well here it is the last day of the tour - one more show tonight. i just want to thank everyone who was able to come to a show and check it out - we really appreciate it. actually winding down touring for this year. we get about a week off then out for a month with creed and then we'll be done for a bit. it's really been a great tour - great bands, great shows and some really great audiences.

one of the highlights that stand out for me was being able to play the ride for dime benefit in dallas a couple of weeks ago. let me tell you though it was really nerve wracking and a lot of work. i ended up playing guitar on "walk", "cowboys from hell" and "this love". it's funny - when they asked us if we wanted to play the benefit they asked which pantera songs we knew and i knew how to play "im broken" and "this love". of course i get "walk" and "cowboys from hell". needless to say i spent a few days having to learn them. it gave me a whole new respect for just how great dime was on guitar. i always knew it but i wanted to play the songs like he recorded them. i spent a lot of time trying to get it like the record and there are some really challenging parts there. also, it was so much fun to play it live!! it was also great to be able to play with corey from slipknot and tim from soil. they're both really talented musician's. it was fun to be able to hang out and talk guitar with some of the other guys on the bill also - doc from god forbid and phil from machine head. good day. i'd be lying if i said i wan't happy once the set was over though. i was a bit nervous seeing as we hadn't played "walk"ever as that line up and only ran through "cowboys" once. it came off alright - couple of minor hiccups (as im sure you can see on youtube) but all in all we made it through. it's really cool that people came out to support dime - he really was one of the best!!! people and musician. it's really important to remember him and the tragedy that happened 5 years ago. we miss ya dime!!


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Comment by StAiND Forever on September 21, 2009 at 11:57am
Mike, I agree. Dallas was lucky to have you guys three times in a week. Seeing everyone at Tree's for Lo-Pro was awesome. I didn't get to RideforDime, but I have friends who stood beside the stage and said it was amazing. I'm so sad I missed it. I got a chance to talk to you at the radio station m&g w/ Aaron, and asked about "this love" at the show that evening, I was blown away. Your amazing... And for all the shit talkers that say Aaron is "loosing" his voice, they just needed to be in the audience for RideforDime and the Stimulate This show. Amazing.. Keep up the good work!
Comment by Stacey Bravick on September 4, 2009 at 1:02am
Looking forward to my next Staind show. You guys are always the greatest. Thanks for always making it special!!
Comment by wdclaywell on September 3, 2009 at 7:17pm

Mike, it was amazing so see you play in Toledo...watching you play at times defys gravity and musical sensibility. When combined with this beautiful guitar...time seemed to stand still. You seemed to make it talk to the crowd, if that is possible....you are a gifted artist. Take Care
Comment by Crystal Bloss on September 3, 2009 at 12:39pm
Can you believe the words that are coming out of your mouth?You're living the life!Did you want to be a rockstar when you were little?Staind is the only band I will ever go to see.I will forever be a fan!
Comment by Shannon on September 3, 2009 at 8:50am
Wish I couldve went to that! Although, I have had the priviledge of seeing you do This Love a few years ago. It was Unbelievable! Mike, You are Awesome on that guitar! I saw you guys in Evansville, on July 24th. As usual, You guys put on another Amazing show. You come to Indiana, I will always be there. Thanks for taking another picture with me. You and Aaron were the only ones who came and talked to us out by the buses. You guys are very nice and you never let us down. I cant wait to do it, again! Hope you guys can enjoy some time off, You deserve it.

Comment by trayce on September 2, 2009 at 1:04am
Hey Mike, got to see four shows this summer met you twice thanks for taking the time it means so much, i always have a smile on my face for LIKE days. got to go to the V.T. show last nite drove from NewJ ersey to see the last show it was so worth it . you killed it! you are so gifted and such a great person. can wait to see you on Oct.14,2009 in Nashville,T.N. its going to be great. its going to be my first time in nashville anyway enjoy your time off and thanks for the great shows and for one of my best day of my life in Asbury Park, N.J.thanks mike see you in nashville!
Comment by Rachel Reynolds on September 1, 2009 at 10:04pm
Amazing concert last night thank you so much for performing so close to me, I am your biggest fan I swear. Please come up to the North Country again soon. Love you guys!!!!!
Comment by SteFanie on September 1, 2009 at 9:34am
great tour, great bands, great fans. i already miss you guys. i hate when a tour comes to an end, but you guys def need some time OFF!!! it's always so hard to get back to reality after a great staind experience. i kinda feel like crap for a few days because it was SUCH A GREAT TIME i hate to go back to the daily grind...sucks so much. your shows are the few moments that i can slip away and not have a care in the world, and i thank you for that! enjoy the time off and i'll be seeing you again on the road :)
Comment by T on September 1, 2009 at 9:29am
Great job last night with "This Love' and Eruption...f'n stellar my friend...=) all around another excellent performance by Staind....you guys never cease to amaze...
Comment by un2nedg on September 1, 2009 at 7:57am
Dime is great, Mike you are to me what Dimebag is to you. In a world of jaded musicians you chose to make an affordable signature guitar for a working man and not dress up like an EMO chick !

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