Aaron Lewis and his bandmates in Staind have acknowledged that making the group's self-titled 2011 album was difficult -- and even led to the departure of founding drummer Jon Wysociki.
And while frontman Lewis reports that things in the group are "all good" now, Staind is preparing to take a hiatus after this year's Uproar Festival warps up at the end of September.
"We might do something next year and then we're going to take a little break for a second," says Lewis, 40, whose debut full-length solo album, "The Road," comes out Sept. 11. "We're not breaking up. We're not gonna stop making music. We're just going to take a little hiatus that really hasn't ever been taken in our career. We put out seven records in 14 years. We've been pretty busy."
"Staind," which came out in September and debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200, marked the end of the group's current label deal with Atlantic Records. A "Live From Mohegan Sun" album and DVD came out during the summer, and Lewis says some of the interim will be spent figuring out the band's next move.
"There's so many options these days, and we won't really know until that time comes," he explains. "I think it would take a ridiculous, ridiculous check for me to be willing to sign a label deal again, but there's many other ways to do it. Everything is changing so much; every time you close your eyes and then open them again the business has changed a little bit.
"So we'll see when we get there what we're gonna do."
The Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival, with Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, P.O.D., Adelitas Way and more, starts at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $49.50 and $29.50 pavilion, $19 lawn in advance and $24 lawn day of show. A $60 lawn four-pack is also available. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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