December 29, 2014

At the moment, Staind has no plans to get back together and begin working on its eighth studio album, with guitarist Mike Mushok recently telling a New Jersey radio station, “There is no real new material.”


Aside from a few festival shows earlier this year, Staind has not been active either live or on the recording front since finishing the touring cycle behind its 2011 self-titled seventh album.

Mushok revealed, “I was actually trying to do this thing where I was writing with different singers, and Aaron (Lewis, Staind frontman) was one of those singers that I was talking to.” Apparently that project never got off the ground.

Aaron Lewis has been pursuing a career as a solo artist in the country music field, releasing an EP called Town Line in 2011 and a full-length album titled The Road in 2012.

Also left hanging was the fate of Newsted, a band led by former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted in which Mushok played for a while in 2013.

Jason Newsted “shut down” the project nearly a year ago, citing “private and personal circumstances,” after more than a year of touring and promotion for the Metal EP and full-length Heavy Metal Music album.

  • Mushok, who played on the latter, said that Newsted was “kind of just taking a little break now,” adding, “I know (Jason)’s still writing music and we still talk, but there’s not really any plans as far as that goes today.”