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 4Heritage LandingMuskegon, MI
July 5Indianola National Balloon LaunchIndianola, IN (w/Stone Temple Pilots)
July 7Adado Riverfront ParkLansing, MI
July 8Capitol Federal Park @ SandstoneBonner Springs, KS
July 9UMB Bank PavilionSt. Louis, MO
July 11Blossom Music TheatreCuyahoga Falls, OH
July 12Marcus AmphitheatreMilwaukee, WI
July 13First Midwest Bank PavilionTinley Park, IL
July 16PNC Bank Arts CenterHolmdel, NJ
July 18New England Dodge Music CenterHartford, CT
July 19Delaware State FairHarrington, DE
July 20Saratoga Performing Arts CenterSaratoga Springs, NY
July 22Tweeter CenterMansfield, MA
July 23Cumberland County Civic CenterPortland, ME
July 25Darien Lake Theme ParkDarien Center, NY
July 26Susquehanna Bank CenterCamden, NJ
July 27Hershey Park StadiumHershey, PA
July 29Roberts StadiumEvansville, IN
July 30DTE Energy Music TheaterClarkston, MI
August 1Firstier ArenaKearney, NE
August 2West Fair AmphitheaterCouncil Bluffs, IA
August 3Bayfront ParkDuluth, MN
August 5Casper Event Center ArenaCasper, WY
August 7Sioux Empire Fair Expo HallSioux Falls, SD
August 8Buffalo Chip CampgroundSturgis, SD
August 10Lonestar AmphitheaterLubbock, TX
August 12Concrete Street AmphitheaterCorpus Christi, TX
August 13Belton County Expo CenterBelton, TX
August 15Kiefer UNO Lakefront ArenaNew Orleans, LA
August 16Bancorp South CenterTupelo, MS
August 21Minnesota State FairSt. Paul, MN
August 23The Penngrowth SaddledomeCalgary, ALB
August 24Rexall PlaceEdmonton, ALB
August 26General Motors PlaceVancouver, BC
August 27WaMu TheaterSeattle, WA
August 29Mandalay BayLas Vegas, NV
August 30Konocti Field AmphitheaterKelseyville, CA

With Nickelback:

September 8Cologne ArenaCologne, GER
September 9SchleyerhalleStuttgart, GER
September 12Odyssey ArenaBelfast, UK
September 13RDS SimmonscourtDublin, IRE
September 15MEN ArenaManchester, UK
September 16Sheffield ArenaSheffield, UK
September 18The NECBirmingham, UK
September 19O2 ArenaLondon, UK
September 21Wembley ArenaLondon, UK

Last Updated on June 23, 2008 by By Jane Cohen & Bob Grossweiner