STONE SOUR's sophomore album, "Come What(ever) May", is poised to sell between 75,000 and 80,000 copies during its first week of release to land at position No. 4 on The Billboard 200 chart, according to Hits Daily Double.
STONE SOUR is currently on the road with KORN and DEFTONES as part of The Family Values Tour, which kicked off on July 29 in Nashville, TN. The band will debut its new single, "Through Glass", live on national television Thursday, August 8 when it performs on NBC-TV's "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno".
For the song's video, STONE SOUR worked with director Tony Petrossian (SLIPKNOT, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, HEAD AUTOMATICA) to create a potent visual that assails the ever-growing plastic celebrity culture. In the clip — shot at a Chatsworth, CA hilltop home previously owned by Frank Sinatra — stereotypical caricatures of celebrity and entertainment industry figures are seen at a party as members of STONE SOUR wander throughout the house. C.C. Deville (of POISON fame and more recently of "The Surreal Life" on VH1) has a cameo as one of the revelers. The members of the band stand in sharp contrast to the farce playing out around them. The artificiality of the celebrities and industry types is underlined when they literally transform into cardboard cutouts of themselves and are picked up and carried away by stagehands. The video storyline ends with STONE SOUR performing alone in front of a sign that captures it all: "HOLLOWOOD."
The song itself — with its reference to "An epidemic of the mannequins contaminating everything" — began when STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor (also of SLIPKNOT) was "sitting in a European hotel room watching a music video channel," he says. "I just remember seeing act after act of this inane, innocuous, plastic music. They were bubbly gossamer-thin groups, where it was really more about the clothes they wore and the length of their cheekbones than it was about the content of the song they were singing. 'Through Glass' is really a very angry song. It's me basically calling 'bullshit' on pretty much everyone involved with the 'American Idol'-type shows. It has its place, but when you're basically cornering the market and making it very hard for anyone who actually writes their own music to get ahead, then it's wrong and that's really why I wrote this song."
The public's fixation on the lives of celebrities and plastic culture, as reflected in the video, is distracting people from focusing on society's real problems, Taylor feels. "People are realizing now — a little too late — that they let the administration get away with things that are unconstitutional, including pardoning their white collar crime friends. A brain can only take so much before you say, 'Good God, I need to wrap my head around something that I can deal with.' So people go to these innocuous magazines that show the glamorous life. They want to see celebrities' lifestyles they don't want to know what celebrities think for the most part. They don't want them to be socially conscious because then they have to realize that there is a problem."
You can check out the video at this location.