SOURCE: Atlantic Records

June 20, 2008 12:53 ET

STAIND Is Back

Multi-Platinum Band Rolls Out New Flip/Atlantic Album: "THE ILLUSION OF PROGRESS" Due August 19; New Single, "Believe," Released to Radio and iTunes on June 24; Worldwide Summer Tour Kicks Off July 4, Including Dates With 3 Doors Down and Hinder; International Dates With Nickelback Set for September

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - June 20, 2008) - Multi-platinum band STAIND has announced the much-anticipated release of "THE ILLUSION OF PROGRESS" (Flip/Atlantic), available August 19. The first single, "Believe," hits radio and iTunes June 24. A worldwide summer tour kicks off 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 tour internationally with Nickelback beginning September 8 in Cologne, Germany.

"THE ILLUSION OF PROGRESS" marks STAIND'S sixth studio album and is the follow-up to 2005's RIAA platinum-certified "Chapter V." STAIND'S last three studio albums all debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart, earning their place as one of the most successful rock bands of the new millennium. STAIND joins 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 ILLUSION OF PROGRESS" was produced by Johnny K and recorded in the home studio of STAIND vocalist Aaron Lewis, with the original band line-up, including Mike Mushok (guitar), Jon Wysocki (drums, percussion), and Johnny April (bass, vocals). The band calls the new project the "most musical CD" they've recorded to date, and even treated their fans to a series of intimate, behind-the-scenes "webisodes" posted on staind.com, documenting their recording process.

Comments Lewis: "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. 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."

Over the past decade, STAIND has sold more than 15 million records worldwide. They've had four #1 singles that span 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.

STAIND'S 1999 major label debut, "Dysfunction," was certified RIAA double-platinum, and in the new millennium the band's "Break The Cycle" was certified 5x platinum, followed by the platinum succession of "14 Shades Of Grey" in 2003 and "Chapter V" in 2005. 2002 saw the release of the gold-certified "MTV Unplugged." In 2006, Flip/Atlantic released "The Singles: 1996-2006," the band's first-ever hits collection, along with a separate companion DVD, "Staind: The Videos."

Coinciding with "THE ILLUSION OF PROGRESS," below are 2008 STAIND tour dates. For more information, please visit www.staind.com and www.myspace.com/staind.

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
Aug 1    Firstier Arena                     Kearney, NE
Aug 2    West Fair Amphitheater             Council Bluffs, IA
Aug 3    Bayfront Park                      Duluth, MN
Aug 5    Casper Event Center Arena          Casper, WY
Aug 7    Sioux Empire Fair Expo Hall        Sioux Falls, SD
Aug 8    Buffalo Chip Campground            Sturgis, SD
Aug 10   Lonestar Amphitheater              Lubbock, TX
Aug 12   Concrete Street Amphitheater       Corpus Christi, TX
Aug 13   Belton County Expo Center          Belton, TX
Aug 15   Kiefer UNO Lakefront Arena         New Orleans, LA
Aug 16   Bancorp South Center               Tupelo, MS
Aug 21   Minnesota State Fair               St. Paul, MN
Aug 23   The Penngrowth Saddledome          Calgary, Alberta
Aug 24   Rexall Place                       Edmonton, Alberta
Aug 26   General Motors Place               Vancouver, BC
Aug 27   WaMu Theater                       Seattle, WA
Aug 29   Mandalay Bay                       Las Vegas, NV
Aug 30   Konocti Field Amphitheater         Kelseyville, CA
Sep 8    Cologne Arena                      Cologne, GER**
Sep 9    Schleyerhalle                      Stuttgart, GER**
Sep 12   Odyssey Arena                      Belfast, UK**
Sep 13   RDS Simmonscourt                   Dublin, IRE**
Sep 15   MEN Arena                          Manchester, Midlands, UK**
Sep 16   Sheffield Arena                    Sheffield, Midlands, UK**
Sep 18   The NEC                            Birmingham, Midlands, UK**
Sep 19   o2 Arena                           London, South East., UK**
Sep 21   Wembley Arena                      London, South East., UK**

**International dates with Nickelback.

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