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STAIND's MIKE MUSHOK: How I Got Away From Playing Guitar Solos In Every Song

STAIND guitarist Mike Mushok was recently interviewed by Darren Paltrowitz, host of the "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz". You can now watch the chat below. Asked if he had to "hide" the influence of guitar players like Eddie Van Halen from STAIND's music during the early stages of the band, Mike said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "No, I don' think so. It's funny — when we went back to do… We just that pay-per-view thing of 'Break The Cycle', the 20th-year anniversary, that we played this past weekend. And everybody was asking, 'Do you have any footage from back then?' And it got me digging deep into some closets I hadn't been into in a while to find some old VHS tapes of old STAIND stuff. And I came out with some of the very, very early gigs that we did with some of the covers. I used to solo through the entire song. But I kind of got away from that. The music at the time, I had kind of gotten a little bit tired of it — I didn't wanna do it anymore — so I didn't put any solos in our songs. I just really wanted to focus on the music, the song and how great Aaron's [Lewis, STAIND frontman] voice was. So I don't think I hid it. I think it was just more of an evolution for me, a progression for me of where I wanted to go and how I wanted the music to be. So I didn't really feel the need that I had to show that part of what I do. I just really wanted to have great songs that people wanted to listen to."
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Staind's Mike Mushok: My 5 Favorite Songs to Play Live

We're still a little ways off from the full return of live music, but Staind aren't leaving their fans high and dry. The Massachusets group are gearing up to release a live album of their 2019 comeback show titled, Live: It's Been Awhile, which will be accompanied by "The Return of Staind: A Two Part Global Streaming Series."
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