-metal and hard rock bands filled two stages, including the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, which holds a capacity of 16,000 people. Los Angeles radio station KROQ was there to document the Festival, posting exclusive pictures and coverage of the event.
On Saturday, Sept. 24, Southern California’s Epicenter Rock Festival is set to invade the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, Calif., with a sonic boom that is sure to leave an aftershock from coast to coast.
Aaron Lewis does not hide the fact that Staind nearly crumbled during the recording of their self-titled release, which dropped on Tuesday. Frontman Aaron Lewis chatted about the album before the band's New York City benefit show last night for the families of the first responders of the 9/11 terror attacks whom Lewis described as heroes who headed into "the belly of the beast and didn't make it out." The singer did not deny that he and guitarist Mike Mushok were in a bad, bad place.
Staind are performing an album-release concert for charity tonight (Sept. 15) and you can watch the show right here. The concert, which takes place at 9PM ET at the Best Buy Theater in New York City, will benefit families of 9/11 victims in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the tragic events that took place on Sept. 11, 2001.