Multi-platinum band Staind, with the much-anticipated release of their 6th studio album, “The Illusion of Progress” (Flip/Atlantic), on August 19, is kicking off a...

Multi-platinum band Staind, with the much-anticipated release of their 6th studio album, “The Illusion of Progress” (Flip/Atlantic), on August 19, is kicking off a world summer tour on July 4 in Muskegon, MI, prior to band’s joining the 3 Doors Down bill on July 9 in St. Louis, MO. Staind will also mount an international tour with Nickelback beginning on September 8 in Cologne, Germany. The first single from their new album, “Believe,” will hit radio and iTunes June 24.

“The Illusion of Progress” is the follow-up to 2005’s RIAA platinum-certified “Chapter V.” The band’s last three studio albums all debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart, joining an elite shortlist of five other artists who have also accomplished this feat, including U2, Dave Matthews Band, System Of A Down, Van Halen, and Disturbed.

The album was produced by Johnny K and recorded in the home studio of Staind vocalist Aaron Lewis, with the original band line-up of Mike Mushok (guitar), Jon Wysocki (drums, percussion), and Johnny April (bass, vocals). The band calls the new project the “most musical CD” they have recorded to date, and they treated fans to a series of intimate, behind-the-scenes “webisodes” posted on Staind.com, documenting their recording process.

“We went into the studio with the mindset of making our heaviest record yet, but the record that came out has flavors of Pink Floyd and straight-up blues,” said Lewis in a statement. “We didn’t use the same rigs that we use onstage; we used all vintage guitars and amps, and I’m pretty psyched about it! The songs are pretty timeless in their texture.”

During their 10-year tenure, Staind has sold more than 15 million records worldwide, produced four #1 singles that spanned three different radio formats, including two massive crossover singles, “It’s Been Awhile” and “Right Here” (certified RIAA gold). “It’s Been Awhile” spent 16 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Modern Rock chart, making it the #1 most-played rock record of 2002.

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Staind tour dates:

July 4 Heritage Landing Muskegon, MI
July 5 Indianola National Balloon Launch Indianola, IN (w/Stone Temple Pilots)
July 7 Adado Riverfront Park Lansing, MI
July 8 Capitol Federal Park @ Sandstone Bonner Springs, KS
July 9 UMB Bank Pavilion St. Louis, MO
July 11 Blossom Music Theatre Cuyahoga Falls, OH
July 12 Marcus Amphitheatre Milwaukee, WI
July 13 First Midwest Bank Pavilion Tinley Park, IL
July 16 PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel, NJ
July 18 New England Dodge Music Center Hartford, CT
July 19 Delaware State Fair Harrington, DE
July 20 Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs, NY
July 22 Tweeter Center Mansfield, MA
July 23 Cumberland County Civic Center Portland, ME
July 25 Darien Lake Theme Park Darien Center, NY
July 26 Susquehanna Bank Center Camden, NJ
July 27 Hershey Park Stadium Hershey, PA
July 29 Roberts Stadium Evansville, IN
July 30 DTE Energy Music Theater Clarkston, MI
August 1 Firstier Arena Kearney, NE
August 2 West Fair Amphitheater Council Bluffs, IA
August 3 Bayfront Park Duluth, MN
August 5 Casper Event Center Arena Casper, WY
August 7 Sioux Empire Fair Expo Hall Sioux Falls, SD
August 8 Buffalo Chip Campground Sturgis, SD
August 10 Lonestar Amphitheater Lubbock, TX
August 12 Concrete Street Amphitheater Corpus Christi, TX
August 13 Belton County Expo Center Belton, TX
August 15 Kiefer UNO Lakefront Arena New Orleans, LA
August 16 Bancorp South Center Tupelo, MS
August 21 Minnesota State Fair St. Paul, MN
August 23 The Penngrowth Saddledome Calgary, ALB
August 24 Rexall Place Edmonton, ALB
August 26 General Motors Place Vancouver, BC
August 27 WaMu Theater Seattle, WA
August 29 Mandalay Bay Las Vegas, NV
August 30 Konocti Field Amphitheater Kelseyville, CA

With Nickelback:

September 8 Cologne Arena Cologne, GER
September 9 Schleyerhalle Stuttgart, GER
September 12 Odyssey Arena Belfast, UK
September 13 RDS Simmonscourt Dublin, IRE
September 15 MEN Arena Manchester, UK
September 16 Sheffield Arena Sheffield, UK
September 18 The NEC Birmingham, UK
September 19 O2 Arena London, UK
September 21 Wembley Arena London, UK