Aaron Lewis Flies Solo and Acoustic in Irvine

Aaron Lewis of Staind
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater- Irvine, CA
8/31/2008Aaron Lewis of Staind Verizon Wireless Amphitheater- Irvine, CA 8/31/2008

Aaron Lewis and Fred Durst

I walked into the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater thinking we were about to go see Sick Puppies, Hinder, Staind, and 3 Doors Down. It was a surprise to me to see just Aaron Lewis alone onstage after the Hinder set. I must admit I complained a bit that the rest of the band wasn’t onstage that night, but was over that very quickly.

Aaron Lewis of Staind Verizon Wireless Amphitheater- Irvine, CA 8/31/2008

Aaron put on an full acoustic show, when I say full I mean, it was just him and 2 guitars that he switched out after every other song or so. He really doesn’t need a full backing of a band because his voice is amazing. It’s even more amazing that his voice is so strong even while chain smoking onstage and inbetween songs. It was very rock and roll.

At the Irvine stop, this was their 9th day straight playing, or so Aaron Lewis said. Can’t blame him for being tired and having to fill the shoes of an entire band. He covered Bob Seger’s Turn the Page, which Aaron said was very appropriate for him right now. This was a great chance for Aaron to play the songs in different arrangments and experiement with the crowd. One of the songs he played was “Tangled in You,’ which was written for his wife and opened with, “I hope I don’t fuck this up!” The crowd was quite pleased with his entire set. Especially when a second stool was placed right next to Aaron’s and Fred Durst walked out onstage and sang “Outside” with Aaron.

Even minus the band, Aaron rocked to a full crowd at the Verizon Amphitheater. Staind is out in support of their new album Illusion of Progress.

Tour Dates:

Sep 9 2008 Schleyerhalle Stuttgart
Sep 12 2008 Odyssey Arena Belfast
Sep 13 2008 RDS Simmonscourt Dublin
Sep 15 2008 MEN Arena Manchester
Sep 16 2008 Sheffield Arena Sheffield
Sep 18 2008 The NEC Birmingham
Sep 19 2008 o2 Arena London
Sep 21 2008 Wembley Area London
Oct 3 2008 Turning Stone Resort & Casino Event Center Verona, New York
Oct 4 2008 Merriweather Post Pavillion Columbia, Maryland
Oct 7 2008 Greensboro Coliseum Greensboro, North Carolina
Oct 9 2008 Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena Hollywood, Florida
Oct 10 2008 St. Augustine Amphitheater St. Augustine, Florida
Oct 12 2008 Hard Rock Live Orlando, Florida
Oct 14 2008 Heritage Park Simpsonville, South Carolina
Oct 15 2008 Freedom Hall Civic Center Johnson City, Tennessee
Oct 17 2008 The Amphitheater at the Wharf Orange Beach, Alabama
Oct 18 2008 Snowden Grove Park Amphitheatre Southhaven, MS
Oct 19 2008 Lakewood Amphitheater Atlanta, Georgia
Oct 21 2008 Black River Coliseum Poplar Bluff, Missouri
Oct 22 2008 Rockford MetroCentre Rockford, Illinois
Oct 24 2008 Tulsa Convention Center Arena Tulsa, Oklahoma
Oct 25 2008 Pizza Hut PArk Frisco, Texas
Oct 26 2008 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion The Woodlands, Texas
Nov 11 2008 Wicomico Youth & Civic Center Salisbury, Maryland
Nov 12 2008 Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville, Connecticut
Nov 14 2008 Sovereign Center Reading, Pennsylvania
Nov 15 2008 Asbury Park Convention Hall Complex Asbury Park, New Jersey
Nov 16 2008 Tsongas Arena Lowell, Massachusetts
Nov 18 2008 Hammerstein Ballroom New York, New York
Nov 20 2008 The Big Sandy Superstore Arena Huntington, West Virginia

For more information on Staind visit their MySpace and their Official Site. We also covered them when the tour hit Chicago. Check that out here.

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  1. Awesome reveiw….Aaron always puts on an amazing show solo…i was there that night and he got a standing ovation when he left the stage!

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