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
, 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
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
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.