Staind

With Three Days Grace, Hurt, and Semisextile. Wednesday, June 7, at the Plain Dealer Pavilion.

Staind
You have to wonder whether Staind frontman Aaron Lewis watched the recent ouster of bald-domed American Idol rocker Chris Daughtry with joy or regret. On the one hand, Daughtry's success on the show has demonstrated that the mainstream has room for nü-metal bellowers alongside R&B divas and wedding-singer soul men -- good news for a band with Staind's commercial aspirations. On the other hand, it's unclear whether the mainstream has room for more than one such bellower; in the fight for precious market share, Staind's multiplatinum sales might not mean much, next to the Idol juggernaut. Perhaps Daughtry's runner-up status -- rather than his triumph -- is the ideal ground-softener for Staind's next big TRL offensive. That kind of effort wouldn't necessarily fizzle: "Right Here," the big hit from last year's Chapter V, is Staind's prettiest moment yet, a tender prom-night slow jam Katharine McPhee could handle.
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