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Aaron Lewis takes The Road to Detroit

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As I interviewed the mellifluous Aaron Lewis last week about his journey in this industry I talked to him about my being a Staind fan and he laughed and said "Korynne...this is not Staind" and he was so right! Although I don't know if I would consider myself a "country music fan", I can definitely say that I am an Aaron Lewis fan and I am not alone. Detroit's Motor City Soundboard was absolutely packed last night for the show I have been eagerly anticipating for a few weeks now. One of the things I enjoyed about the show from the very beginning was that there wasn't a whole lot of fanfare and hype to introduce him, he simply walked on stage in jeans, a t-shirt and hat, picked up his guitar, said "hello", and the show began. While I wasn't familiar with a lot of his new songs, what I was familiar with is his voice and how it mesmerizes a crowd no matter what genre he is performing. You can tell that he has such passion for music and it's evident with every note he sings. After a few songs he played the title track from his album The Road which is a definite fan favorite. I looked around and saw people singing along and smiling and I couldn't help but smile myself. What came next was indeed a surprise because I really didn't think that he would be playing any Staind songs but sure enough, I heard the opening chord to "So Far Away" which happens to be one of my favorites. He then went into a medley covering Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive", Poison's "Every Rose Has it's Thorn", Prince's "Purple Rain", Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl" and the one that absolutely blew me away Alice In Chains's "Rooster" which I think the entire room sang every word to. It was completely unexpected and is something I will probably be talking about for the next week to anyone who will listen! He then played another Staind favorite "It's Been Awhile" but it had an element of country added to it that put a new spin on it which fit his show perfectly and led into his cover of Bob Seger's "Turn the Page", which again inspired the crowd to join in and sing along. After that was over, Aaron and the band walked off stage and I could see that we were all thinking the same thing, "It can't be over yet can it?" and at that moment he came back on stage for his encore. My photographer and I had been debating the entire show about how many Staind songs he would play if any and which ones he would play. We figured by then that there wouldn't be any more but again were pleasantly surprised with a soulful rendition of another favorite "Outside". He then ended the show with his hit "Country Boy" which put the crowd on their feet as they once again sang every word. I went into this show not knowing what to expect and I left the show checking his tour schedule to see when he would be coming back because as I stated previously, I may not be a "country music" fan but I am and will probably always be an Aaron Lewis fan. I would definitely suggest checking him out when he is in a city near you. For upcoming tour dates please go to his website at www.aaronlewismusic.com

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