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GRAMMY Museum Kicks Off Backstage Pass Series with Staind

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, May 19, 2009, at 08:55AM
GRAMMY Backstage Pass: Staind Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Kickoff of GRAMMY Museum's Backstage Pass program brought forty Los Angeles high school students to Club Nokia to observe soundcheck with Staind and ask questions of the band.

Given the chance to ask questions of Staind vocalist Aaron Lewis and guitarist Mike Mushok, one student from Lou Dantzler Preparatory Charter High School knew just what he wanted to find out.

"How much money do you guys make?"

The students were on-hand to attend soundcheck for the band's show at Club Nokia as part of the GRAMMY Museum's Backstage Pass program.

The event was the first for the Backstage Pass program, in which students are brought in to tour the museum, watch soundcheck in one of the L.A. Live venues, and then participate in a Q&A session with the band. Funding for the program was provided by the Jonas Brothers' Change for the Children Foundation.

After touring the museum, the students lined the rail in front of the Club Nokia stage during a short soundcheck.

Among the advice Lewis and Mushok gave students interested in making their own path in music: become friends with other bands, because you never know who might be able to help you succeed. Staind got its big break in 1998 when another band got it the first slot opening for Limp Bizkit. Frontman Fred Durst signed the band to his label.


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