It was almost easy to overlook Staind on the bill at this year’s Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival. Shoehorned in between P.O.D., Adelitas Way and Godsmack, Shinedown Aaron Lewis and company were perhaps the best kept secret of the tour.
After a few years of losing focus and steam, Staind returned in 2011 with a brilliant new self-titled album, and a return to the heavier sound that initially put them on the map. They brought that energy to the Uproar crowd.
Metalholic caught the show in Boise, Idaho where the band made what Lewis proclaimed to be Staind’s first appearance there. The band wasted no time kicking the crowd in the teeth with the opening track from its seventh album, Staind. The band would close its 10 song set out with the album’s closing track, “Something To Remind You”. They would also perform “Not Again”, “Paper Wings” and “Now” from the new album.
The show’s second track, “Right Here” came from the band’s 2005 album, V. Staind pulled three tracks; “For You”, “Outside”, and “It’s Been Awhile”, from its massive 2001 release, Break The Cycle. From its early years, Staind offered up “Mudshovel”.
From the jump, guitarist Mike Mushok pounced about the stage with unbridled energy. Bassist Johnny April quietly but steadily moved about, keeping the groove, with Lewis in the center of it all. New drummer, Sal Giancarelli, who replaced John Wysocki in 2011, absolutely crushed the kit,and propelled the band through a tight set for an appreciative crowd.
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All photos by Rustyn Rose © 2012 Metalholic Magazine