Staind Still Strong On New Live Release

Courtesy: Armoury Records/Atlantic Records

Nineties aggro-rock band Staind has released its very first official live CD.  “Live From Mohegan Sun” is a career retrospective that covers songs from across the band’s current catalogue of seven albums, dating all the way back to 1996’s “Tormented.”  The show is the first in a series of releases documenting the band’s November 25, 2011 performance at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Montville, CT.  A DVD and blu-ray portion will follow this release August 14th. To check out ‘It’s Been A While’ from the upcoming DVD and blu-ray release, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9tA6mErJNU&feature=youtu.be.

The show opens with the driving, ‘Eyes Wide Open.’  Drummer Sal Giancarelli gets the audience moving with his beats, with the rest of the band following immediately after.  The band keeps the energy moving on ‘Falling’, before slowing things down just a little bit on ‘Right Here.’  The band really slows things down right after that with the darker, more moody, ‘Throw It All Away’ before kicking the show back into high gear on ‘Spleen.’  Fans will love that the show also includes some of the band’s biggest hits including, ‘So Far Away’, ‘For You’, It’s Been A While’ and ‘Mudshovel.’    

The show’s set list is a solid example of the band’s body of work.  What makes the songs better is one of the key’s to any good show.  Rather than just playing them exactly as in the studio, the band switches things up here and there.  The audio transfer on the show is relatively solid, too, from start to finish.  It makes the whole experience that much more enjoyable.  For fans that grew up with Staind from its early days, this live show really brings back memories of their youth.  For less initiated fans, it’s a way to experience the band in a way that they perhaps haven’t yet had.  Speaking of having the opportunity to see the band live, Staind will be out on the road this Summer on the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival.  Fans in North Carolina will get the opportunity to see the band live as the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival will be making a stop at the Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek on Tuesday, September 11th.

Fans can get a full list of the festival tour dates online at http://www.rockstaruproar.com, http://www.facebook.com/RockstarUPROAR, http://twitter.com/RockstarUPROAR, and http://www.myspace.com/uproarfest.  Staind fans can get the latest news and more from the band online at http://www.staind.com, http://www.facebook.com/Staind, and http://twitter.com/staindmusic.

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