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Founding STAIND Drummer Jon Wysocki Passes Away at 53

STAIND‘s founding drummer, Jon Wysocki, sadly passed away on Saturday, May 18th, 2024, at the age of 53. According to reports, Wysocki had been battling liver issues and was receiving medical treatment prior to his passing.

Wysocki‘s death was confirmed by his bandmates in LYDIA’S CASTLE. They wrote in a social media post: “On 5/18/2024 at 8:02pm, Jon Wysocki passed away surrounded by family and friends that loved him dearly. An official statement will be developed shortly.”

Jon‘s former bandmates in SOIL also issued a statement about his passing. They wrote: “Today we lost one of the greats. Jon Wysocki was not only a great friend, a great drummer, but a great human being. It was an honor to have him in SOIL for the time we did. We had so many laughs, so many good times. You will be missed dearly. Until we meet again dear friend….”

Wysocki played a pivotal role in shaping STAIND‘s sound from the band’s inception in 1995. Alongside vocalist Aaron Lewis, guitarist Mike Mushok, and bassist Johnny April, Wysocki‘s drumming helped propel the band to mainstream success in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

During his tenure with STAIND, Wysocki co-created the driving rhythms that became a signature of the band’s music. Notably, he contributed to the drumming on the band’s most commercially successful albums, including “Dysfunction” (1999), “Break the Cycle” (2001), and “14 Shades of Grey” (2003). These albums produced chart-topping hits like “It’s Been Awhile,” “Outside,” “For You,” and “Fade,” solidifying the band’s place as one of the leading rock groups of the era.

Wysocki‘s departure from the group in 2011, reportedly due to creative differences during the recording of the band’s self-titled album, marked the end of an era for the band’s original lineup.

In a 2007 interview with Modern DrummerWysocki discussed his love of creating and performing music, yet also said that he found there were drawbacks.

“Favorite part of touring? That’s easy playing the live show,” he said. “The worst part for me is when fans come up to me, sometimes I feel uncomfortable with their excitement at meeting me. People view you a certain way, but we’re just like anybody else who happens to be in a position that people think is glamorous.

“I don’t feel any different from anyone else, it’s just that I make my living playing the drums. People say certain things and I freeze up, I don’t know what to say back. If it’s a compliment, I say thanks, but when it’s that gawking, worshiping type of thing, it just makes me uncomfortable. But don’t get me wrong I love and appreciate our fans.”

Also touching on how he was first introduced to and fell in love with music, Jon said: “I kind of turned myself on to it. But I’d have to say my mom’s side of the family probably had a big influence. I listened to a lot of early-’70s R&B and Top 40 music. And then I started getting into rock with THE BEATLESKISSLED ZEPPELIN… and then in the ’80s I got into VAN HALENWHITESNAKE, and all the ’80s stuff. But I also liked all those Shrapnel [Records] guys, because they always had some badass drummer like Deen Castronovo or someone like that.”

Jon also discussed the first drummers who really caught his attention, saying: “It was the late ’70s, early ’80s, so I’d have to say it was Alex Van Halen and John Bonham. I remember seeing Steve Smith when he was with JOURNEY. He was playing Top 40 JOURNEY songs, and then all of a sudden he does a drum solo and I’m going, ‘Oh my god…’ He was doing this ridiculous odd-time solo. And Tommy Aldridge is an awesome rock drummer — a lot of flash, but solid.”

Wysocki‘s drumming will undoubtedly be remembered as a cornerstone of STAIND‘s early sound and success.

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