Aaron Lewis is on The Road to becoming a full-time country artist. On July 26, 2012 at The Paramount Theatre in Huntington, NY showed me he is taking steps in that direction. The first thing I noticed since last seeing him on his solo quest was he added a lot more band members. Last year, it was just him, and Ben Kitterman with his lap steel. He has since now added a drummer, a bassist and another guitarist who is also his backup vocalist. Aaron has been playing shows in preparation of his new album coming on September 11th this year.
Aaron came out with his new crew and played a main set that consisted of mostly songs almost no one knew, in which he played the entire new album, The Road. He acknowledged this and laughed in the middle of the night, saying that no one knew what he was singing unless you have been surfing the net and using a lot of YouTube. He mixed in almost every song from his EP Town Line with “The Story That Never Ends,” “Vicious Circles,” and “Tangled Up In You,” with a few covers of the likes of “What Hurts The Most,” and “It’s Been A While.”
The treat of the night was the encore. Aaron came out all by himself and did a truly amazing job covering Metallica’s “Turn The Page,” followed by Staind’s “Outside.” Lewis finished up with his band, performing their country cross-over hit, “Country Boy.” He tossed out his “Hick” hat to the crowd which was just seats over from me and walked off stage.
I’ve seen Staind fifteen times, and this was my third time seeing him during his solo act; he is truly an amazing musician and person. I wish him luck with his new release coming out soon; make sure you pick up The Road on September 11th!