Underoath, Mammoth WVH, Candlebox, Etc. Pay Musical Tributes To The Late Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters)

Various artists have been honoring the late Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) with special performances during their recent live shows. You can find some of those tributes below:

Underoath covering Foo Fighters’ “My Hero” for Hawkins in St. Petersburg, FL:

Mammoth WVH covering Foo Fighters “My Hero” for Hawkins in Boston, MA:

Candlebox covering Foo Fighters’ “Learn To Fly” for Hawkins in Dallas, TX:

Daughtry and Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge, Creed) covering Foo Fighters’ “My Hero” for Hawkins in New Orleans, LA:

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators dedicating “Starlight” to Hawkins in Orlando, FL:

Elton John dedicating “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” to Hawkins in Des Moines, IA:

Liam Gallagher dedicating Oasis’ “Live Forever” to Hawkins in London, UK:

Aaron Lewis (Staind) dedicating “Kill Me Like You Love Me” to Hawkins in Laughlin, NV:

Miley Cyrus dedicating “Angels Like You” to Hawkins at Lollapalooza Brazil:

Joan Jett And The Blackhearts dedicating “Fragile” to Hawkins in Brookhaven, GA:

Staind’s Aaron Lewis Goes On Nonsensical Rant During Portsmouth, OH Show, Says People “Should Listen To What Vladimir Putin Is Saying”

Staind’s Aaron Lewis recently went on another nonsensical rant during his March 17 solo show at the Vern Riffe Center in Portsmouth, OH. The frontman spouted out a bunch of right-wing conspiracy theories and even said people “should listen to what Vladimir Putin is saying,” despite all of the death and destruction the dictator is causing in Ukraine.

Lewis told the crowd the following:

“So, I’m not gonna go into some big get-myself-in-trouble dissertation. All I’m gonna say is this: question everything. Everything that they’re telling you right now is a lie. Everything. We need to come to grips with something, people. This is our country. We own the most corrupt country in the world.

So my question is, what are we gonna do about it? Because we put these people where they sit, to become corrupt and to sell us out all for their gain and not for ours. They’re supposed to represent us, not themselves. And they’re all guilty of it — 90 percent of ’em.

I don’t know who’s worse — the Democrats that are trying to destroy this country or the Republicans that sit idly by while they do so. They all need to be removed. We need to start voting for people that aren’t lifetime politicians because those are the most lecherous, snake-in-the-grass pieces of shit that you can ever possibly put into power.

The next governor needs to be you. The next senator needs to be you. We need to pick from our peers, people — people that have good ideas that we can stand behind; not these fucking snake oil salesmen that tell us everything we wanna hear. And until we wake up, this country is going off the cliff, people.

We have no order. We have no president. Every single day that goes by, we lose standing in the world. Everyone’s laughing at us. Everyone is positioning themselves against us. And it’s not us — it’s the government that we put in power. These are the people that are making us look bad throughout the entire world — the same people that have you convinced that we all need to support Ukraine even though all of their money laundering systems, all of their everything, the way that they get all their kickbacks and they wash everything is all through the Ukraine.”

He continued after a fan shouted “Fuck Joe Biden“:

“Listen, it’s bigger than ‘Fuck Joe Biden.’ It is. It is. It’s the media. It’s the Internet and the people that control it. Everything is against us in this room — everything. Because when we lose, they win. Look what happened over shutdown. Look how many small businesses got bankrupt and closed forever. And look how the big corporations made billions and billions of dollars. They just took all that wealth out of our hands and they put it in theirs.

They took your jobs. They made you believe lies. They made you believe that a vaccine was gonna keep you safe. They made you think that a fucking mask was gonna keep you safe. They made you think that avoiding your friends and your family and staying locked up in your house was gonna somehow keep you safe. But guess what — didn’t we all get COVID? Didn’t every single of us in this fucking room get COVID and live to tell the tale? We’re okay. I survived. I didn’t stick that poison in my fucking body. I did just fine. I had it twice. I’m not fucking dead.

Don’t believe a word they fucking tell you — not one word.”

Lewis also added the following about Ukraine:

“You know, as fucked up as it sounds, maybe we should listen to what Vladimir Putin is saying. Maybe, just maybe, when Klaus Schwab and George Soros and every other dirty fucking earth-destroying motherfucker all jumps on the same bandwagon, maybe, just maybe we should fucking take a good look at that. Why are they trying to protect Ukraine so much? What do they all have to lose?

