STAIND Guitarist: 'We Weren't Able To' Make It Work With Drummer JON WYSOCKI

STAIND spoke to Fuse TV about the surprise departure of their drummer, Jon Wysocki, during the making of the band's new studio album.

"Seventeen years being a band together, we went to make the record, and it was tough; things weren't really going the way we wanted [them] to," guitarist Mike Mushok said at this past weekend's Rock On The Range in Ohio. "We tried to work through it, and I think it just got to the point where we realized that we weren't able to, and it was time to make a change."

Drummer Will Hunt (EVANESCENCE, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, TOMMY LEE) will sit behind the kit for STAIND for the next couple of shows before the group secures a more permanent replacement for Wysocki.

In a 2007 interview with Modern Drummer, Wysocki spoke of his fondness for recording and performing, but admitted he was uncomfortable with some aspects of fame.

"Favorite part of touring? That's easy — playing the live show," he said. "The worst part for me is when fans come up to me, sometimes I feel uncomfortable with their excitement at meeting me…. People view you a certain way, but we're just like anybody else who happens to be in a position that people think is glamorous. I don't feel any different from anyone else, it's just that I make my living playing the drums. People say certain things and I freeze up, I don't know what to say back. If it's a compliment, I say thanks, but when it's that gawking, worshiping type of thing, it just makes me uncomfortable. But don't get me wrong — I love and appreciate our fans!"

STAIND recently regrouped after a year-long break in to begin writing the follow-up to 2008's "The Illusion Of Progress". Singer Aaron Lewis described the CD to AOL's Noisecreep as "the heaviest thing we have recorded in a long time. It's definitely one of the heaviest collection of songs that we have put together.

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Comment by René Küpper on July 2, 2011 at 3:28pm

if i would be jon i didn't have worked at this new album too....

it does'nt sound like they comeback to the old albums like tormented or dysfunction...


this sounds like they turn arround about 180° and move in the wrong way like once Linkin Park did with their fucking hip hop shit


Staind was never a heavy metal band and after hearing "eyes wide open"  my first intention was WTF is this staind? it sounds like a badselled japanese music (rock?heavy? don't know wath it is but i don't like it) band...


i will buy the album  like all other albums before but if the hole album sounds like eyes wide open it will be the last one and i need to erase my Staind Tattoo on my body XD so i realy hope they don't fail... the first single from transformers "the bottom" was great so i say 50/50 xD

Comment by Renny Vargas on June 2, 2011 at 1:11am
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOo FUCK!!!!!!!!!!!! This new SUCKS!!!!!!! AFFF!!! :( I can be your new drummer but i'm in Venezuela!! You tell me :)
Comment by Stacie Siegel on May 31, 2011 at 4:32pm
   While I am disappointed to hear about Jon, what he says makes sense!   Then again, why is Jon saying this now, after they have been together for so long and have played who knows how many concerts?!  I have been a Staind fan for a long time, and I do not feel it will be quite the same without him!  What musicians do is important and meaningful to people's lives, but I am sure u already know that!  I can be in a mood, then a song comes on and it cheers me up- it is like it is just what I needed to hear at that moment!  I hope I am not gushing, but I am happy I got to see Staind perform at Rock on the Range (its been awhile since I've seen them)!  How about the crowd & all the surfers!  Please don't get bored with what you are doing, because u still need to put your thoughts and feelings into music!  The heavy stuff is definitely nice, because that is when I first started liking Staind, and you guys just do it so WELL!  :)
Comment by Mike on May 25, 2011 at 6:03pm
jon, NOOOOOOOO!!!!!
Comment by Justin Smith on May 25, 2011 at 10:22am
I will play drums for you guys. I know just about every single song you guys do. It would be an honor if I could be your permanent drummer. My name is Justin Smith I live in Richland Washington. If someone could get back to me on this that would be amazing. Thanks.
Comment by trayce on May 24, 2011 at 8:56pm


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