It's been awhile (pardon the pun) since New England nü-metalers Staind have been around, but the band is all set to make its triumphant return to the rock forefront this summer — and in a big way.
Staind's new album, Chapter V, will be hitting stores on August 9 (see "Staind Guitarist Has That Old Familiar Feeling About Chapter V"). The band will also be joining forces with Southern rock purveyors 3 Doors Down and hard rockers Breaking Benjamin in late June for a 44-date North American road trip. But before Staind take to the blacktop, frontman Aaron Lewis and guitarist Mike Mushok will be giving their fans a little taste of what's to come.
Monday in Cleveland, Lewis and Mushok hopped on a tour bus for what could only be described as a listening party on wheels. Last night marked the first of 14 stops on their promotional listening tour. In a posting on the band's Web site, Staind invited their fans to e-mail them if they wanted to win a chance to listen to Chapter V in its entirety.
The party will continue Tuesday (May 3) in Detroit and hit cities in Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut before wrapping up in New York on May 18.
The Staind, 3 Doors Down and Breaking Benjamin tour kicks off in Manchester, New Hampshire, on June 30, and should wrap up sometime in mid-September. Only 20 of the trek's 44 dates have been announced thus far, and tour organizers plan to add a fourth band to the lineup. MTV News will bring you those additional details once they've been firmed up.
3 Doors Down, Staind and Breaking Benjamin tour dates, according to 3 Doors Down's management:
- 6/30 - Manchester, NH @ Verizon Wireless Arena
- 7/2 - Charlottetown, PE @ Festival of Lights
- 7/4 - Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Events Center
- 7/8 - Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center
- 7/9 - Camden, NJ @ Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
- 7/10 - Portland, ME @ Cumberland County Civic Center
- 7/12 - Quebec City, QC @ The Agora
- 7/14 - Sarnia, ON @ Sarnia Bayfest
- 7/15 - Burgettstown, PA @ Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake
- 7/16 - Hartford, CT @ Ctnow.com Meadows Music Theater
- 7/19 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
- 7/20 - Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Amphitheatre
- 7/22 - Tinley Park, IL @ Tweeter Center
- 7/23 - Columbus, OH @ Germain Amphitheater
- 7/24 - Moline, IL @ The Mark of the Quad Cities
- 7/31 - Charleston, WV @ Charleston Civic Center Coliseum
- 8/3 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
- 8/25 - St. Paul, MN @ Minnesota State Fair
- 8/26 - Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheatre
- 9/4 - Syracuse, NY @ New York State Fair