Aaron Lewis of Staind: Live At Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater FL


Tonight I’m heading to the intimate and acoustically outstanding Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida.    This will be my second Aaron Lewis concert.     The first show was all-acoustic where Aaron sat solo on stage and played Staind hits and took outrageous requests from the audience.    Tonight will be loaded with cuts from “The Road”, Aaron’s second dip into the country music pond.  The first single was “Endless Summer”, a Kenny Chesney-like beach themed country jam.    The second single, “Forever” should appeal more to Aaron’s Staind fans.


The first couple of Staind CD’s  were hard rock with a definite nod to the band’s love of the Seattle Grunge sound.    As the band progressed and crossover hits onto the Top 40 charts, Staind was open to exploring a softer, more intimate sound on their “14 Shades Of Grey” album in 2003.    “Zoe Jane” is Aaron’s love song to his first child, a touching anthem inspired by his little girl that was unlike any previous Staind song.    The CD also included a tribute to Layne Staley of Alice Of Chains.



“Break The Cycle” has been the biggest selling album in Staind’s catalog.    “Outside” featuring guest vocals by flavor of the month vocalist, Fred Durst, of Limp Bizkit and “It’s Been Awhile”, the #1 Modern Rock Song of the Year, set the tone for the CD.   But more aggressive tracks like “Fade” and “For You” were the songs that spoke loudest to their hardcore fan base.   Parents that just get it, frustrations with abuse of authority, and teen angst is vividly captured in this 2001 Staind classic. Check out the slow motion breakdown around the 1:45 mark!