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Staind Measures Success Beyond Chart Positions

Of the Oakland Press

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Staind’s sixth album, “The Illusion of Process,” broke a streak of three straight predecessors that debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

But guitarist Mike Mushok says, “Y’know what — we’ll be alright.”

“I never expected to have one number one record, so having three, I just feel fortunate,” said Mushok, 38, “If we have four, fantastic. If we don’t, I know we worked as hard as we could to make the best record we’ve ever done.

“Once you turn it in, it’s kind of out of your hands, and you just have to hope everybody’s long for the ride.”

“The Illusion of Progress,” which was recorded at frontman Aaron Lewis’ barn in Massachusetts, still bowed at No. 3 after it was released in August. And the album’s first single, “Believe,” topped Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart in September and is No. 20 overall for 2008 on the trade magazine Radio & Records’ year-end poll.

Lewis says that he also worries “less and less” about how each album will be received. But he doesn’t take any of Staind's success for granted. “There’s never any confidence,” explains Lewis, 36, who's planning a solo acoustic tour between Staind dates in 2009 and will also record a solo album. “Every record is approached and done like it’s our first and last opportunity. Every show that we play is approached as our first and last opportunity. That’s how we’ve always felt about it, and I think that’s one of the reasons we’re still here.”

Staind and State of Shock perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 10) at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Tickets are $45 and $32.50. Call (313) 961-5451 or visit www.livenation.com.

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