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Staind (/steɪnd/ STAYND) is an American rock band from Springfield, Massachusetts, formed in 1995. The original lineup consisted of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Aaron Lewis, lead guitarist Mike Mushok, bassist and backing vocalist Johnny April, and drummer Jon Wysocki. The lineup has been stable outside of the 2011 departure of Wysocki, who was replaced by Sal Giancarelli. Staind has recorded seven studio albums: Tormented (1996), Dysfunction (1999), Break the Cycle (2001), 14 Shades of Grey (2003), Chapter V (2005), The Illusion of Progress (2008), and Staind (2011). The band was most successful in the early 2000s, with Break the Cycle going five times platinum in the United States and producing a top-five Billboard Hot 100 hit with its lead single "It's Been Awhile". Break the Cycle, along with the band's following two full-length albums, also topped the Billboard 200, and the two after peaked within the top five. Several of their other singles also became rock and pop hits, including "Fade", "For You", "Price to Play", "So Far Away", and "Right Here".

The band's activity became more sporadic after their self-titled release, with Lewis pursuing a solo country music career and Mushok subsequently joining the band Saint Asonia, but they have continued to tour on and off in the following years. In 2016, Lewis reiterated that the band had not broken up, and would possibly create another album, but that his then-current focus was on his solo career. The band reunited more permanently in 2019 for several shows, continuing with live appearances in 2020.

Amy Lee and Staind performed together for an unplugged version of the song Epiphany during the My Coke Fest Johannesburg festival in 2007.[1]

Band Members


  • Aaron Lewis – lead vocals, rhythm guitar (1995–2012, 2014, 2017, 2019–present)
  • Mike Mushok – lead guitar (1995–2012, 2014, 2017, 2019–present)
  • Johnny April – bass, backing vocals (1995–2012, 2014, 2017, 2019–present)
  • Sal Giancarelli – drums (2011–2012, 2014, 2017, 2019–present)


  • Jon Wysocki – drums (1995–2011)


  • Tormented (1996)
  • Dysfunction (1999)
  • Break The Cycle (2001)
  • 14 Shades of Grey (2003)
  • Chapter V (2005)
  • The Illusion of Progress (2008)
  • Staind (2011)

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