Staind Artistfacts

  • 1995-
    Aaron LewisVocals
    Mike MushokGuitar
    Jon WysockiDrums
    Johnny AprilBass
  • Their name was originally "Stain." They added the D when they found out another group (which became Kilgore Smudge and Lit), already had it.
  • Fred Durst from Limp Bizkit helped get them a record contract and co-produced their first album. Staind and Limp Bizkit both played on the 1999 Family Values tour.
  • They started as a cover band in 1995, playing songs by bands like Korn and Rage Against The Machine. This was the only way they could get gigs; they would sneak a few original songs into each set as they built a following.
  • Their second album entered the US charts at #1, selling over 700,000 copies its first week.
  • Lewis enjoys fishing and hunting. He has never killed anything he didn't eat.
  • Mushok studied engineering at the University of Massachusetts.
  • Lewis was born in Springfield, Vermont. His parents were "hippies" with pot plants in the front yard. They divorced when he was 13.
  • Wysocki is a golf fanatic.
  • Lewis attended goldsmith school in Atlanta before joining Staind. His mother's family owns a jewelry business.
  • Staind opened for Limp Bizkit in Hartford, Connecticut in 1997. Durst loved them and "adopted" them. But they almost didn't play because Durst was offended by the cover art of their 1996 album, Tormented.
  • To celebrate their album Break the Cycle, Lewis, Mushok, and Wysocki went out and bought Rolex watches.
  • The four bandmates rarely do anything that includes all four of them.
  • Lewis used to wear a watch given to him by his friend Kid Rock. In June 2001, he gave it to a hardcore fan in Detroit.
  • Lewis attended Longmeadow High School in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. He came back for a one night solo acoustic concert to benefit the Longmeadow music program.
  • Lewis has a wife, Vanessa, and three daughters: Zoe Jane (2002), Nyla Rae (2005) and Indie Shay (2007). >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Liz - S Windsor, CT, for above 2

Comments: 7

  • Mike from Glendale Heights, IlIf Jonathan Davis found alt metal's sound, Aaron Lewis found its soul. It is nice to see that Staind is getting due credit for its contributions to modern rock.
  • Liz from S Windsor, CtAaron Lewis has an absolutely amazing voice. I saw him in a solo acoustic concert and his voice has such a wide range...he sang everything from Pearl Jam to Led Zeppelin, Billy Joel, Pink Floyd and even played Bong Hits for Breakfast in his old high school auditorium for a benefit concert! It was an amazing show!!
  • Elliot from St. Louis, MoAaron Lewis uses so much emotion when he sings, and voice has amazing clarity. You can really feel and relate to everything he sings. He is awesome!!
  • Rob from ???, Txstaind is my favorite band ever. 'So Far Away' and 'Outside' describe me and my life so well. AARON LEWIS IS MY ROLE MODEL!
  • Chantal from Liverpool, CanadaBrittanie: that song is called Epiphany (you can look the meaning for it on this website) :)

    yes yes staind is a great band..gotta love their acoustics.
  • Brittanie from Ogden, Utif anyone knows what the song "it's always raining in my head" means, if it's even called that, can you please e-mail me at i would really appreciate it
  • Angel from Michigan City, InI love Staind, and the song "Zoe Jane" makes me cry. Staind is such a realistic band and every lyric they write is meaningful. Their music is nothing but pure emotion. Who doesnt love that??
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