From alternative and nu metal music of Staind, to performing as a country music star all on his own, Aaron Lewis has had quite a journey. This is the story of a guy who believes in living his dreams and is not afraid to improvise or push his limits in order to realize them. Not a lot of artists over the years have jumped from one side of the music spectrum to the other like Lewis has and for that he deserves a lot of credit and applause. It is not an easy feat to achieve by any stretch of imagination.
Aaron Lewis is not afraid to experiment and his career trajectory is a perfect illustration of that. There is absolutely nothing in common between the music he plays with Staind and the music he performs to as a solo artist, but then Lewis has not really been one to conform to conventional boundaries. He is now on tour and even though 2017 might be heading into its last stretch, partying isn’t over for Lewis. He will be performing all through the rest of 2017 and then for a big part of 2018 too. If you want to see him live, then book your Aaron Lewis tickets.
Early Life and Influences
Aaron Lewis was born in Rutland City, Vermont. There was a lot of country music around him. Everywhere he would go, it was country music and even at home his grandfather would have country music playing on an old radio. Lewis said this about his grandfather’s love with all things country:
"He was a huge country fan." It was Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and George Jones — that old school, tear-at-your-heart-strings country.”
But as fate would have it, Lewis and his family moved out of Vermont after the death of his grandfather and the connection with country music was severed. He made new friends and they were all into Mötley Crüe, Metallica and Megadeth. Country music took a backseat.
Aaron Lewis and Mike Mushok met for the first time in 1993 and the latter then introduced Lewis to Jon Wysocki. Johnny April was then brought onboard to complete the first line up of Staind. The band started off performing covers of other major bands locally and then came out with their first studio album “Tormented.” Since it was a self-released record, it did not get much traction.
Breakthrough and Recognition
Staind then made their major label debut with the album “Dysfunction” in 1999. It took a while for the album to resonate with the masses and six months after its release, it eventually made it to the top of the Heatseeker Charts. To promote the album, Staind went on multiple tours and one of those was the “Family Values Tour” with big names like The Crystal Method and Limp Bizkit.
Then came “Break the Cycle” in 2001 to put Staind on the map in a big way. The record went straight to the number one spot on the Billboard 200 on its debut and sold more copies in its first week than any other album barring one in 2001. The album went five times platinum in the US, platinum in the United Kingdom and twice platinum in Australia. It managed to sell over seven million copies around the globe. Break the Cycle to this day remains their most commercially successful album.
They then released “14 Shades of Grey” in 2003 and the album went platinum in the US. Staind released seven studio albums, one live album, one compilation album and two video albums. Aaron Lewis and Staind had shot to stardom. After spending just over a decade with the band, Aaron Lewis decided to take a crack at his first love, country music.
Notable Work and Album Releases
Lewis’s love for country music was rekindled in 1999. And he credits Kid Rock for that. Staind and Kid Rock were touring together that year and Lewis got to spend a lot of time in Rock’s van. This is how he recalls that experience:
"The only thing on the stereo was old country music." It was a blast from the past. It brought back all these memories. I haven't been able to get away from it since."
Aaron Lewis came out with his first country EP in 2011. It was titled “Town Line” but it did not really do anything for him. Not one to give up, he went to work on his debut country music album and released “The Road” in 2012. The record went to the thirtieth spot on the U.S. Billboard 200 and to the seventh spot on the U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums.
His next album was titled “Sinner” and it hit the music stores on September 16, 2016. It went to the number four spot on the Billboard 200 and straight to the top of the Top Country Albums.
Aaron Lewis Tour Tickets
Aaron Lewis has a packed schedule for the rest of 2017 and even the first half of 2018. He will not be performing alone though. The next few months will see him team up with the likes of Blackberry Smoke and Alex Williams for a special series of concerts. Once that ends, he will embark on another tour with Brantley Gilbert and Josh Phillips for Gilbert’s The Ones That Like Me Tour, which kicks off in February, 2018. The next few months are going to be very exciting for his fans and if you are one of them, then this is your chance to grab Aaron Lewis tour tickets and see him hit the stage live at an arena near you.