Picks and Pans Review: Catching Up with ... Shinedown

updated 06/15/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/15/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>• Fresh off their hit "Second Chance" (from The Sound of Madness), the rockers will tour starting July 1. We chatted with frontman Brent Smith, 31.

ON HIS SECOND CHANCE It was when my son [Lyric, 17 months] was born. That was the day I stopped doing drugs. I was addicted to cocaine and OxyContin for a long time. I had to detox. He made me understand it was no longer about me anymore. He saved my life.

ON FINALLY WRITING HIS FIRST LOVE SONG It's called "If You Only Knew." I always said I wouldn't write a love song, because there would be a massive cheese factor. But [fiancée Ashley Smith] was pregnant with Lyric during the writing of this album, and it's about her.

ON THE STIMULATE THIS! TOUR Being in a recession sucks, so we're just trying to do what we can [to cut costs for fans]. But we won't skimp on the show!

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