It’s all bullshit. It’s all bullshit. Have you seen the pictures with wooden guns and all the bodies in body bags laying in the background, and all of a sudden one of the bodies starts moving and fucking sits up and fixes its fucking body bag while the reporter is reporting? People, if you haven’t seen that, you’d better start fucking looking elsewhere. If you haven’t seen Vladimir Putin actually say that he’s fighting the ‘Deep State’ right now, which is the same people we’re fighting, which is the same people everywhere on the face of this earth that people are fighting for freedom.

You know, we need to reassess and think about who it is, who these people are, what makes them worthy of us putting all of our faith and all of our trust in these fucking snake oil salesmen.”

He then concluded with the following:

“That should be good tomorrow. And you know what, though — fuck ’em if they can’t handle the truth. It seems like nobody wants to hear the truth these days. They just wanna put their masks on and walk around like fucking zombies.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Staind’s Aaron Lewis Cancels Solo Shows After Undergoing Appendectomy

Staind’s Aaron Lewis has revealed that he recently underwent an appendectomy. As a result, his solo shows in Davenport, IA, Inman, KS, and Springfield, MO have been cancelled. The frontman commented:

“No more appendix, and no shows this weekend but AFL is out of surgery, and doing just fine. 🇺🇸 💪🏼”

[via Blabbermouth]

Aaron Lewis Got Wasted And Accidently Played Staind’s “It’s Been Awhile” Twice During Recent Solo Show

Staind frontman Aaron Lewis ended up getting wasted and accidently performed the band’s hit song “It’s Been Awhile” twice during his July 21 solo show at Bottle & Cork in Dewey Beach, DE. Towards the end of the second performance, he realized the mistake and told the audience the following:

“You know what I’m realizing right this second? That I’m drunk enough that I should be playing ‘Outside’ right now, and instead I’m playing a fucking song I already played tonight. Which means I might be slightly overserved. So should I play the fucking song that I was supposed to be playing the whole fucking time? Because maybe I might have smoked a little bit too much weed tonight. I will say that’s a first. That’s a first right there… I’ll hear about that one tomorrow. Actually, I’m gonna call you out and we’ll see whether you guys out me tomorrow for that. So I guess we’ll just see how much y’all love me, ’cause no one else except everybody in this room just saw that happen, so you can give me a free pass. It is entirely and totally up to you, so we’ll see whether I’m hiding my face in shame tomorrow, ’cause I have definitely seen a whole lot of cameras recording this, which… super comfortable.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Aaron Lewis (Staind) On New Solo Material: “It’s Somewhere Between Pink Floyd’s ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ And Billie Eilish”

It looks like Staind frontman Aaron Lewis is sitting on some different sounding solo material. He said the following about that during a recent interview with Billboard:

“It’s like 30 ideas, but they don’t fit with anything that’s going on right now. They don’t fit Staind. They don’t fit with my country thing. It’s somewhere between Pink Floyd‘s ‘Dark Side Of The Moon‘ and Billie Eilish — very dreamscape-y, very ethereal. The musical landscape is quite simple and sparse; there’s a lot of stuff going on without much stuff going on. It’ll be much more focused around melody.”

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Staind’s Aaron Lewis Announces Two Livestream Shows

Staind frontman Aaron Lewis has announced two acoustic livestream concerts. The first show will take place on November 20 and it will feature songs from his 2011 EP “Town Line” and Staind’s 1999 album “Dysfunction.“ Notably, Mike Mushok will join him for that performance. The second show will take place on November 27 and it will feature songs from Lewis’ 2012 album “The Road” and Staind‘s 2001 album “Break The Cycle.“ Tickets can be found at aaronlewisvip.com.

Aaron Lewis (Staind) & Sully Erna (Godsmack) Add More Dates To “The American Drive-In Tour”

Aaron Lewis (Staind) and Sully Erna (Godsmack) have added two more dates to their “American Drive-In Tour.” Those include new stops in Dallas and San Antonio, TX.

Tour Dates:

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 – Daytona International Speedway
10/24 Concord, NC – Charlotte Motor Speedway
10/27 Dallas, TX – Fair Park
10/28 San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
10/30 Phoenix, AZ – Arizona State Fairgrounds
10/31 Ventura, CA – Ventura County Fairgrounds
11/01 Del Mar, CA – Del Mar Fairgrounds

Some footage from their October 3 show in Somerset, WI has surfaced as well:

Aaron Lewis (Staind) & Sully Erna (Godsmack) Announce “The American Drive-In Tour”

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.

Tour Dates:

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

Lewis commented:

“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.”

Erna continued:

“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.”

Aaron Lewis Working On New Staind Music And New Solo Acoustic Album

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.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Staind’s Aaron Lewis Perform An Acoustic Cover Of Skid Row’s “I Remember You”

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:

[via Blabbermouth]