Thursday September 15th, 2011, Staind threw a tribute show for the tenth anniversary of 9/11.
In a move that some might call exploitative, the band charged $9.11 for a ticket. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. A nice PR move? Perhaps. But exploitative? Nope.
Every cent of the ticket sales (excluding the Ticketmaster charge I’m sure) went to the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund. On top of that, Staind’s record label Atlantic Records promised to match the donation of the ticket sales.
Opening the show was a spokeswoman for the charity who called on other artists and labels in the music industry to take note of what Staind was doing, looking beyond themselves at a greater cause.
And with that, it was showtime.
The sold-out crowd at The Best Buy Theater in Times Square ranged from 16-year-old punk kids to 50-year-old construction workers, from popped collared Shore boys to BLS members. But one thing rang true for everyone there: They were proud to be a part of this special night…and they wanted to hear some intense rock and roll.
Their wish came true.
The night opened with the crowd-pleasing and mosh-inducing “Mudshovel.” The show carried on for nearly 90 minutes, covering fan favorites, an Aaron Lewis solo tune and a large spectrum of brand new music off of the band’s self-titled album that came out this past Tuesday September 13th, 2011. This is Staind’s seventh studio album, and arguably the heaviest to date.
In a documentary that you can watch for free on YouTube, Aaron Lewis explains how Break The Cycle was the beginning of the end of the heavy side of Staind…All of a sudden the band was playing politics with record labels and the radio airwaves. Their latest endeavor is a break from that and a return to their roots of Tormented and Dysfunction.
That being said, it was perfect that the show began with “Mudshovel” and ended with their brand new single “Not Again.” In my opinion, this song is one of the band’s best and it was beyond enjoyable to see it performed live at a small venue like Best Buy Theater. Staind is used to playing outdoor festivals or arenas that seat 15,000+…This was a unique opportunity both for the band and the fans.
From beginning to end, this was a very, very fun show. The crowd sang along to nearly every lyric and the band executed each song expertly. If you missed it, don’t fret: The concert was streamed live online for free, and you can watch it below.
It was a great night of live rock that served a great cause…Staind and Atlantic Records deserves a huge round of applause for stepping up and commemorating September 11th.
The set list for the night…
Before I go, I want to give a shout out to Mike Mushok, perhaps one of the greatest metal guitarist alive today. This guy is phenomenal and complex on the guitar, and beyond that…the dude has got the absolute best stage presence of anyone around. If you’re a band and you play live, take a second to watch Mushok and take notes. He is the epitome of live rock and roll.
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