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).
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