Mike Mushok is best known as the guitarist for multi-platinum metallers Staind and, more recently, modern-rock supergroup Saint Asonia. But in addition to playing great guitar, Mushok is also interested in building them. In his college days, he earned a degree in electrical engineering, and he went on to work for a time at Ovation Guitars.
Rock and metal have had no shortage of super groups over the last decade. Occasionally one comes along that rely on the quality of their music more than individual personalities. Saint Asonia is one such band. We had a chance to speak with Mike Mushok, Saint Asonia's guitarist, recently to get all the details.
It was an action-packed summer for Massachusetts-based rockers Staind. They released their first official live album, Live From Mohegan Sun (Buy on iTunes), which also is available on DVD and Blu-Ray, on July 10. The concert was recorded and filmed in high def on November 25, 2011, at the Mohegan Sun and Casino in Montville, Connecticut.
A few weeks prior to the start of the Mass Chaos Tour, co-headlined by Staind and Godsmack, Staind guitarist Mike Mushok phoned in to discuss the making of the band’s new, self-titled album. Staind is the seventh release from Mushok, vocalist Aaron Lewis and bassist Johnny April, who are now joined by their new drummer, Sal Giancarelli.
Tonight, GuitarWorld.com will livestream Staind's charity show at the Best Buy Theater in New York City. The show, which starts at 9 p.m. EST, will benefit the families of 9/11 victims. Tickets are priced $9.11, and all revenue from the show will benefit the New York Police & Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund, a charity organization.
Staind guitarist Mike Mushok said making the band's new self-titled album was the most difficult thing he's ever done. During the sessions that spanned in earnest from January to April of this year, the band split with drummer John Wysocki, and lead singer Aaron Lewis had to find time to promote his Top 10 country solo EP, Town Line.