Aaron Lewis may be known to many as the frontman of the group Staind. However this evening at the Golden Nugget Casino was about promoting his latest solo country album “Sinner”. The album debuted at Number One on the Billboard Country Albums chart, knocking Jason Aldean’s “They Don’t Know out” from the top spot. Aaron Lewis released his first full-length country LP, The Road, in 2012.
As the show started and Lewis greeted the crowd, and his first request was to ask those in attendance to stand up, remove their hats, and to join him in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Lewis stated, this is how we start all of our shows. From the Pledge of Allegiance they rolled in to the first song, “Country Boy”, followed by “Sinner”, “Statelines”, and “Mama”.
From watching the crowd and their reaction to Lewis, there was an abundance of American Pride in the venue this evening with chants of USA erupting between songs. Except that one guy that kept yelling “Freebird” between songs. Aaron Lewis called him out on it a few times, and in a round about way, saying that it is not only was it annoying him, but that the fans around that guy should take notice and solve the issue.
The next song was the first Staind song of the set “Right Here”, from the Chapter V album released in 2005.
Aaron Lewis played a well-traveled Fender Telecaster throughout the evening. It was covered with various signatures of other musicians. He told the story of finding this guitar in a Nashville pawn shop, and proceeds to read some of the signatures on the guitar…Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Marty Stuart, Loretta Lynn, Vince Gill, as the crowd cheered for each name as they were read. The last name he mentioned was Merle Haggard, as the band kicked into “Heaven Was a Drink of Wine”.
The night’s performance contained tracks off both The Road and Sinner albums. Lewis did play three Staind songs during the evening including, “It’s Been a While” and set closer “Outside” which was part of a four song solo acoustic encore to close out the evening.