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Staind Biography

Staind's It's Been a While is a huge hit!
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The guys of Staind.
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Staind Members:

  • Aaron Lewis
  • Mike Mushok
  • Johnny April

    Staind Gets Their Start

    Rock alternative band Staind got its start in New England in 1995 when singer Aaron Lewis met guitarist Mike Mushok at a Christmas party. Staind added drummer, Jon Wysocki and a bass player who was replaced by Johnny April. Tons of touring eventually led to the infamous concert that introduced Staind to Fred Durst.

    Staind's Big Bizkit Break

    In 1997, Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit caught Staind in concert and was blown away by their live performance and demo tape. Luck was definitely on Staind's side that day cuz Fred Durst invited the band out to Jacksonville, Florida for a jam session. Then he helped Staind make a demo, and arranged a meeting with Flip Records, which eventually led to a record deal with the label in 1998. After Staind got their record contract they landed a gig on The Warped Tour and it wasn't long until they released their first album, Dysfunctional on Flip/Elektra Entertainment in 1999. Then Staind got some great exposure touring with high profile bands like Kid Rock and Limp Bizkit.

    Staind - Did U know?

  • Staind's second CD Break The Cycle sold over a million copies in the first two weeks it was out.
  • The guys of Staind like "older music" like Elton John, Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix
  • Staind and Limp Bizkit covered the Public Enemy song Bring The Noise.

    Staind Says...
    "I've already gone farther than I ever imagined. I'm just enjoying the ride. We're all about making music. That's why we chose to do this, because we love music, not for the chicks and to live the life of a rock star."

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