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Staind at Ruoff Music Center on 08/12/23

Noblesville, Indiana

Photos by Laura Fox (LLFoxphotos)

Review by Dave Fox

If you’re like me and you were disappointed when Staind went on hiatus, you’ll definitely want to catch them while they’re out on tour this summer. They put on a great show before Godsmack’s killer set at Ruoff Music Center Saturday night, and they’ll be on a headlining tour beginning in September.

Since lead singer/rhythm guitarist Aaron Lewis has been touring solo as a country artist, I wasn’t sure what to expect. And when he sauntered onto stage with a lit cigarette in his mouth, I was prepared for the worst. But once the music started and Lewis started belting out the tunes, I knew it was going to be OK. It was, in fact, better than OK.

Even though Lewis isn’t the most dynamic singer, his voice was strong and sounded good. He didn’t talk a lot, but did comment on how amazing it was to be playing for such a large and enthusiastic crowd.

Guitarist Mike Mushok (also of Saint Asonia) was a treat to hear and see - he did enough head banging for the entire band. Bassist Johnny April was smooth and slick – I especially enjoyed watching the way he manipulated the strings. Drummer Sal Giancarelli looked like he was beating the hell out of the skins, and having fun while doing it.

Staind’s 14-song setlist included a couple of songs from their upcoming album, “Confessions of the Fallen,” which is due out September 22, 2023. They also played all the fan favorites, including a solo acoustic version of “Something to Remind You.” The set ended with the hugely popular, “Mudshovel,” leaving the crowd totally amped up for Godsmack.

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