Massachusetts-based rockers STAIND will perform at this year's Louder Than Life festival, set to take place September 27-29 at the event's new home at Louisville's Highly Festival Grounds at the KY Expo Center. Also scheduled to appear are SLIPKNOT, DISTURBED, GODSMACK, ROB ZOMBIE, MARILYN MANSON, BREAKING BENJAMIN, CHEVELLE, HALESTORM and many more.
"We wouldn't be living up to the name Louder Than Life if we didn't come back bigger and badder than ever, giving fans something they can't see anywhere else," says festival producer Danny Wimmer. "Getting STAIND back together and plugged in on the main stage is something that I've been working on for years. These are songs that need to be heard, that fans have been dying to hear — STAIND has been one of the most requested bands on our socials, and it's an honor to be bringing their music back for the fans at Louder Than Life."
Wimmer continues: "SLIPKNOT has always had some of the most loyal, rabid fans in rock, but now they are at that pivotal moment when they’ve crossed over into iconic status; DISTURBED has had their best touring numbers to date this year; then top it off with one of the biggest rock bands of all time in GUNS N' ROSES… this year is our most massive lineup yet."
STAIND frontman Aaron Lewis says: "I love everything about being a country artist, but it's going to feel great to get heavy with STAIND." Guitarist Mike Mushok adds: "I'm really excited to get back to work with the band we started 25 years ago. This is the 20th anniversary of our first major label debut, 'Dysfunction', and I'm excited to see what the future holds. Can't wait to get out there and play these songs again and connect with our awesome fans that have allowed us to do what we love... create and play music."
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, 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 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.
Louder Than Life 2019 festival billing:
Friday, September 27
A DAY TO REMEMBER
MOTIONLESS IN WHITE
PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS
THE CRYSTAL METHOD
FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES
NEW YEARS DAY
ALL THEM WITCHES
Saturday, September 28
GUNS N' ROSES
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS
LIKE A STORM
Sunday, September 29
THREE DAYS GRACE
AMIGO THE DEVIL
FIRE FROM THE GODS