Staind and Others Are Rockin' the Recession

For rock fans who've hit rock bottom, Staind, Shinedown, Chevelle and Halestorm are offering a bailout with the incentive-packed Stimulate This! tour.

The trek, which targets bargain hunters, launches July 1 in Peoria, Ill., and heads to more than 40 markets, many in cities hardest hit by the recession. The bands worked closely with concert promoters to whittle down prices: Most tickets are under $40, roughly half the cost of comparable multi-act summer bills, with some lawn seats for less than $10. Each stop also will offer additional promotions varying from markdowns at venue concessions to discounts at local retailers or online rebates for band merchandise.

"Wall Street got its bailout, now it's time for rock fans to get theirs," Staind singer Aaron Lewis said in a statement.

Early stops: July 2 in St. Paul; July 4 in Detroit; July 7 in Roanoke, Va.; July 9 in Columbia, Md.; July 10 in Gilford, N.H.; July 12 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; July 14 in Boston; July 16 in Wallingford, Conn.; July 17 in Asbury Park, N.J.; and July 21 in Pikeville, Ky. More dates and details at