The breakout moment for Staind came in an unusual place: Biloxi, Mississippi - a far reach from their home base of Springfield, Massachusetts. It was there, on Halloween 1999, that they performed on the Family Values Tour, headlined by Limp Bizkit. At the end of their set, Aaron Lewis took his acoustic guitar to the front of the stage, sat down, and played "Outside" live for the first time. During the performance, Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit sat nearby, singing on the chorus and gently hyping the crowd ("Biloxi!").
You wouldn't think a never-heard, confessional acoustic song would go over well with the nu-metal Limp Bizkit crowd, but it did. The audience hung on every word and put their lighters up, "Freebird" style. The performance was so powerful, the live recording was included on the Family Values Tour 1999
album and also issued as a promotional single, which was released to radio in 2000 credited to "Aaron Lewis From Staind With Fred Durst." Many stations put it in rotation, giving Staind lots of buzz. It was a big break for the band, whose first major label album, Dysfunction
, was released earlier in 1999 and didn't produce any hits. When their next album, Break The Cycle
, was issued in 2001, many more people had at least heard of Staind thanks to the live version of "Outside." The first single from the album, the similarly moody "It's Been Awhile
," became a huge hit. The album eventually sold over 5 million copies and went to #1 in America, as did their next two.