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In 1993, lead singer Aaron Lewis, guitarist Mike Mushok, bassist Johnny April, and drummer Jon Wysocki created Staind in Springfield, MA. Starting off at small venues, the alternative metal band played covers of songs by KoRn, Rage Against the Machine, Pearl Jam, and Alice in Chains, but they also developed new material. Inspired by Pantera and Sepultra, Staind released their debut album, Tormented, in 1996. With a heavy metal music style like Disturbed, Seether, and Hinder, Staind opened for several hard rock bands. According to Billboard, "Staind carried the nu-metal torch with unsuspecting vigor," but they were still on the fringes of the music industry.
A few years after they formed, the heavy metal group met the lead singer of Limp Bizkit before a concert in 1997. Initially, Fred Durst was offended by the Tormented CD cover art and suspected that Staind worshipped Satan. Despite the bad first impression, as soon as he heard them play, the vocalist took Staind under his wing and eventually signed the band to his recording label, Flip Records. Two years later, they released Dysfunction and opened for Kid Rock as well as the Limp Bizkit Family Values Tour. Their 2001 studio album, Break the Cycle, rose to the top of the charts in both the US and the UK with singles like "For You," "Fade," and the smash hit "It's Been Awhile."
Along with Eddie Vedder, Chad Kroeger, and Bono, Aaron Lewis is one of the most popular modern rock stars. In addition to Staind concert tours, the band released 14 Shades of Grey in 2003 with the song "So Far Away" and followed up with Chapter V and The Singles: 1996-2006. The first song from Chapter V, "Right Here," was a number one hit that mainstream audiences loved. A rock quartet, Staind has collaborated with bands such as Linkin Park, Sevendust, Clutch, and the Stone Temple Pilots, and they released a new album in 2008 called The Illusion of Progress. "Believe," their new single, reached number one on the Billboard Top 10 Modern Rock chart.