Multi-platinum rock band Staind will issue “Live: It’s Been Awhile,” its first release in nine years, on May 7, 2021, via Yap’em/Alchemy Recordings. Pre-order the album HERE.
The “Live: It’s Been Awhile” album will be accompanied by “The Return Of Staind: A Two Part Global Streaming Series” in partnership with Danny Wimmer Presents. The series will launch with Staind’s “Live: It’s Been Awhile (From Foxwoods)” concert on May 1. The album and concert were recorded at the band’s comeback show at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, in October 2019. The never-before-seen concert celebrates the band’s reunion after a five-year hiatus.
“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,” lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Aaron Lewis said. “I’m glad we captured that energy here and can share it with those who couldn’t be at Foxwoods.”
Staind also will perform its 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 its Western Mass roots. This is a fully virtual event, with no in-person attendance.
“Our first show together in 1995 was at a now defunct bar called the Waterfront in Holyoke,” Lewis said. “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 will debut at 2 p.m. PDT/5 p.m. EDT/10 p.m. BST/11 p.m. CEST on their respective days and will be available on-demand for 72 hours.
Purchase tickets for one or both of the streaming events at StaindLive.com. Fans can purchase bundles and VIP experiences, including exclusive merchandise, a custom Staind guitar autographed by the entire band and a virtual meet-and-greet with the band.