Unbelievably, it did NOT rain on Thursday night when Aaron Lewis took the stage at Stir Cove. He and the nearly full house were both thrilled and elated. Lewis has had his issues with the Nebraska weather in the past, and this was a concert rescheduled from earlier this year due to a rain out. Finally, Lewis and his fans could share a rewarding evening together.
Lewis, as you already know, was the lead singer in the band Staind, but has since moved into the country music genre and gleaned an additional level of loyal followers. Every concert Lewis performs begins with the Pledge of Allegiance. Thursday was no exception. Men removed their hats, we place our hands over our hearts, and together we recited those words that should provoke goose bumps with every syllable. Then, with a mighty shout out of “God Bless Texas”, the night began with a twang and a strum. This is a conservative Republican individual, but he is still profane, still a bit edgy and still a self-proclaimed ‘sinner’.
Sipping beer and chain smoking between tunes, Lewis gave his audience a 90-minute performance that seemed to thrill the masses. I am a sucker for that deep voice, and I love his words and his emotion…but I admit, I am still getting used to the switch to a country style. But that’s okay – it’s not about what works for me, it’s about what works for the masses. And his new style seems to work for the masses. The attendees were on their feet for most of the night, and the lower bowl was elbow-to-elbow. There were continuous shout outs from the crowd and many sudsy salutes. All in all, it was a metal meets country love fest. And thank goodness…it never rained.
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