Massive Mass Chaos is rock tour for the ages
A rock concert this big means it can only be held in one place — Ford Pavilion. The Mass Chaos Tour with co-headliners Godsmack and Staind sharing headlining status will roll into Beaumont on Tuesday, April 24 with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. with a showtime of 6:30 p.m. Also performing will be Halestorm and Man Made Machine. Tickets can be purchased at the Ford Park box office and other Ticketmaster locations including the HEB on Dowlen Road in Beaumont, Beaumont Civic Center, Lake Charles Civic Center, ticketmaster.com and charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000
The Mass Chaos Tour kicks off April 13 in Augusta, Ga., and the 20-date tour will make stops in cites such as New Orleans, Lubbock, Phoenix, Nashville and Syracuse.Godsmack and Staind have combined to sell more than 30 million albums, 11 No. 1 singles and more than three dozen charting hits. Add that resume of rock with Halestorm, who just released their second album The Strange Case Of... on Atlantic Records, along with newcomers Man Made Machine and Southeast Texas is set for one of the biggest rock shows ever to come down Interstate 10.
Staind, who headlined a rock show at Ford Arena in December 2008 with Seether and Papa Roach, formed in 1995 and are touring in support of their seventh studio album Staind, which was released in 2011. Two singles from the album charted in the Top 5 Billboard rock chart including “Eyes Wide Open” and their fifth chart topper, “Not Again.”
Other mega hits produced by Staind are “Outside,” “Fade,” “Price to Play,” “So Far Away,” “Right Here,” “Believe” and “It’s Been Awhile,” which was the most played rock song in a decade.
One member of each band — vocalist Sully Erna of Godsmack, lead guitarist Mike Mushok of Staind and singer Lzzy Hale of Halestorm — participated in a teleconference with numerous media outlets to discuss the Mass Chaos Tour.
In this issue, we single out Mushok of Staind.
A co-headlining tour, is that just a reality of the music business today that you kind of have to do these things to survive on a bigger scale?
I mean, my opinion of it is it’s something we’ve always tried to do. I know whenever we try to put through, we basically put through the best package we can. And I think in this economy it’s tough for people to have extra money to be able to go to a show. It’s kind of like a little bit of a luxury. So, I mean, the more bang for the buck you can give them, I think the more likely chance you have of getting people there and, hopefully, give them the most value for the dollars. So, that was really the idea for us and we had this record and we were looking to who we could play with and Godsmack was like, ‘that would be fantastic if those guys wanted to do it.’ So, we went and put it together.Do you remember how Godsmack and Staind met?
I remember hearing those guys locally on the radio. We were trying to get our stuff played, like right around the same time, and, I mean, our first, I think we played a Warped Tour, like on the local stage together. I think we did some show in Springfield together, and then kind of didn’t really see each other for awhile. I mean, we were just about to put out our second record; theirs had just come out, and we did a tour together in 2000, and really kind of became good friends. In fact, Sully, we stayed in touch for a bunch of years after that and we kind of lost track of each other and I came to this opportunity again to play together. And as I said earlier, I mean, I just thought it was a great way to kind of reunite with these guys and, I mean, I think that between all the bands on there, you’re definitely going to have heard some of the songs that are played during the evening before. So, it should
How does the Staind of 2012 compare with the Staind of 1995 or 1999?
Well, we have a drummer now; that’s one big difference. Look, I think what we tried to do on this record is kind of come back to what Staind of ‘99 was. I mean, that was really the idea behind it, to kind of get a little more aggressive and really the reason why we started the band was kind of play more aggressive music. We kind of went on this journey and I think the last record you lose the progress; really kind of took us as far away from that and we could have gotten almost. And, look, I enjoy the journey. I love some of the songs on the last record, but I think after kind of completing that, we said, ‘Let’s kind of come back to why we started the band,’ and that’s really what the idea was behind the album. And, look, obviously now Aaron (Lewis, singer) has a solo thing going on, so that kind of ties up his time, so it makes it a little more difficult to get all the time we need for Staind. So, those are really the big differences.
The first single from the most recent album, ‘Not Again,’ was released last summer. Do you have any plans to release additional singles and any videos from the new album?
No, that’s it. We’re calling it quits. Yeah, there’s a single, ‘Eyes Wide Open,’ is out now, and we’re trying to figure out what’s going to be next actually right now. And there’s a live video that we did with ‘Eyes Wide Open’ also. So, I don’t know. In case any videos are either on your website or YouTube or whatever these days, I think for the most part, as far as rock bands go. So, yeah, we’re on single number two now and I think it’s top ten or something.
Staind has been around for 15 years. What would you say are the biggest reasons for your band lasting as long as they have?
Honestly I think that we, and obviously I think Godsmack is going to make this a great tour, Sully and Halestorm, too. I know you guys have some great fans. But I think all three of us know that if it wasn’t for the fans, we wouldn’t be here. They allow us to do this. Those are the ones that buy a ticket, come to the show, support the bands, and, I mean, that’s why we’re still around obviously. We do our best to write the best music we can. I know Lzzy and Sully do also and you try to put out the best product that you can and you hope that people like it and want to listen to it and be a part of it. So, we’ve been fortunate so far and, hopefully, we can continue.