Aaron Lewis (Staind) and Sully Erna (Godsmack) will be joining forces for “The American Drive-In Tour” this fall. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow (September 15) via aaronandsully.com.
10/01 Wichita, KS – Starlite Drive-In
10/02 Cedar Rapids, IA – McGrath Amphitheatre
10/03 Somerset, WI – Somerset Amphitheater
10/09 Obetz, OH – Fortress Obetz
10/10 McHenry, IL – McHenry Outdoor Theater
10/11 Independence, MO – B&B Theatres Twin Drive-In
10/17 Biloxi, MS – Mississippi Coast Coliseum Lawn
10/18 Lafayette, LA – Acadiana Drive-In at Cajun Dome
10/23 Daytona, FL – TBA
10/24 Concord, NC – Charlotte Motor Speedway
10/30 Phoenix, AZ – Arizona State Fairgrounds
10/31 Ventura, CA – Ventura County Fairgrounds
11/01 Del Mar, CA – Del Mar Fairgrounds
“Sully and I have been friends for 25 years. We’ve been talking about doing something for the last 10 years. The time has finally come. I couldn’t be more excited to be bringing this to you in such strange times.”
“Me and Aaron Lewis? Onstage together…acoustic? Do I need to say more? Just don’t miss it! It may never happen again.”
Promoters Danny Wimmer Presents added:
“The nationwide trek will follow current local health guidelines for fans’ safety and enjoyment. Some shows will be drive-in events with patrons in or adjacent to their cars, and other shows will feature viewing from socially distanced fan “pods” or tables designed for up to four people.”
It looks like Staind have been working on new material as of late. Frontman Aaron Lewis confirmed the news during an appearance on Godsmack frontman Sully Erna‘s “Hometown Sessions.” On top of that, Lewis also revealed that he is working on a solo acoustic album.
Lewis said the following about Staind:
“I’m working on new Staind shit… We’re toying around with some creativity.”
He also added the following about the acoustic album:
“I’ve got a completely acoustic [album] — no coloration to it. It’s not gonna be country, it’s not gonna be anything except an acoustic guitar and vocals. That’s what’s next.”
“The last show that I played here in Nashville, just me acoustically, with no back-up band or anything. I was playing some of the songs off the country records, and I was playing some of the songs from Staind, but all just me and the acoustic guitar.
That simplifies everything — that takes away the country flavor, that takes away the rock flavor, that takes away everything and just leaves the skeletal structure.
And Scott Borchetta, the president of my record label, was so moved by that show, this next record he wants from me, which would have been a country record, he wants a totally acoustic record.”
During his February 20 show in Reading, PA, Staind’s Aaron Lewis performed an acoustic cover of Skid Row’s “I Remember You.” You can see fan-filmed footage of that below:
Aaron Lewis (Staind) ended up cutting his March 9 show at The Criterion in Oklahoma City, OK short after becoming angry with the audience for talking during his performance. The frontman was trying to play an acoustic version of Staind‘s “Intro” when he decided to storm offstage.
Lewis told the crowd the following:
“Listen, if you don’t shut the fuck up, you can’t even hear the guitar. So shut up. I’ve got three more fucking minutes — three. Can you please for once…?
Through the whole fucking evening, you guys have talked all fucking night. Shut the fuck up or I’m done.”
He later added:
“It’s so fucking ironic that this fucking song is a ‘thank you,’ and I can’t get you to shut the fuck up to hear it.”
Eventually, he started singing the opening verses, but the audience continued to talk resulting in him putting down his guitar and flicking his cup offstage before leaving. You can see footage of all that below.
This news comes after a similar situation occured during Lewis’ Pharr, TX show.