ICYMI, Massachusetts rock act Staind recently announced a new live effort titled ‘Live: It’s Been Awhile,’ which is slated to drop on May 7th through Yap’em / Alchemy Recordings (pre-order). The album, marking their first new full-length release in nine years, was recorded at their comeback show (their first gig after a five-year hiatus) at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT in October 2019.
For a taste of the upcoming release, Staind have released their new live single dubbed “Mudshovel” — stream the tune below. “The classic “Mudshovel” is from Staind’s 1996 self-released debut album, ‘Tormented’ which led to the band’s first record deal with Flip Records,” says a press release.
“There hasn’t been a gig since we first wrote this song in ’96 where we haven’t played Mudshovel,” adds Staind guitarist Mike Mushok. “It’s definitely become a fan favorite and I have as much fun playing it now as I did back then.”
In addition, The ‘Live: It’s Been Awhile’ album will be accompanied by ‘The Return of Staind: A Two Part Global Streaming Series’ event produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, which kicks off starting May 1st.
“These were the first grouping of shows we played together in 2019, when we were gearing up for what was to be a very busy 2020…that never happened,” states Staind lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Aaron Lewis. “I’m glad we captured that energy here and can share it with those who couldn’t be at Foxwoods.”
Regarding the online series, a presser notes, “STAIND will also be performing their iconic multi-platinum 2001 album Break The Cycle in its entirety for a May 8 streaming event, exactly 20 years after the album’s release. The 20th Anniversary Of Break The Cycle, Performed In Its Entirety takes place at Mill 1 in Open Square in Holyoke, Massachusetts, bringing the band back to their Western Mass roots. Please note, this is a fully virtual event, with no in-person attendance.”
Lewis adds, “Our first show together in 1995 was at a now defunct bar called the Waterfront in Holyoke. We played mostly covers, because that’s what you had to do back then. Turns out The Waterfront is two miles from where we did this. Here we are, two miles down the road, 26 years later, celebrating the anniversary of the album that helped us break though 20 years ago and altered our lives forever.”
Both global streaming events start at 2:00 PM PDT / 5:00 PM EDT / 10:00 PM BST / 11:00 PM CEST on their respective days and will be accessible for 72 hours. Tickets and bundles and be purchased at staindlive.com, you can also watch a trailer below.
‘Live: It’s Been Awhile’ track listing:
01. Eyes Wide Open (Live)
02. Paper Jesus (Live)
03. Not Again (Live)
04. Fade (Live)
05. For You (Live)
06. Something (Live)
07. Intro (Live)
08. Crawl (Live)
09. Right Here (Live)
10. Outside (Live)
11. Paper Wings (Live)
12. So Far Away (Live)
13. Raw (Live)
14. It’s Been Awhile (Live)
15. Mudshovel (Live)
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