AARON LEWIS Teases STAIND 2020 Return, Possible 2019 Live Shows
March 11, 2019
Aaron Lewis has teased a possible return of STAIND in 2020, adding that "there might even be live shows this year."
Lewis brought up the prospect of a STAIND comeback during his solo concert this past Saturday night (March 9) in Oklahoma City. While preparing to play an acoustic version of the band's 2001 megahit "It's Been Awhile", Aaron told the crowd: "So what if I told you that STAIND is coming back next year? I might be lying, but I might not. There might even be live shows this year. I can't say for sure. You never know."
The last time STAIND performed was back in August 2017 at the "Aaron Lewis And Friends" benefit concert in Northampton, Massachusetts. The event saw three of the band's original members — Lewis, guitarist Mike Mushok and bassist Johnny April — playing a three-song acoustic finale with current drummer Sal Giancarelli. It marked STAIND's first live appearance in three years.
Prior to the the "Aaron Lewis And Friends" concert, Mushok told iRockRadio that he "definitely" wanted to make new music with STAIND. He also confirmed that STAIND doesn't have a record label at the moment. Mushok said: "I don't think it's necessary for us to do a 10-song record. It's just so much work to get a good record done. [And albums] don't sell at all. You get the same bang for the buck if you put out one or three [songs], or whatever it is — as long as it's great."
Lewis first dipped his toes into country music with his 2011 EP, "Town Line". His second full-length album, "Sinner", arrived in the fall of 2016 and was followed by a stand-alone single, "Folded Flag".
Lewis will release his third full-length country album, "State I'm In", on April 12 via Big Machine imprint Valory Music.
Mushok and ex-THREE DAYS GRACE vocalist Adam Gontier unveiled SAINT ASONIA in early 2015, releasing a self-titled debut album and scoring a Top 10 rock single with "Better Place". SAINT ASONIA's second full-length effort is due later this year via Spinefarm Records.